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Laurel A. Knight

Laurel A. Knight, of Stuart, Florida, formerly of Ipswich, passed peacefully February 4, 2022, in Orchid Cove Nursing Home in Port Salerno, Florida at age 77. 

Laurel (Gibbons) was born in Melrose, on December 5, 1944, the daughter of the late K. Agnes and Allen Graham Gibbons. Laurel graduated from Melrose High School and went on to attend Salem State College. In her youth, Laurel was a ballet dancer and was chosen to join the New York City Ballet. Following college Laurel worked for thirty years for the “Ma Bell” phone companies: New England Telephone, AT&T and Verizon, until her retirement with a CWA Union pension. During these years she earned many sales awards, notably a two-week all-expense paid trip to Italy for her and her late husband, Herbert L. Knight.

In 1991, she married Herb, a proud WWII Veteran and North Shore contractor. The couple resided at Bayview Road, Ipswich until 2002 when they moved to Stuart, residing at Miles Grant Country Club Cove. Following her retirement from the “Ma Bell” phone companies, Laurel and Herb had many years of good life sailing New England waters from Ipswich to Cape Cod. Laurel began a second career in real estate in Ipswich and continued to be an outstanding real estate agent for Real Estate of Florida, where she sold more homes in Country Club Cove and Miles Grant than all other agents. Herb and Laurel enjoyed life there at Miles Grant until Herb’s passing in 2006. Throughout her life, Laurel cared for many people, friends in Ipswich, husband Herb in his illness, and her companion, Miles Grant Golf Champion, James Passantino.

Laurel is survived by her daughter, Michelle Ferland and her husband, Richard of Smithfield, NC; granddaughter Felicity Ferland of Clayton, NC; two sisters, Ruth Epple and her husband, William, of Mount Bethel, PA, and Charlotte Penney of Methuen, and a brother, Robert A. Gibbons, and his wife, Brenda, of Stuart, FL. She was predeceased in October 2020 by granddaughter, Chante Ferland.

Laurel’s funeral service will be held graveside 11 am Thursday, April 14 in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Town Farm Rd. Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.


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