Mary Ann Knox

December 22, 1939 ~ February 10, 2021 (age 81)


Mary Ann Knox
Essex JCT., VT

Mary Ann Knox, 81, passed away peacefully after a brief cancer illness, on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, with her family by her side. 

She was born December 22, 1939 in Burlington, VT, the daughter of Angelo John and Ida Mae (Liberty) Ramaccia. Mary Ann was a graduate of Cathedral High School in 1957.  She attended Syracuse University, the University of Vermont and Vermont Technical College.  

Mary Ann married the love of her life, Leo S. Knox, Jr. on April 23, 1960 in St. Albans, For 52 years they made many happy memories together until Leo passed away in 2013. 

Mary Ann raised her children in a neat and organized home.  She loved to cook and was a Brownie, Girl Scout, and 4H leader.  She spent time at her children’s activities and sporting events.  She was a member of the Brownell Library and a library volunteer in the 1970’s,  

When she returned to work Mary Ann received her real estate license and worked for Hahn Real Estate in Essex Junction.  She started her career at IBM in 1980 where she received her Engineering Technician Degree and worked as an engineering technician until her retirement in 1996.  

Mary Ann had many friends and a very active social life.  She organized lunches with her CHS friends, backyard sushi gatherings and her famous New Year’s Day parities. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary at VFW Post 6689 in Essex Junction where she attended many events over the years.  She still met on Tuesday and Fridays with her special friends even playing bridge until Covid made it unsafe to do so.   Mary Ann continued to stay in touch with her many IBM friends and wonderful neighbors.  

Mary Ann enjoyed spending time with her grandsons most of all and whom she   loved deeply.  She enjoyed attending their sporting events, plays, concerts, and graduations.  She was tech savvy and kept in touch with them by texting, Facebook and Instagram.  

She kept her great sense of humor and a sharp wit right up until she passed.  

Left to cherish Mary Ann’s memory are her sons Michael Knox of Essex Junction and John (Erin) Knox also of Essex Junction; daughter Kathleen (Peter) Twombly of Shelburne; grandsons Alex Twombly, Jonathan Twombly and Will Knox; and brother-in-law Michael Lumbra. She also leaves her loving sister Carole Halpin to whom she spoke daily.  They spent every Tuesday together on some adventure shopping for bargains or going to lunch, anything just to get out of the house!

She was predeceased by her parents; husband, Leo; and sister Nancy Lumbra.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Bayada Home Hospice for all the wonderful care they provided.  A special thanks to Caroline Shiftel for the hospice care she provided during the last weeks of Mary Ann’s life so she was able to pass peacefully at home surrounded by her family.

There will be no services at this time due to Covid.  A Mass and celebration of Mary Ann’s life will take place in the summer when it is safe to gather.  

Mary Ann always believed in supporting those in need.  In lieu of flowers please make a donation in her memory to Aunt Dot’s Place, P.O. Box 8216, Essex Junction, VT  05452 or The Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS), by mail at P.O. Box 1616, Burlington, VT  05402 or on-line at

Arrangements are in care of Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home, 9 Pleasant Street, Essex Junction, VT  05452.









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