Barbara McKnight-Danaher of Perry


Barbara McKnight-Danaher, 72, of Perry passed away Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in Perry, Iowa.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Feb. 4 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Perry. Visitation will be Sunday, Feb. 3 from 1-4 the Carris Family Funeral Home and Cremation Care in Perry. Burial will be at the Violet Hill Cemetery in Perry beside her parents.

Memorials will be given to American Cancer Society and may be left at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent at

Barbara Lynn McKnight-Danaher was born Jan. 9, 1947, in Perry, Iowa, to Robert Meredith and Evelyn Eileen (Bender) Pinnell.

She attended Perry High School, graduating with the class of 1965, and the University of Iowa, receiving a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Barbara was united in marriage to Rich McKnight, and they had four sons together. She was later united in marriage to James (Jim) Francis Danaher at Fairview Methodist Church Nov. 24, 2001.

She worked and taught at the Methodist School of Nursing in Des Moines, was school nurse for the Perry public schools, director of public health nursing for Dallas County and was director of nursing for Child Serve in Johnston and director of nursing for Perry Health Care before retiring to care for her parents.

Barbara was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Perry, the Rotary Club and PEO.

She enjoyed gardening, golf, playing bridge, Hawkeye sports, supporting her children and grandchildren and her bad puns.

In death she rejoins her parents, Robert and Evelyn Pinnell.

Left to cherish Barbara’s memory are her husband, Jim; children, Matthew (Leslie) McKnight of Grinnell, Jason (Cari) McKnight of St. Charles, Mo., Brendan McKnight of Ankeny and Nick (Ariel) McKnight of Perry; two step-daughters, Kelly (John) Olson of Johnston and Trisha (Andrew) Olson of Ankeny; 10 grandchildren, Cade, McKenna, Meredith, Lily, Helen and Ryder McKnight, Roman, Parker, Kellan and Camden Olson; and the Arnold/Pinnell cousins.

Barb’s family would like to thank Suncrest Home Health and Hospice for the phenomenal care that allowed her to remain in her home.


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