Sybil Francille Knott, 97, of Canton passed away Monday, April 13, 2009 at 12:02 pm at Sunset Manor Care, Canton. Born, in Cuba, IL on October 2, 1911 the daughter of Bartie and Ella Valencia (Davidson) Herring, she married Willard Saunders Knott on April 1, 1934 in Decatur. He died July 6, 1987. Also preceding her in death were her parents, one daughter, Barbara Knott Mallard, who died January 11, 2002, and one brother, Ross B. Herring. Surviving are one son, Willard “Bill” Ross (Margie) Knott of Madison, WI; five grandchildren; Meg Knott (John) Chiodo, Valencia Mallard (Mark) Buchtenkirch, Kirk A. (Laurie) Knott, Charles R. (Cynthia) Mallard, and Carrie Charlene Mallard, and nine great-grandchildren; Andrew Chiodo, McKenzie Mallard, Brooke Buchtenkirch, Luke Mallard, Sophie Chiodo, Madelyn Knott, Jay Buchtenkirch, Emily Irene Knott, and Logan Mallard. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Barbara K. Herrick, a niece, two nephews, and several grand nieces and nephews. Sybil was a charter member of one of the first 4-H Clubs organized in Fulton County, and won many honors for her sewing projects, including county, state, and three National Championships, and the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy for the most outstanding records. She was an active member of the P.T.A., serving as President of John Dean P.T.A. and the Canton City Council of P.T.A.’s and worked diligently to get Spoon River Community College organized in Canton. She was a life member of the Illinois and National Congress of Parents and Teachers. Sybil has been a member of Wesley United Methodist Church since January 29, 1939, serving in numerous areas, including president of the United Methodist Women, and the B.Y.K. Sunday School Class. She was also a member of the Rebecca and Lydia-Esther Fellowships, a 50 year plus member of the Order of Eastern Star, and a former member of the Y.W.C.A., and its Business and Professional Women’s Club. She worked over 20 years for Spoon River Electric Co-operative, retiring November 1, 1976. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a Memorial Service on Friday, April 24th at 11:30 am at Wesley United Methodist Church, Canton with an hour prior visitation. Rev. Roger Russell will be officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Canton. A luncheon by the United Methodist Women will immediately follow the service. Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Memorial Grant Scholarship Fund of Wesley United Methodist Church.