Monday, August 5, 2013
Christina Lynn Knoth, 61, of Sunnyside passed away on Monday, July 22, 2013, at her home surrounded by her loving family. Tina was born July 4, 1952 in Seattle, the daughter of Thomas C. and Kathleen H. McLean. She graduated from Queen Anne High School in 1970 and YVCC in Grandview. Tina had her first child, Jessica on July 26, 1974. They were a duo for five years until Tina's best friend introduced her to her boyfriend's brother,-Bart. In 1981 Tina and Bart uprooted from Seattle and moved to Mabton. She got a job working in Grandview at the Law Office of Bingham, Blechschmidt and Maxwell. In May of 1982, she married Bart Knoth in Prosser. A year later the couple was blessed with a second daughter, Carly. That same year she started working at Washington State Migrant Council, where she worked for 30 years until she retired. Tina had a heart of gold and especially for animals and Sunnyside's youth. Tina was instrumental in running Sunnyside's Boxing Club and making sure they had a place to train and get to their events. She was a second mom to many of the boys. She served on the CAB (Community Accountability Board), a program that helped juveniles who had gotten into minor trouble with the law avoid going to juvenile detention, but still be held accountable for their actions. She led many book drives for young readers and coordinated "reading corners" down at the Sunshine Days celebrations. During the holidays she volunteered for food drives and preparing dinners for those less fortunate; everything from 'Stuff the Bus' to cooking turkeys for community feasts. She was a member of the Sunnyside chapter of The Lions Club. Boy was she an animal lover. One of her favorite places to be was digging in her garden with one of her many dogs; especially Annie. She also gave to charities and helped the Yakima Humane Society, Books for Soldiers, Lower Valley Hospice and other animal rescue programs. She loved the Mariners and would sit in front of the T.V. and crochet the monster purple blanket while she listened and yelled at the T.V. "YOU FOOLS!" Tina was also an avid reader. She eventually had to get a Kindle so that she could have something to read because she would finish a book so quickly that the library could not even keep up with her. As much as she loved her daughters, she was especially proud of her grandsons. She often said "If I could skip the children and go straight to the grandchildren that would have been the only way to go." Tina looked forward to her Sunday night dinners with her family. It had become a tradition that Jessica, Carly, Andre, Boo and Brittney would join Bart and Tina for a couple hours of good food, Dominoes and laughter. Tina was proud of her Scottish heritage. She belonged to the Clan MacLean of Duart. She enjoyed reading about Scotland, learning about the traditions, and attending The Scottish Highland Games. Tina was such a loving and genuine person. She made friends wherever she went. She embraced the Sarmiento and Vialon families that Jessica married into as her own and all the kids called her 'Nana'. Growing up, many of her daughters' friends called her mom. She was someone you could count on, who would listen to you, give advice and had a bubbly personality. She is survived by her loving husband, Bart Knoth; daughters, Jessica (Bobby) Sarmiento and Carly Knoth (Stephen Brandmire); grandsons, Andre (Brittney Saldana) Sarmiento and Boo Sarmiento; and one great- grandchild due in March. She is also survived by her mother, Kathleen McLean; one brother, David (Connie) McLean; one sister, Barbara McLean; many nieces and nephews; and extended family members. Tina was preceded in death by her father, Thomas C. Mclean; mother-in-law, Louise Knoth; father-in-law, George Knoth; and one brother-in-law, Calvin Knoth. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lower Valley Hospice. Those wishing to sign Christina's on-line memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com Smith Funeral Homes Ltd. and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.