Obituary of Shirley Mae Knight
Piscataway – Shirley Mae Holland Knight, 88, passed away Tuesday, May 23, 2023 in Brighton Gardens of Edison.
Born in Jersey City, NJ to the late Harvey and Margaret Holland, Shirley spent her early years between her home in Jersey City during the school year and the family farm in Virginia during the summer. Shirley graduated from Snyder High School and shortly thereafter married the love of her life Alvin Knight. Shirley and Alvin bought a 3-family home on Clendenny Avenue that served as the family home for generations, even after Shirley and Alvin moved to Piscataway. Prior to the move she worked as a secretary for Empire Aluminum. While she retired from full-time work after moving to Piscataway Shirley returned to part-time work in the Piscataway School District and with Township libraries and would always serve as caregiver to infirm family.
She enjoyed completing crossword puzzles and word finds, watching her soaps and game shows and taking an occasional trip to Atlantic City. Shirley will be remembered as a strong and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend.
Predeceased by her husband of 64 years, Alvin Knight; two daughters, Margaret Lucille Reeves and Yvonne Theresa Rowan and sister, Dathenia Sessoms; surviving are her son, Alvin C. Knight, Esq. and wife Nikki; son in law, Quan Rowan as well as her grandchildren, Shan L. Reeves and wife Lauren; Diara Evonne Reeves and “adopted” grandchild Keisha Scott.
Shirley is also survived by her great grandchildren, Ashley, Alexus, Austin, Malia; great great grandchild Amiyah and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at the Piscataway Funeral Home, 18 Stelton Rd., Piscataway, NJ on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at 11am, family and friends may begin to gather at 10am.
Burial will take place at Clover Leaf Memorial Park in Woodbridge directly following the Funeral.
Visitation will take place Tuesday May 30, 2023 from 7-9pm also at the Piscataway Funeral Home.
For those able to attend, feel free to wear something yellow to send Shirley home surrounded by her favorite color.