PEARL FOSHAY KNAPP SMALLEY
A graveside memorial service will be held on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. on July 31, 2011, honoring the life of Pearl Foshay Knapp Smalley. The service will be held at the Hopewell Cemetery in Hopewell Junction, at the grave of her first husband, Kenyon Knapp, and will be conducted by her grand-nephew, Rev. Brian McIntyre, pastor of Lakeview Community Church in Carmel. Friends are encouraged to join family members at this service.
The third daughter of the late Harold D. and Mila Foshay was born on June 13, 1921, in the Town of Kent and named Georgia Pearl, but was known to family and friends as “Pearl.” She grew up there and graduated from Carmel High School in 1939. On Sept. 5, 1943, she was united in marriage to Kenyon W. Knapp from Hopewell Junction and they resided at various locations in the Town of Kent. She dedicated her life to her Savior, Jesus Christ, and helped many people find that same faith in Christ, and grow in it, by serving as a Sunday school teacher for many years at the Kent and Fishkill Baptist Church. In the 1960s, Pearl took the training and became a Licensed Practical Nurse. After her father died, she took in her mother and cared for her in her own home. In the early 1970s, she worked at Guideposts in Carmel. After her husband died, she was remarried on Aug. 7, 1976, to a long-time friend, Elton B. Smalley. They resided in Beacon, and in the mid 1980s, they moved to St. Petersburg, FL. After suffering a debilitating stroke in 2004, she was placed in a rehabilitation facility there. Even in rehab, Pearl retained her cheerful attitude. In July 2010, her husband, Elton, died. On April 19, 2011, our merciful God took her home to live forever with Him. She was 89 years old. She was pre-deceased by her two older sisters, Elma and Irene. Surviving her are two nieces: Leah McIntyre and Ella DiLeonardo of Hobe Sound, FL; two nephews: Roger Sprague of Mechanicsburg, PA, and Herbert Knapp of Lawrenceville, GA; and several grandnieces and grand-nephews.