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Nancy Marie (Rupcke) Knighten

July 27, 1951 ~ September 24, 2020 (age 69)


Mrs. Nancy Marie (Rupcke) Knighten, 69, of Smithland, KY, passed away Thursday, September 24, 2020, at Mercy Health (Lourdes) Hospital in Paducah.

Nancy worked for 17 years at the Executive Inn in Paducah as a cook.  She loved hummingbirds, gardening, and was the best cook.  She was of Baptist Faith.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Thomas Knighten, three daughters, Carrie (Joey) Crawford of Tiline, KY, Shanna DeBoe of Golconda, IL, and Kim Knighten of Smithland, KY; step-son, Michael Knighten of Paducah; two sisters, Elaine Lee of Grand Rivers, KY, and Ann Paschall of Paducah, KY; three brothers, James Rupcke of Smithland, KY, Jerry Rupcke of Paducah, KY, and Joe Rupcke of Kevil, KY; seven grandchildren, Emily Southern, Hunter Crawford, Cody Crawford, Jarod Crawford, Haleigh Crawford, Hannah Knighten; and Aiden Hale; one great grandson, Knox Hunt; and several nieces and nephews.

Nancy was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters; and her parents, Fredrick and Pearl Ward Rupcke.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at 2 PM, in the chapel of Boyd Funeral Directors and Cremation Services.

Burial will follow in Scott’s Chapel Cemetery.

Friends may visit with the family from 12 Noon until the funeral hour in the chapel of Boyd Funeral Directors and Cremation Services in Salem.

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September 29, 2020

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Boyd Funeral Directors and Cremations Services

Funeral Service
September 29, 2020

2:00 PM
Boyd Funeral Directors and Cremation Services
212 East Main Street
Salem, KY 42078

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