Gwendolyn Dee Knotwell Luman went to join the Lord on January 28th, 2020. She is survived by her husband, Jim Luman; her daughter, Christina Brennan and son-in-law John Brennan; her son, Wes Caywood and daughter-in-law Amy Caywood; six grandchildren: Alayna, Mason and Reece Brennan; Chris, Caroline and Madyn Caywood; three sisters: Mavis Short, Dona Alps and Vera Knotwell; stepdaughters Kelley Safin and Tracy Snyder; step-grandchildren Nick Safin, Amanda Brackens and Blaine Snyder; step-great-grandchildren, Harper, Aidan and Mackenzie, as well as numerous cherished nephews and their children and grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Eunice Knotwell and her brother Raymond Knotwell.
Gwen was born on February 28th, 1941 in Encampment, WY and moved with her family to Fort Collins, CO as a child. She graduated from high school in Fort Collins and attended Paradise Valley School of Nursing in San Diego, CA to pursue her dream of becoming a registered nurse. After marriage and living in Corpus Christi, TX and Alexandria, LA, Gwen moved to the Houston area in 1968 where she would remain the rest of her life. She and Jim were married June 4, 1998 and lived in Tomball for the past 20 years.
She greatly enjoyed her career in nursing and worked labor and delivery before joining the Harris County Health Department where she would work until retirement in 1996 after many years of service and earning her Pediatric Nurse Practitioner degree. After retirement, she continued to practice as a private nurse for many years and loved keeping up with the latest developments in her field.
Gwen’s greatest joy was her grandchildren and being involved in their lives. She took great pride in their accomplishments. She looked forward to annual get-togethers with her three sisters, where they went sightseeing, shopping, laughed and reminisced. She loved her family, all children, travel, country & western dancing and making crafts. She enjoyed watching Houston sports teams, as well as Texas Aggie and Navy football.
Gwen was loved by everyone who knew her and known as a generous, caring person. She will be deeply missed and remembered for her genuine concern for friends and family, her sense of humor and her ever-present curiosity about all things medical.
A celebration of life service will be held at Cypress-Fairbanks Funeral Home on February 29th at 2 pm
Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
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