Meredith L. Knight
November 04, 1955 - October 31, 2021
Obituary For Meredith L. Knight
Knight, Meredith L., of Arlington on October 31st, 2021, just a few days short of turning 66, Meredith Knight née Leach, passed away. Meredith was born in Natick, Mass. to Anthony Leach and Nancy Middleton on November 4, 1955. Meredith lost her mother at a very young age, but adored her stepmother Helen until she, too, passed away in 2015.
After Meredith graduated from Wayland High School she attended Maryville College in Knoxville, Tenn. She married Lamar Knight, with whom she operated a bookstore in Knoxville. When her marriage ended in divorce she returned to Massachusetts where she made many dear friends that would be with her for the rest of her life.
Meredith had several careers, everything from working at the Food Coop in Central Square to being a concierge at commercial and residential buildings. Her favorite occupation was also her last, cat sitting. She loved all animals, but cats gave her especially great joy.
Meredith was blessed with wide circles of friends and relatives. She was very active as a Quaker with the Friends Meeting at Cambridge and sang and volunteered with the Mystic Chorale. Meredith was an avid listener in the Greater Boston live roots music scene, and a friend to hundreds of musicians and fellow listeners there. For a while she even kept many of her fellow music lovers up to date with her weekly newsletter "Meredith's Music Update". She would make sure that those who dropped in for the music at Sally O'Brien's, Plough and Stars, Toad, and other venues as strangers would be greeted as friends on their next visit.
Meredith had suffered for many years with metastatic thyroid cancer. She bore it courageously and with fortitude. She received excellent care from the medical teams at Mt. Auburn and Massachusetts General Hospitals, and truly cherished everyone on these teams.
A gathering and prayer service will be held on Thursday, November 18, 2021, from 1 - 3 pm at the DeVito Funeral Home, 1145 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, Mass 02476, 781-643-3610 followed by a reception a short walk away at the Sons of Italy, 19 Prentiss Rd, Arlington, MA 02476 (781) 643-4255 from 3 – 6 pm.
Donations in Meredith’s memory in lieu of flowers may be made to:
Charles River Alley Cats P.O. Box 290759; Boston, MA 02129, charlesriveralleycats.org/donate#h.p_b4BGYdHM_uzy
or Thyroid Cancer Survivor Association
ThyCa Donation, P.O. Box 1102, Olney, MD 20830-1102 thyca.org/donations or The Mystic Chorale, Inc. 1337 Mass Ave. Box 161 Arlington, MA 02476, mysticchorale.org/product/donate-to-mystic-chorale/
Meredith was the President of the Cambridge Unit of Church Women United--a national volunteer ecumenical group of women that agrees to differ, resolves to love and unites to serve, characteristics that describes Meredith herself. We of the Massachusetts Chapter will miss her enthusiasm and good humor. "Of a keen mind, she loved people more than books and her faith drew out the best in those around her." The Rev. Pamela J. Cole, President, MA/RI CWU Chapter
I met Meredith at the Cellsr in the early 90's. She immediately started chatting about friends we had in common - one of her favorite thins to discuss. Over t he years, we met at parties, clubs and so forth. She babysat my kids when they were little. She pet sat Comet, Panther, Snooks and Nudnick. She came over gor barbecues and seasonal get together. I hired her to help organize things, help with apartments and so forth. I recommended her for her business ventures. We chatted about many things and I will miss her sorely. She was unflaggingly cheerful and looked on the bright side of situations. She was feistand kind. She was the only Quaker I ever met.
Meredith became a friend of ours through our times spent in the Plough & Stars Pub and Sally O'Brien's Pub. She loved music and loved to dance to the bands performing. We often sat together & shared stories. It's hard to imagine not seeing her again. I hope she is dancing still. -Louise Olson & Scott Kistenberger
I grew to know Meredith when I sat with her during her Chemotherapy sessions when she was being treated for Breast Cancer. I had met her before then, but hadn't really connected with her before. I grew to know about her mom's, her trips to the Cape to see her dad, her joy in the Mystic Chorale and her connection with the Quaker Friends. Meredith had such a large heart. She was brave and loving. Music was a very important part of her life and brought her tremendous joy. Her memory will continue to warm her long list of loving friends. Be at peace.
Meredith was a very kind spirit. She always had a warm smile and welcome whenever I ran into her at the Plough or Sally's. Rest in peace my friend, Florence Fluffy Bergmann
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