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On the morning of April 13, 2023, Vanita Marie Morris Knight entered into eternity. She was preceded in death by her father, JD Morris, her mother, Josephine Morris, her nephew, Chuck Haist, and her grandparents, aunts, uncles, and several close friends.
She is survived by her spouse, Floyd Knight, her daughters Beth (Demetrius) Murphy and Brandy (Michael) Bilsland, grandson James (Taylor) Mapp, sister Virginia Haist, brother David (Carol) Morris, niece Kathalee (Tom) Peters (Makenzie & Aiden), nephew Jonathan (Jennifer) Morris (Emily, Tyler & Amber) and many beloved extended family and friends.
Vanita was born on November 24, 1945, in Atlanta, GA at Crawford Long Hospital. She grew up in Forest Park, GA, and spent the majority of her life in various cities in Georgia. She graduated from Crawford Long School of Nursing in 1966. She was the true definition of a nurse. She loved what she did and it showed in how much her patients loved her. She worked in just about every aspect of nursing including ER, OR, ICU, CCU, administration, and ended her career as an IV infusion and phone nurse for MS patients. She was also an Advanced EMT and became one of Georgia’s first female EMT instructors. She loved sharing her knowledge of emergency medicine and life-saving skills with others. She received many awards and commendations throughout her long career as a nurse and EMT. She had a very strong work ethic which she passed down to her daughters. More than anything else, she loved being a grandmother to her only grandson, James, and later to his wife, Taylor. However, she also loved being a “Nanny” to those who did not have one or just needed another to love. She was very active in her church and truly loved the lord. She enjoyed traveling, especially with her daughters, Beth & Brandy, and her favorite places to visit were the mountains and the beach. However, she did also love a good Disney trip. She was an avid reader and loved game shows. In fact, everyone knew not to bother her from 7pm-8pm nightly as she watched Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! She was loved by so many because when she became your friend, she was there for you for life and considered you family.
A celebration of Vanita’s life will be held on May 13, 2023 at 2:00 pm at Dunwoody Community Church (dunwoodychurch.org). There will be a fellowship to follow. We are asking that everyone wear blue as that was her favorite color. If you would like to do something besides flowers, please donate to either her church, Dunwoody Community Church or the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BRCF) in her memory.