Major Doreen Jessie Knop was promoted to glory from her home at Livingstone Gardens (Vic.) on Wednesday 5 August 2020. She was 97 years young.
The funeral service for Major Doreen Knop was held at Le Pine’s Burwood, on Thursday 13 August 2020, conducted by Major Winton Knop.
Jessie Doreen Smith was born to Richard and Irene on 25 May 1923 in Hobart, Tasmania. Doreen was second of five children who attended Hobart Corps. Doreen left school to work at Cadbury’s Chocolate Factory, then Coles, before joining the WAAF in 1942 and posted to the East Sale Base.
In 1952, Doreen married Albert Knop and together with their three children – Warren, Winton and Annette – left Hobart in 1957 to join the Faithful session at The Salvation Army Officer Training College in Melbourne.
Doreen and Albert were commissioned in 1958, with their first appointment being Orbost Corps, followed by Traralgon Corps (1959-60), Mordialloc Corps (1961-63), Ballarat West Corps (1964-66), Wangaratta Regional (1967-68), Geelong Central Corps (1969-71) and Thornbury Corps (1972-74).
In January 1975, 17 years after leaving college, Doreen and Albert had their first appointment out of Victoria when they were appointed to Perth Fortress (1975-77), followed by Norwood Corps (1978-80), then back to Victoria to Moreland Corps (1981), and Box Hill Corps (198283).
Their final appointment was assistant superintendents at Inala Village, which they faithfully fulfilled from November 1984 until retirement on 1 January 1987. Doreen loved corps ministry serving alongside Albert. Her strengths lay in platform and women’s ministry.
In retirement, Doreen and Albert lived for many years in Mt Eliza and enjoyed lawn bowls, travelling and spending time with family, while continuing to soldier at Box Hill Corps. They moved to Hayville Village, Box Hill South, in 2000. Doreen entered aged care in 2017. Albert was Promoted to Glory in 2019.
Our love, sympathy and prayers are with Major Winton Knop, Warren Knop, Annette Dent, their families, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as the many friends honouring Doreen’s life. May God bring comfort to those who mourn her passing, confident in the knowledge that Doreen is now with her Lord and Saviour.
“Great is thy Faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; All I have needed thy hand has provided; Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.” – Thomas Obediah Chisholm (1866-1960)