In Memory

Robert L. Edens, III

Bob died July 10, 2012.  He was living in Palm Beach, Florida at the time of death.

September 16, 2003

Frances Talbert Knight, a lifelong gardener and benefactor of Cornell University, died of cancer, September 13 at her home in the Village of Golf, Florida. She was 78. She was the widow of Lester B. Knight Jr., founder and President of Lester B. Knight & Associates, an engineering consulting firm, who died in 1989. Born Frances Jane Talbert in Columbia, Missouri, she received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri in 1946. The youngest daughter of Mary Williams Talbert and Thomas Jesse Talbert, Professor of Horticulture at the University, she developed a love of gardening at an early age. Shortly after her first marriage to Robert L. Edens Jr., in 1946, she became Community Nutrition Director for the City of Bridgeport, Connecticut, and an assistant food editor at McCall's magazine in New York City. She and her husband raised her children, Stephanie Edens Wilson and Robert L. Edens III, in Ardsley-on-Hudson, New York, and later in Winnetka, Illinois. In Winnetka, she was a member of the Winnetka Garden Club, Christ Church, and Indian Hill Club. Among her principal charitable activities were the Chicago Botanic Gardens, the Woman's Board of RushPresbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, and the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was a staff assistant and member of the Antiquarian Society. She enjoyed tremendously her summers in Nantucket, Massachusetts, where she maintained a home for over thirty years and where she was a member of the Nantucket Garden Club, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, and the Nantucket Yacht Club. When she married Lester B. Knight in 1980, she became a resident of the Village of Golf, Florida, where she was a member of The Country Club of Florida, Gulfstream Bath and Tennis Club, and The Little Club. She was a founding member of the Grass River Garden Club. Mr. Knight was a benefactor of his alma mater Cornell University, and following his death she continued his support of Cornell as a Presidential Councillor. In addition to her children, she is survived by her sister Patricia Ann Stark of Fort Collins, Colorado, and five grandchildren. The family asks that in place of flowers donations be sent to: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 188 South Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach, Florida 33444. A memorial service at the church is planned for this fall.

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04/13/16 11:45 PM #1    

Robert Humphrey

Every summer of my life I have gone to Nantucket, as I have family there. But it wasn't until 2001 that I ran into Bob Edens there. He was at another table at the Woodbox, one of my favorite restaurants. I reintroduced myself to him and we spent time recalling all the classes we had together at Skokie. It turned out that his house was only two doors from my aunt and it was the oddest of chances that we hadn't run into each other sooner.

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