Mary Knoxsah

Mary Knoxsah, of White Cloud, KS, passed away Wednesday evening, May 8, at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City.

Mary graduated from Haskell Indian Nations University in the early 1980s. She was very active with the surrounding Native American communities. She worked for the Kansas City Indian Center, Kickapoo Housing, Sac & Fox Housing and more.  Mary was the chairwoman of the Iowa Tribe Powwow Committee, a volunteer foster parent to many Native American children and a volunteer at many community events. She was an enrolled member of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, as well as a descendant of the Wichita, Caddo and Delaware Tribes.

Mary and David “Skup” Knoxsah of Horton, KS, were married in the early 1980s. He passed away in 2005.

She is survived by five children, Aaron Shaad, Independence, MO, Quanna Shaad and Shona Knoxsah, Overland Park, KS, Alex Knoxsah, Horton, and Armando Knoxsah, White Cloud; six grandchildren; her siblings, John Conklin, Horton, Jean Conklin, Wellsburg, NY, Nancy Schlichting, Hiawatha, KS, and Cindy Kelly, Lawrence, KS. Mary was very close to all of her family, including her nieces and nephews.

Preceding Mary in death were her husband, her mother, Wynema Conklin, her father, Ted Conklin, and her brother, Teddy Conklin Jr.

The family and the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska hosted a memorial dinner for Mary on Saturday at the George Ogden Building in White Cloud.

Condolences may be shared with the family at

Arrangements were by the Cremation Center of Kansas City, 913-384-5566.

Leave a Reply

Social Media