Elizabeth A. Lunt Knowles of Topsham, Maine, a former longtime resident of Montclair and a Montclair High School English teacher, died on May 27, 2022, in Topsham. She was 86.

Born in Sanford, Maine, to Thomas N. and Olive N. Lunt, Mrs. Knowles lived briefly in Goodwin’s Mills, Maine, before moving to East Rochester, New Hampshire. She graduated from Spaulding High School in Rochester, New Hampshire, and magna cum laude from the University of New Hampshire in 1957. 

She moved to Montclair to teach English at Montclair High School and later worked at the Bloomfield Public Library.

Mrs. Knowles lived in Montclair for 34 years and was involved in many community activities. She was a member of the Montclair Junior League and served on the boards of the Montclair-West Essex Guidance Center, the Montclair Counseling Center, the Montclair Art Museum and the New Jersey Chamber Music Society. She was a tutor at Glenfield School.

Active in the Union Congregational Church, she served as deaconess, on the governing board, taught church school for 13 years and sang in the choir. She also sang with the New Jersey Oratorio Society.

In Maine, Mrs. Knowles was active in First Parish Church, Brunswick, where she led the Lay Pastoral Calling program and sang in the choir. She served on the Visiting Committee of Mid-Coast Hospital, on the Bowdoin Friends Steering Committee and on the board of Hospice Volunteers. She was a sustaining member of the Portland Junior League and a member of Bath/Brunswick AAUW. 

Mrs. Knowles is survived by her daughter, Katherine Knowles Sadler (Chris) and three granddaughters, Alexandra, Francesca and Eliane, all of Australia; her sister, Mary L. Ross of Ogunquit, Maine, and two brothers, Gordon A. Lunt of Zephyrhills, Florida, and Brian J. Lunt of Phoenix.

She was predeceased by her husband, William T. Knowles Sr.; her son, William Jr., and brother, Richard T. Lunt.  

A memorial service is planned for June 27 at 11 a.m. at First Parish Church, 9 Cleaveland St., Brunswick, Maine, 04011.

Memorial contributions may be sent to First Parish Church; UNH Foundation, 9 Edgewood Road, Durham, New Hampshire 03824 or Hospice Volunteers, 45 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick. 

Arrangements were by Brackett Funeral Home, Brunswick.