McKNIGHT, Rose Marie

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Last Name
Given Names
Rose Marie
VeZain, Rose Marie
Better known as
Date of Birth
Age at Death
Place of Birth
San Diego, California
Family Tree
  McKnight Family Tree
Birth Mother
Birth Father
Ray Anthony McKnight
Raymond Anthony McKnight
Non-Temple Relatives
Body Identification Number
Burial Location
Remains claimed by next of kin; burial location unknown
Source of Death Information
House Foreign Affairs Committee report; FBI document 89-4286-1302 (prepared 12/78)
Entry into Guyana
Residence (US)
Oakland, California 94607
Residence (JT)
Cottage 26
Occupation in U.S./Skills, Talents & Interests
Nurse (RYMUR 89-4286-X-5-a-30); farmer (RYMUR 89-4286-E-2-A-1cccc); housewife (PT occupation record)
Occupation in Jonestown (Temple Records)
Field worker (RYMUR 89-4286-PP-8-M-4); Herbal kitchen (RYMUR 89-4286-E-2-A-1zzz); Cook (RYMUR 89-4286-E-2-A-1cccc)
Jonestown Roles (FBI Records)
Government Income
“I remember Rose Marie at school. We shared an art class together. She was always so happy and loved to make people laugh. I have an old picture that she took of me and another classmate...the only remembrance of her in that picture was her straw tote bag which she carried all the time. I was shocked and heartbroken when I heard about her passing in that I will never forget. I miss you Rose Marie!! ” - Philene Gordon

Remembrance of Rose Marie McKnight ” - Philene Gordon

“I went to Chollas Elementary School with Rose and we were friends. She was such a nice person but kids teased her about her weight. She would cry sometimes. I have thought of Rose many times over the years and wondered what became of her. Recently, I attended my high school reunion and inquired about her. I was told she was a part of the Jonestown massacre. I refused to believe it until I found this site. I was still in denial until I saw her picture. It was the same sweet face I remembered from elementary school. I hope all the cruel teasing did not scar her and cause her to join Peoples Temple. It saddens me to know that such an extremely nice person died so tragically. I will always remember you Rose. ” - Carolyn Brooks-Provost

Reclaiming a Childhood Friendship ” - Carolyn Brooks-Provost