Mrs. Jill Poole Knox

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“I thought I could add our family favorite memory of Jill separately but couldn’t so I will add it. Every summer a bunch of Hampton moms would bring...Read More »
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“There’s so much to say about Jill and our almost 40 years of friendship that it’s hard to know where to start. We began our friendship in North...Read More »
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“Wonderful Jill Knox brought joy into the lives of others. Her heart-warming personality, kindness, and willingness to help others has made this world...Read More »
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“Tears of joy for where you are Tears of sorrow for the world without youSuddenly you were...Read More »
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“Dear Charley , Stephanie,Will and families,We were very sorry to her of Jill’s passing . We will always remember her smile and wonderful laugh....Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Roe Morri - Friend

“We miss you, Gaga ❤ ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: Stephanie Knox Steiner

“I received Jill's scholarship for the AATH. Today as I clown, write and speak around the world about healing, I am extending her gift of love and...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Guy Giard - Friend

“My flamingo buddy. ❤ ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: Angie Robinson - Friend

“When we realized my beautiful Aunt Jill wasn't going to get well again, a strange thing happened: a movie, of sorts, started playing in my mind. .Not...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Jason Poole - Family

“I taught with Jill at Reserve Elementary and have great memories of those 4 years. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: Mary Lou Ross - Friend


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Jill Poole Knox, 72, of Oceanside, CA, passed away on January 16, 2021 from complications related to type 1 diabetes.

Jill was born on August 1, 1948 in Pittsburgh, PA, where she lived until 2007 when she moved to Oceanside. She graduated from Edinboro University (PA) with a Bachelor of Science in Education, and taught in public schools for 18 years with a specialization in special education. She dedicated her life to service and took on leadership volunteer roles at church, school and community organizations throughout her life. In her second career, Jill forged a path focusing on the therapeutic and healing dimensions of humor and laughter, and became active in the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor (AATH), for which she served as president from 2013-2015. She was a Certified Humor Professional and Certified Laughter Leader, and she passionately believed in the important role that therapeutic humor and laughter can play in building a more peaceful world.

Her contagious joy and zest for life continue on in her loved ones and the many lives she touched. She is survived by her mother, Anna Lou Poole; her siblings Craig Poole and Wendy Devlin; her husband of 46 years, Charley Knox; their daughter Stephanie Knox Steiner, Stephanie's husband Greg Steiner, and their daughter Daphne Steiner; and her son Will Knox and his wife Shalee Sucher. She is predeceased by her father David James Poole and her brother Mark Poole.

Celebrations of her life will be held in Pittsburgh and San Diego when it is safe to gather again. In the meantime, the family is inviting donations to be made in her name to the AATH Jill Knox Peace Scholarship Fund and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund.