November 22, 1970 ~ May 24, 2022

Born in: Louisville, KY
Resided in: New Haven, CT

Julia (Hammer) Knight, age 51, of New Haven, passed away at her home after an almost 2-year leukemia battle with her loving family beside her on May 24, 2022. Born in Louisville, KY on November 22, 1970, Julia is survived by her husband and best friend, Daniel M. Knight; her 2 beautiful adult children, Audrey and Winston Knight; her parents, David and Karen (Wallace) Hammer; and her siblings, Jane, Sam, Matt and Ann. Julia received degrees in engineering and nursing. She was someone who always did well in school. Julia was also a nearly full-time spiritual student for over 24 years. She loved growing all things. She loved her garden and her dog Sadie, who is now 10 years old. Julia had the opportunity to serve, and became a minister and a priest, helping to grow a spiritual school and live-in program for spiritual aspirants. She was always a spiritual aspirant herself and continued to seek the divine in all things. She appreciated beauty, both of people and of nature. Like her mother Karen, Julia had a strength for listening and coming to understand others, mainly because she wanted to know more about them. That was a grace in both child rearing and in being a friend to so many. Like her father David, Julia had a sense of knowing where she was and would always route us along the most beautiful ways to get places. She taught her husband many things; the largest was to be in the moment and appreciate the details and the beauty of others’ intentions and life work. She now lives on in her husband, children, her family, and her friends. They all were blessed to have lived a life with her.
Friends are all invited to attend her Memorial and Celebration of Life Service on June 3rd from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT 06518. All are asked to plan on arriving by 6:30 p.m. to settle in before the service begins promptly at 7:00. Out of respect appropriate to the occasion, dress attire is business/business casual; of any color (funeral black is optional and not expected).The service will be sharing of stories, prayers and photos of her family today and Julia’s life as she grew up. After the service, all those who would like to come over to her family’s home at 75 Westwood Rd., New Haven, CT 06515 are welcome and can watch a video celebrating her life. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Julia’s memory may be made to Diamond Approach by taking the following steps:

1. Go to Diamond Approach’s website:
2. Open the Donate tab.
3. Select amount you’d like to donate.
4. Under “Donation Designation,” select Scholarship Donations from the drop down menu.
5. Then under “Scholarships,” select DH Retreats 5. 
6. In the “Notes” add your note, such as “In Honor of Julia Knight.”


Memorial Service: June 3, 2022 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Hamden
2300 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518


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  1. Thought I did not know Julia personally, we had not met due to her returning illness, I was able to meet Daniel and her lovely parents Karen and David.
    I was to help prepare meals that Julia could digest during her treatments. Sadly, the day I went to familiarize myself with her kitchen, and meet her mother to show me around, she had returned to the hospital, and did not beat this awful disease.
    I am not able to join the family in her celebration of life service, as I am down in NC with my 96 yr old mother, as she fell and is in rehab.
    May God and her spirit and be with you
    in your hearts today and always, for she is never far away, in a ray of sunshine, a soft rainfall, a beautiful soft snowfall and in the stars in heaven.
    My heart is with her family,
    God Bless,
    Bette B. Maxwell
    23 Alan Drive
    Ansonia, CT 06401

  2. Dear Dan, Audrey and Winston,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts go out to you. Mary and I will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. We have had the pleasure of meeting and working with Julia a few years ago, as their heating and air conditioning contractor. Every project we did with her Daniel and their family, she met us with her infectious smile every time. She will surely be missed by all of us who knew her and had the pleasure of working with her. To the Knight family, we are so sorry for your loss. Dennis and Douglas D.

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