Found her on the 1920 Justice Precinct 1, Medina, Texas census (dist 144 img 7) as Mary Anna Finger
age 2 years 3 months.
Found her on the 1930 Precinct 1, Medina, Texas census (dist 2 img 16) as Mary E. Finger
Found her on the 1940 Other Places, Medina, Texas census (dist 163-2 img 17) as Mary E. Ellis
age 22. She and her daughter Gail E.
are living with her parents.
Mary Emma Finger Ellis Knapp was the sixth of 11 children born to John M. Finger and Emma T. Rothe Finger
Raised in Hondo, Texas she had many stories of growing up in this rambunctious and fun-loving clan included happy visits to the Rothe Ranch in nearby D'Hanis, card games and spontaneous dance parties persisting into the wee hours, and the multiple loaves of bread her mother baked daily to feed not just the family, but extended family, friends and neighbors who were always welcomed.
She was a graduate of the now named University of the Incarnate World in San Antonio, where she majored in music. In later years, she added her striking soprano to the Noted Offutaires, a popular officer's wives' choral group at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.
The quintessential Air Force wife, Mary Emma served side by side with her husband Jim, for his 37 year career, and making base quarters into home in places as far flung as Goose Bay, Labrador; Torrejon, Spain, and Seoul, South Korea
When not busy with many duties of a general's wife, she could be found passionately competing (and usually winning) on the golf course or at the bridge table.
Mary Emma and Jim were stationed at Offutt AFB from 1957-1963 and 1964 to 1969. He retired in 1972, and they built a home in Fontenlle Hills where they lived until 1996 at which time they moved to San Antonio.
Preceded by Parents Emma and John, 10 siblings, Husband: Gale Eugene Ellis (1938) Husband: Maj. Gen James B. Knapp
Survived by: Children: Gail Greene, Meta Fouts, Mary Beth Susman, Barbara Mason, J. Barclay Knapp Jr. 14 grandchildren 20 great grandchildren 1 great-great grandchild. - Omaha World Herald July 2016