Shara Lynn McKnight


On June 20th, 2019, Shara Lynn (Longest) McKnight, loving mother and devoted Christian, passed away at the age of 69 with her daughter and dog by her side. Shara was born on April 17th, 1950 in Indianapolis, Indiana. She graduated from North Central High School and received an Associates Degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. Shara was the kindest person who always saw the good in people. She overcame several health challenges throughout her life and took pride in her ability to inspire others. For many years she took her dogs to the nursing home in Zionsville for pet therapy and took great pleasure in her time with the residents and fellow dog owners. Shara was an active member of Trader's Point Christian Church in recent years but she was also active within and maintained close ties with Zionsville United Method Church. She enjoyed studying the Bible and volunteering her time to help others. Shara will be immensely missed and is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Kelly and Koa Barghausen; brother and sister-in-law Hubert and Joan Longest; nephew and niece-in-law James and Amie Longest, and great niece Julia; nephew and niece-in-law Thomas and Darci Longest, and great nieces Payton, Kinley and Piper. Shara is preceded in death by her mother and father Hubert and Lelah Longest; sister Rebecca Longest; nephew Hubert Longest III; and niece Linda Longest. A memorial service and celebration of life will be held on Saturday, July 27th, 2019 at Zionsville United Methodist Church at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society at
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Linda Johnston-Bennett
Jul 26, 2019
Shara was a wonderful and dear friend. I will miss her terribly, especially at holidays. Very sweet, kind and dear friend. See you when I get there. Love you.
Linda Johnston-Bennett
Jul 26, 2019
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Jane Barlow
Jul 21, 2019
Special thoughts and special memories. Met Shara when we both worked at LS Ayres in High School and remained friends throughout our lives. Took several spectacular vacations together. She visited me in Colorado and I visited her in Indiana. She was a wonderful person and a treasured friend. Miss her so.
The Minnich's
Jul 21, 2019
Shara was one of a kind! She was so kind, generous and true! She always had a smile on her face and you felt so good being around her. Her smile would light up everyones mood. She will TRULY be missed. We knew her from ZUMC from which we became friends. She always enjoyed seeing our children. She was such a wonderful spirit.

You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

John, Kim, Margo & Cooper
Jack barghausen
Jul 18, 2019
I'm sure shara is with the angels I I I only saw her a few times and she was indeed a class lady . I will be forever grateful for her giving our family her wonderful daughter Kelly who has brought much joy and love to us all love Jack/ pops