Sandra L. (Gilman) Knight of Falmouth died at home February 2 after a lengthy illness. She was 75.

Born in Brookline, she graduated from Dedham High School.

She began her career as a flight attendant with Trans World Airlines in 1964, but was let go in 1967 due to TWA’s “no motherhood” policy. She then worked for the Town of Dedham, during which time she received a commendation from the Governor’s Council for her work during the transition period of Proposition 2 1⁄2.

After a Supreme Court ruling, Ms. Knight resumed her career at TWA as a “returning mother” in 1982. She was awarded the Civilian Desert Shield and Desert Storm Medal for volunteering to work on flights transporting American soldiers to and from the Persian Gulf. Later, she was honored to work on the last TWA flight of the Lockheed L-1011 aircraft.

In the years following her retirement, Ms. Knight worked part time and also volunteered for various organizations, including Meals on Wheels.

She leaves her daughter, Denise Knight Karp of Falmouth; her son, Brian Knight and his fiancée, Kelly Fay, of Medway; six grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and other family.

She was predeceased by her son James Knight; her parents, William and Dorothy Gilman; and her sisters, Barbara Kirby and Judith Henderson.

A gathering of remembrance will be held at a future date. Anyone who wishes to attend should contact

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