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Decima May Knight

Decima in 1925

1st Mar 1920 - 2nd Mar 2012

Life History

1st Mar 1920

Born in Richmond.

2nd Jul 1945

Married Robert Button in England.

2nd Mar 2012

Died in Pennsylvania, U.S.


Drewry Family, 1925, click for larger picture

Decima married an American, Bob Button, and went to live in New Jersey.

Decima and Robert had three daughters.


Births Jun 1920    Knight  Decima H  Drewry  Richmond S  2a 1141

Decima in 1931 Decima in 1931 Decima

From the Obituary at

"Decima May Knight Button 92, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 2, with her daughter Marilyn by her side. She had been living at Kendal at Longwood, in Kennett Square, PA, following the death of her husband, Robert E. Button in 2008.

She was born on March 1, 1920, in London, England, the fourth child of Annie Isabella and William F. Knight and the tenth grandchild, hence her name. Her family shared extraordinary musical and dramatic talent, leading Decima to a successful career on the London stage.

DecimaKnight1941.jpgShe began dancing at the age of three, graduated from the Association of Operatic Dancing, performed for several years at the Lyceum and Drury Lane Theatres in London's West End, and entertained the troops during World War II.
She gave a command performance for King George VI and his family at Windsor Castle in the late 1930's.

Decima met her husband on Christmas Day 1942, when American soldiers were welcomed to spend the holiday with English families of similar interests. Robert Button, a pianist, quickly became Decima's accompanist. A musical team was created that lasted 63 years. They were married in July of 1945 in England, and resumed their married life in February 1946, when Decima joined her husband in New Jersey on one of the first planes out of Europe after the war. She became an American citizen in 1952.

Decima shared her musical skills with a wide range of audiences: community theaters, college reunions, retirement communities, churches, schools and family gatherings. Together with her husband, she hosted an annual New Years' Eve gathering at which friends and family enjoyed a gourmet dinner followed by an evening of amateur musical performances.

A consummate seamstress and fashion enthusiast, she enjoyed haute couture in Paris, France (when Robert served under the American Ambassador to NATO); community fundraisers in Falls Church, Virginia; and, costume design with the Connecticut Playmakers. She and her husband were named Volunteer Couple of the Year for Greenwich, Connecticut, in 2000.

Decima was predeceased by her husband, Robert in 2008, and her daughter, Allyson, in 1996. Decima is survived by two daughters, Marilyn D. Button of Kennett Sq. PA; Phyllis Button Whitten and her husband Richard, of Holden, MA; and five grandchildren: Diana, Christina, Carolyn, Alexander and Brett. "

Excerpts from 'Enigma in Many Keys' by Robert Button - Christmases with the Knights



On 16th July, 1949, Decima and her 1 year old daughter, Phyllis, are recorded as passengers on the United States lines ship, Washington, leaving Southampton for New York. She had probably come back to England to visit her family and show them her new daughter.

Their 'Last Place of Residence in England' is given as 75, Elmgrove Road, Barnes.