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Nevada County People: Two families fused with love

Shannon Knight and Matthew Cotter of Grass Valley have accomplished an amazing task of merging two families together ” with love.

When Knight, 30, and Cotter, 35, met four years ago, she had three children from an earlier marriage, and he had a son. But the couple’s common life experiences, hobbies and love of children brought the two families under the same roof.

“You have to accept the other person’s children as your own and accept they have another parent who’s a part of their lives,” said Knight, explaining how she accomplishes the task of blending two families.



Knight and Cotter married May 10 at their home in Lake Wildwood, with 25 close friends attending the occasion.

“I was thrilled,” Knight said. “We invited everyone under the pretext that it was my college graduation cum birthday party. Then we surprised everyone with a wedding.”




Knight’s children are Ashley, 12, Jordan, 10 and Allison, 8. Cotter’s son is Justice, 11. Knight and Cotter have two children together, Noah, 2 and Colbie, 9 months.

“It’s very rewarding being a parent,” Knight said. “(My children) love him. He’s funny. He’s reliable. He’s accepted them as his own children. He lets them know he’s there for them.”

The new family lives in a two storied, three bedroom home in Lake Wildwood.

Knight works at The Union in the business department as a clerk. Cotter is a wood worker with Furniture by Thurston in Grass Valley.

Shannon Knight is the daughter of the late Richard Knight and Deborah Tull of San Rafael. Matthew Cotter is the son of the late Patricia Tobiassen and Terrence Cotter.

To contact Soumitro Sen, e-mail ssen@theunion.com or call 477-4229.


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