Carol Held Knight is best known to the public as the second wife of renowned American naval aviator, space hero, astronaut, test pilot, and astronautical engineer Neil Armstrong. Until Neil’s death in the year 2012, Held was his best friend, an amiable wife, and the only woman in whom he found true love and friendship.
The couple met at a breakfast table and they tied the knot two years later. They remained inseparable until 2012 when the distinguished astronaut passed away. In this article, you will learn all the facts about Neil Armstrong’s widow, where exactly she is now and what has been up to since her beloved husband of eighteen years passed away.
Who is Carol Held Knight?
As earlier hinted, Carol Held Knight is popularly known as the second wife of the renowned astronaut, test pilot, and naval fighter pilot, Neil Armstrong, who was the first person to step on the moon. Born in the year 1945 in the United States of America, she is the daughter of Rosario Cota (mother) and Victor Held (father).
Apart from the information provided above, further details about Carol’s background, childhood, early life, and educational attainments have not been shared with the public. Prior to meeting Armstrong, Carol was previously married to Ralph Knight, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, who died in a plane crash in Lantana, Florida in 1989.
Ralph, a roofing company owner, had survived the crash but was later pronounced dead after five days after suffering a massive stroke. Their single-engine was preparing to land in rain and heavy fog at Daytona Beach Regional Airport when it, unfortunately, crashed near the Tomoka Correctional Institution, west of Daytona. Carol and Knight had two children together, daughter Molly Knight and son Andrew Knight.
Relationship with Neil Armstrong
Talking about her relationship with Neil, it can be described as love at first sight even though it took the deceased naval aviator more than one year before he finally asked Carol to marry him.
1992 was the year and a golf tournament was what brought the two together for the first time. Armstrong was invited to the event as a celebrity participant while Carol Held Knight was also in attendance for the game. As pre-planned by their friends Sally and Paul Christiansen, the two were placed closely together at a pre-tournament breakfast table where a conversation would ensue.
While their conversation lasted, Knight didn’t speak much to Neil because she was nervous to have such a great man around her and she left shortly after to be with her sick mother. A few weeks later, Held received a call from Neil, who also helped her to cut down a cherry tree in her house.
On June 12, 1994 – after the astronaut’s divorce from his first wife had been finalized, Carol and Armstrong had their marriage ceremony in Ohio. The occasion was later followed by a second ceremony at the San Ysidro Ranch in California. After their marriage, the couple decided to move to their home in California, where they lived for several years before relocating to Indian Hill, Ohio where Armstrong spent his last years.
Carol Held Knight and Neil spent almost eighteen years together as husband and wife. Sadly, the latter passed away at the age of 83 from complications from cardiac surgery on 25th August 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Besides holding the record as the first person to step on the moon on 20th July 1969, Carol’s husband is best remembered as a space hero who proudly served the United States of America as a test pilot, navy fighter pilot, and an astronaut. Neil and his first wife, Janet Shearon spent 38 years and had three kids together.
The two got married at Congregational Church in Wilmette, Illinois in 1956, separated in 1990, and formally divorced in 1994. Their first offspring, Eric Armstrong was born in 1957, their only daughter who died of pneumonia due to weakened immunity in 1962 was born on 13th April 1959 while Mark, their last child was born in the year 1963.
Where is She Now?
Since the death of her beloved husband, Carol Held Knight has been missing from the spotlight, making it difficult to tell exactly where she is at the moment at what she has been up to. Nevertheless, if Carol should be anywhere, it should be in their home in Indian Hill, Ohio, where she is supposedly living a quiet life.