Lillian A. Knudson


(November 14, 2002)

Memorial services will be conducted Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 3 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church for Lillian H. Knudson, 93, who died Sunday evening, Nov. 14 at the Powell Nursing Home.

Pastor Clyde Seifert will officiate at the Wednesday services.

Lillian Hanna Bertina Grosfield (a name she later learned to love) was born March 20, 1909, in Big Timber, Mont. Though raised on a ranch 13 miles from town, her schooling took place in Big Timber.

After graduating from high school, she attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., where she graduated with a B.A. degree in English in 1933. While visiting her sister in Iola, Wisc., she met Maurice Knudson, and they were married on Jan. 9, 1935.

They moved to Powell and lived here three years. After her mother died, her father asked Lillian and Maurice to help him run the Big Timber ranch. After six years on the ranch, they moved back to Powell.

She lived a rich and full life. Her enjoyments were any card game, from double solitaire to bridge, and she took great pleasure in playing a wicked game of Scrabble. Some of the hobbies to which she was committed were PEO, Girl Scout leader, Sunday School teacher and in a weak moment, the bowling league she joined.

As one of the founding members of both Trinity Lutheran Church in Cody and Hope Lutheran Church in Powell, she showed her love and commitment to the Lutheran Church.

Her winters in Palm Desert, Calif., gave her great pleasure, as she loved the desert in all of its moods. The summers spent at the Knudson cabin at East Rosebud Lake in Montana, where she fished, hiked and boated, were wonderful times. She had fun going with her husband to many different colleges and sharing in his work.

Survivors include her husband Maurice of Powell; a daughter, Louise Haggerty and husband Al of Denver; grandchildren Jane Krader and husband Pete of Pune, India, and John Haggerty and wife Yoshie of San Francisco; a great-granddaughter, Sonia; a son-in-law, Paul Whiting of Billings and his children, Maureen of Seattle and Allan of Portland, Ore.

She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers and one sister; and her beloved daughter, Dorothy.

Should friends desire, memorials might be made to Hope Lutheran Church or a charity of donor's choice.

Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.