Patricia Anne Johnson Knudsen passed away April 15, 2013. She was born on December 9, 1929 in Oak Park, Illinois. Tricia grew-up in the Matanuska Valley, Territory of Alaska until she graduated from the eighth grade. Her parents were Clinton and Doris Cease Johnson and she had one younger sibling, Norma. All of family of origin died very young.
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The family moved to "the lower 48 states" in 1943, where she attended schools in Indiana, Colorado and Arizona. At age 19, she was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and she was an active member all her life. She was the only member of the church in her family of origin and always believed that her life was spared through many illnesses because she was "the heir to the gospel" for her family, the one designated to bless both ancestry and descendants as she gathered hundreds of family records throughout her long life and wrote family histories as well as her personal life story.
Tricia loved her family. She gave birth to two children, adopted two more, and then 30 years ago she and her beloved husband, Wendell Knudsen, put their two families together, making nine children in all. They have 32 grandchildren and over 50 great-grandchildren. Surviving children are: Kelly (Cindy) Alton of Orangeville, Utah, Andy (Karma) Alton of Heber, Arizona, DiAnne Warner of Fort Collins, Colorado, Sherrill Knudsen of Houston, Texas, Wendy (Eric) Woodhouse of California, Lamar (Vivian) Knudsen of South Carolina, Duane (Shelly) Knudsen of Mesa, Arizona, Ruth (Carlos) Vasquez of Salt Lake City, Utah and Janet (John) Howell of Mesa, Arizona.
Tricia loved learning. She was unable to finish high school because of illness, but was able to start college in her 30's. She graduated from Mesa Community College in Arizona as it's first valedictorian. She went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Art from the College of Southern Utah in Cedar City and a MA from Arizona State University in theater. She taught high school and junior high art, as well as creative drama, theater and creative writing on the graduate college level. After she and Wendell married, they both finished doctorates in Counseling Psychology and for 20 years had a private practice in marriage and family counseling in Arizona. As part of their practice, they presented Marriage Enrichment Weekends for several years in the western states. They touched thousands of lives with their counseling, workshops and seminars, and also wrote a book called "Intimate Marriage". Both also worked for LDS Family Services before retiring due to Tricia's health.
Tricia had a strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. She and Wendell were married in the Mesa, Arizona LDS Temple and were Temple workers in the Snowflake, Arizona Temple. They both held many ward and stake positions throughout their lives, and served an 18 month mission to the St. George Regional Family History Center.
Wendell and Tricia moved from Mesa to Meadowcreek in St. George in 2006. They love their LDS ward and neighbors, and were both appreciative of the outstanding doctors and medical facilities in the St. George Area.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Morningside LDS Stake Center, 881 South River Road, St. George, Utah. Visitations will be held Friday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Metcalf Mortuary, 288 West St. George Blvd. and on Saturday, prior to services, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Stake Center. Interment will be held at Tonaquint Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, (435) 673-4221. Please visit our website at www.metcalfmortuary.com for condolences, complete obituary and funeral listings.
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Published in The Spectrum & Daily News from Apr. 18 to Apr. 19, 2013