Wilma Adeline (Hansen) Knudson, 102, passed away Thursday, July 4, 2013, at Landsun Homes in Carlsbad, N.M. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., today (July 10) at Denton-Wood Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 11, 2013, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Carlsbad, N.M., with the Rev. Andrew W. Dimit officiating. Burial will follow in Carlsbad Cemetery. Denton-Wood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Wilma was born to Hans Ferdinand and Gina Marie (Tergerson) Hansen in Cranfills Gap, Texas, on June 20, 1911. She attended school in Cranfills Gap and Clifton, Texas, graduating from Clifton Lutheran Academy, Clifton, Texas, in 1930. In 1933, she received her RN degree after three years training at St. Paul's Hospital School of Nursing in Dallas, Texas. Wilma worked as an RN in various fields of nursing in Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi and New Mexico. On June 7, 1936, she and Oscar Evan Knudson were united in marriage at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Cranfills Gap, Texas. Their first home was in Lovington, N.M., they moved to Carlsbad in 1941.
Wilma was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Carlsbad, holding all offices in the Women's Mission League. She was also a member of the VFW
Women's Auxiliary Post No. 3277. She was a member of the American Nurses Association and the New Mexico Nurses Association, District 7, Carlsbad, N.M. In January 2007, Wilma was awarded "lifetime membership" in the American Nurses Association, having been a member for 67 years. In May 2007, her name was placed in the Norwegian American Historical Association archives in St. Olaf Lutheran College in Northfield, Minn.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Oscar Evan Knudson, on Dec. 24, 1993; her parents; her sisters: Jewel Pauline (Hansen) Tindall of Borger, Texas, and Frances Lee (Hansen) Coffey of Canon City, Colo.; one niece; and five nephews.
Wilma is survived by six nieces and eight nephews: Phyllis Davis of Salinas Kan., Kay Clark Havard of Houston, Texas, Marsha Covel Baghdadi of Palm Beach, Fla., Richie Knudson Butler of Baytown, Texas, Gae Poulsen of Carrolton, Texas, Greta Poulsen of Dallas, Texas, Kelly Traylor of Henriette, Texas, Roger Coffey of Canon City, Colo., Joe Baker of Georgetown, Texas, Brian Baker of Prague, Okla., Fred Paul Clark of Longview, Texas, Tommy Clark of Houston, Texas, Danny Traylor of Katy, Texas, and Philip Covell of Kent, Ohio. She is also survived by numerous great-nieces, -nephews and cousins, including: Marilyn (Knudson) Mason of El Paso, Texas, Carolyn Knudson Perry of Garland, Texas, Randy Tindall of Borger, Texas, and her loving caregiver, Linda Ahrens of Carlsbad, N.M.
Pallbearers will be Norm Siepel, Bob Daugherty, Charles Siepel, Terry Siepel, Bill Ahrens and Roy Chapler. Honorary pallbearers are Gerald Cass, Bert Whitmire, Danny York, Freddy Beard, Carl Manganaro, Robert Kreul and Dr. Larry Krueger.
Memorial contributions may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 905 N. Halagueno St., Carlsbad, NM 88220, Landsun Caring Hands Fund, 2002 Westridge Road, Carlsbad NM 88220 or to a
. Condolences may be expressed at dentonwood.com.