Caroline Mae Knutson
Caroline Mae Knutson, age 22, passed away on Friday, May 28, 2021.
Memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, June 11, 2021 at Christ Community Church, 5501 George Washington Carver Ave., Ames, Iowa. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the church. There will be a time of refreshments and fellowship following the service.
Born on May 28, 1999 at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, Caroline was the daughter of Steven and Lorrie (Hyatt) Knutson. She grew up in Gilbert and graduated from Gilbert High School in 2018. Following high school, Caroline worked at Holub Greenhouse, HyVee Floral, and most recently Walmart.
In February 2020, she met her partner, Peter Mead. The instantaneous, magnetic attraction between the two flourished into a relationship characterized by warmth, devotion, support, and growth. They were kindred spirits and shared an authentic chemistry that was unmistakable to all who witnessed their bond.
Caroline's soul lived in her art. Imagination and creation were the means by which she expressed herself, processed her thoughts and feelings, and demonstrated her affections. Be it tiny doodles in the margins of homework pages; sidewalk chalk renderings; bright, evocative paintings; ceramics and tiny clay models; precisely detailed pencil sketches; or scribbles on a Magna Doodle, which she used to the point it was worn out completely, Caroline's pursuit of instruments of catharsis was eclectic. Down to the core of her being, she was an artist.
Caroline never traveled the middle of the road. When she loved something, she jumped in with both feet and truly put her whole heart into it. Her passions over the years, to name only a few, included: her art; Littlest Pet Shop toys; Johnny Cash's music; Doctor Who; following content creators on YouTube and Twitch; Splatoon; championing social justice causes, particularly education and destigmatizing of mental illness; and last but decidedly not least, her partner, Peter.
Caroline had a tender heart and profound compassion for others. She never balked at an opportunity to ease others' pain, regardless of their species, age, or ability to reward her kindness. She provided palliative care to an injured monarch butterfly; lay next to her ailing grandfather, playing music he loved until he passed; and rescued and raised a newborn kitten who had been abandoned in her backyard.
Caroline was an incredible person. She was loyal, courageous, strong, passionate, fiery, bubbly, thoughtful, spontaneous, free-spirited, humble, honest, kind, and so much more. To adequately sing her praises would require 22 years. She was a vivid splash of color in a drab world, and in the hearts and minds of her loved ones, her brilliance will never fade.
Caroline is survived by her parents, Steven and Lorrie Knutson of Gilbert; her sister and brother-in-law, Kathryn Knutson and Ronald Dixon of Saint Paul, MN; maternal grandmother, Doris Hyatt of Knoxville; paternal grandfather, Russell Knutson of Boone; partner, Peter Mead of Ames; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Donna Knutson; maternal grandfather, Jackee Hyatt; maternal uncle, Ricky Hyatt; and maternal cousin, Sarah Collins.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Adams Funeral Home, and online condolences may be left for Caroline's family at www.adamssoderstrum.com
. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Caroline's name may be directed to the Central Iowa National Alliance on Mental Illness in Ames, Iowa or the Story County Animal Shelter.
Published by Ames Tribune from Jun. 5 to Jun. 6, 2021.