Jennifer Lynne Knarr, 34, of Bozeman, passed away on Friday, March 11 at her home, due to extreme effects of postpartum psychosis. A memorial service is planned for Wednesday, March 23 at 3 p.m. at the Grace Bible Church in Bozeman.
Jen Southers was born June 19, 1981, in Great Falls, Montana. Jen attended high school at Great Falls High School and graduated in 1999. She worked at Montana Federal Credit Union prior to moving to Bozeman where she attended MSU Bozeman, and received her degree in Fish Wildlife Management. She began her career with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks while working towards her degree. She was a work study student at the region 3 Wildlife Lab. She found the work fascinating and rewarding. Upon graduating from MSU, she married Mike Williams and spent some time living in the Portland area.
Jen and Mike moved back to Montana and lived in the Kalispell area; they later divorced. Jen came back to Bozeman and resumed her work at the wildlife lab before finding her true calling with FWP as an enforcement officer. She loved her work and the people she had the privilege to work with. Jen was constantly striving to learn all she could. She was given many opportunities to learn and took advantage of them, to hopefully attain her goal to become an investigator within the department.
Jen married the love of her life, Joe Knarr in 2014. They had many adventures together and enjoyed family vacations with Cooper and the dogs. One of Jen's greatest adventures was spending time in the Liuwa Plains National Park in Zambia, South Africa, living in a tent and helping some of her close friends with a research project. Jen and Joe shared their passion for the outdoors, protecting the people, natural resources and wildlife of Montana. They were both Game Wardens. They were blessed with a beautiful baby boy in 2015, Daniel (Danny) Robert Knarr. Danny was the greatest joy in Jen's life and in her heart.
Jen is survived by her mom, Karen Southers of Great Falls; father, Rick Southers, and stepmother Mary Ann of Port St. Lucie, Florida; siblings Ricky, Randy and Jewell Southers; grandparents Verlette Eshleman of Great Falls; Bill and Dorothy Southers of Port St. Lucie Florida; aunts and uncles Tammy Eshleman of Bozeman; Sheryl and Dennis Hunking of Keizer, Oregon; Billy Southers of Seabrook, New Hampshire; Kim Southers of West Palm Beach, Florida; several cousins and great aunts and uncles.
We lost a truly amazing woman, a woman who truly made a difference in the world.
Memorials are suggested to the Montana Raptor Center; P O Box 4061, Bozeman, MT 59772.
Condolences and memories may be shared at dahlcares.com
Published by Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Mar. 20, 2016.