Mary Jo Knudsen

Born: Sat., Oct. 27, 1928
Died: Sun., Jun. 10, 2018


9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, Mon., Jun. 18, 2018
Location: Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Mon., Jun. 18, 2018
Location: Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home

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Mary Jo Knudsen, 89, passed away on June 10, 2018 at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center in Salida, Colorado.  She was born in St. Joseph, Missouri on October 27, 1928 to Andrew Rome and Edna Mae (Meyer) Pringle.

Mary Jo graduated from Salida High School in 1948.  After high school she went to work for Mountain Bell as a telephone operator.  That was when the operator would ask, “Number Please”.

On June 19, 1949 Mary Jo was united in marriage to Norman Stevid Knudsen in Salida, Colorado while Norman was in the Navy.

Mary Jo joined Norman in Norfolk Virginia, where she worked in the telephone office. After Norman was Honorably Discharged from the Navy they moved back to Chaffee County where they lived for over 30 years.

Mary Jo enjoyed working with puzzles and being a grandmother to her grandchildren.

Mary Jo was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and brother Andrew “Junior”  Pringle; sister Peggy Jean (Pringle) O’Barr; daughter Debbie Sue Knudsen; and great-great grandson Walker Compton.

She is survived by her children Jerry (Maurie) Knudsen, Judy (Garry) Blossom, Carol (Jim) Adams, and Jeanette (Jeff) Stephens; 8 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and friends.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday June 18, 2018 at Lewis & Glenn Funeral Home in Salida, Colorado.  Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mary Jo’s honor may be made to the Special Olympics or Easter Seals.

Arrangements were with Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home in Salida. Online condolences may be offered to the family at

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Jean Ferraro
   Posted Tue June 12, 2018

RAY OF SUNSHINE was sent by chaffee County Sheriff's Office.

Sorry for your loss. Chaffee County Sheriff's Office

jerry and dee jepson
   Posted Thu June 14, 2018
Dear Carol, our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.

   Posted Thu June 14, 2018
The Family,
Please know that I have considered your Mom and Dad some of my very best friends.
Babe and I have you in our prayers to help with your grief. Anyhow Your Mom, Dad and
Gloria can get caught up now.
Love Ralph and Babe

Marcie Contreras
   Posted Sun June 17, 2018
Jet & Jeff, So sorry for your loss. If you need anything please let me know.

Megan Lay
   Posted Mon June 18, 2018
To all my family members celebrating Grandma's life today, I am thinking of you all and wish I could have been there. Sending my LOVE and BLESSINGS!!!

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