Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

August 22, 2013
Viola Knutson

Obit Viola KnutsonViola W. Knutson left this world holding her husband’s hand, walking towards the lord and savior on Monday, Aug. 19. Born in Vergennes, Ill. on May 1, 1931 to Elva Wells Landreth and Myrtle Fox Landreth. She was the eighth of 10 children and she has two surviving siblings, Arthur (June) Landreth and Clyde Bruce (Linda) Landreth. Losing her mother at 9 years old, she traveled to Oakland, Calif., and then back to Jerome, Idaho. That is where she met Loren G. Knutson who she married in a beautiful orchard with two other couples at the same time! This triple wedding (which was posted in the local paper) happened on July 7, 1946 and was later sealed in the temple Sept. 12, 1984. Viola had six children while also taking in her sister’s three children for two years as well as her husband’s cousin’s five children for only a year. As an avid reader, she and two friends went to city hall trying and succeeding to start up a bookmobile right here in Tooele County. She and Loren also helped to start a square dancing club and a riding club. She was an amazing Avon Representative for 42 years while being No. 1 in the county. She has even signed up someone you know. She helped build the house she’s lived in for years, even helped out by working on the roof. She also would help Loren work the septic tank cleaning business, by cleaning him off with a hose if he fell in. She would volunteer at the Grantsville Senior Center. She loved helping others and her little town. She also had many church callings such as the library, and scouting were her favorites. She absolutely loved singing in the ward choir and with the Relief Society in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Her five sons and daughter are her pride and joy. Barry (Pam), Ramona Hurst, Steven, Ricky (Barbara), Doug (Brenda) and Roger. She was preceded in death by her husband Loren, parents, seven siblings, in-laws, husband’s siblings and spouses, and grandson Cody Knutson. She leaves behind her six children and spouses, two brothers and spouses, two brother-in-laws and spouses, and a sister-in-law, 24 grandchildren and spouses, 31 1/2 (the half hasn’t been born yet) great-grandchildren. There will be a viewing on Friday, Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the LDS 3rd Ward located at 428 S. Hale St., Grantsville. Services will start at 11 a.m. with a viewing at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24. Services entrusted with Didericksen Memorial, 435-277-0050.

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