Mary Knutson

Mary Margaret Knutson

Wednesday, March 17th, 1926 - Thursday, December 10th, 2020
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Mary Margaret Knutson, 94, of Johnstown passed away at Grace Pointe on Thursday, December 10, 2020. She was born March 17, 1926 in Sterling, Colorado at her grandparents’ home to Marvin Ashby and Ida Effie (Stark) Tappy. She grew up on the prairie in a sod house north of Stoneham, later moving to Sterling for two years to finish high school and graduated in 1943 as valedictorian of her class.

She taught for a year at Stone School near Longmont and attended Colorado State College (UNC) to obtain her teaching certificate. She met Joe Knutson and they were married on December 23, 1945 at Rinn Methodist Church. They would have four children; Randy, Sylvia, Dale and Debbie.

The family lived on a farm in Erie before moving west of Brighton, later to Platteville and settled on their farm at Johnstown in 1958. It was in 1958 that Mary began her long career selling Avon. She advanced into management, retiring from Avon in 1991 but continuing to sell product. They sold their farm in 1970 and moved to an acreage north of the farm.

In 1993, Mary entered real estate, being honored as Realtor of the Year in 2000, a career that lasted 18 years. She retired and was able to enjoy her family and their time together.

Mary was a member of the Johnstown United Methodist Church and served in many roles on boards, church choir, Sunday school teacher and Women’s Fellowship. She was a 50-year member of PEO Chapter FG, served on the Board of Hospice of Northern Colorado, Milliken Food Bank and Meals on Wheels.

Thankful to have shared her life are her children; Randy (Jan) Knutson, Sylvia (Howard) Erwin and Debbie (Darrel) Dilley, grandchildren; Nicolaus (Erika) Knutson, Matthew Knutson, Kim (John) Reddin, Todd (Shelley) Erwin, Kelly (Mark) Herrick, Sarah (Rob) Wade, Hannah (Zane) Wiley, and Craig (Sara) Dilley, great-grandchildren; Jack, Ryne, Camden, Marshall and MaudieJean Knutson, Jason (Sheray) Reddin and Andy (Elizabeth) Reddin, Dylan and Seanna Erwin, Weston, Trindon and Tate Herrick, Myra and Korben Wade, Delilah Wiley and Scarlet Dilley, great-grandchildren, Caleb, Sadie Jo, Makensie, Gracelyn, Avery and JJ Reddin, her sister, Virginia Ballinger and two sisters-in-law, Janice and Sharon Tappy as well as their special foreign exchange student from Australia, Paul Riordan and family who called her “American Grandma”.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Joe in January 1998, son Dale in August 1979 and two brothers, Lee and Clinton Tappy.

Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Friday, December 18, 2020 at Adamson, observing Covid guidelines and wearing masks. The family appreciates your thoughts and prayers if not able to attend. A private graveside inurnment will be held on Saturday at the Johnstown Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to the “Johnstown UMC” in care of Adamson, 2000 47th Ave., Greeley, CO 80634. Friends may leave condolences at
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  • Visitation

    Friday, December 18th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, December 18th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Adamson Celebration Center
    2000 47th Avenue
    Greeley, Colorado 80634
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  • Interment

    Saturday, December 19th, 2020 |
    Saturday, December 19th, 2020
    Johnstown Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    JOHNSTOWN, CO 80534
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Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! Remembering your sweet mother.
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Chalice Springfield

Posted at 09:32am
Mary was one classy lady who brought true professionalism to the real estate industry. She was always incredibly positive and upbeat and a pleasure to be around. It was a gift to know her and work with her as a colleague in real estate.

Tiarra Lauderdale

Posted at 05:26am
My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time of sorrow, I have many memories that I will hold in my heart forever, Mary was such an amazing lady and her smile brightened up the room, so many fun, “late nights of cards, looking at photos, and just sitting and visiting when she couldn’t sleep”
Rest In Peace Mary
T former GP employee

Jason Mahoney

Posted at 05:41pm
She is one AWESOME God Fearing Lady! Can't wait to see her again in the Kingdom! I met her when I first started Real Estate. She was out selling everyone! I remember once in a continuing education course the instructor said "money is the root of all evil". Mary did not miss a beat and corrected the instructor so quick... I recall it like yesterday, She replied for all to hear.... Money is not evil, the love of it is! BOOM ‎1 Timothy 6:10 What an awesome legacy she leaves to Her family, she has finished the race!

Jeanie Glanz

Posted at 04:48pm
Sharing your sorrow, and hope it will comfort you to know that my heart
reaches out to you in Sympathy and Love. God Bless you all!!!

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