God took the love of my life to his eternal home and healed her of cancer on February 16th, 2013 at Sanford Health in Bemidji Minnesota.
Mary Beth (Madaus) Knutson of Bemidji, Minnesota formerly of Brainerd Minnesota was born on April 3rd, 1953 in Rice Lake, Wisconsin to Lloyd and Florence (Ames) Madaus.
She married Craig Charles Knutson on August 16th, 1990 on the shores of the Mississippi River in Monticello, Minnesota.
Mary spent her working life committed to taking care of those who could not take care of themselves, troubled youth and all young people. She believed every child deserved an opportunity and someone's love. Mary was a mentor to many and a mom to even more. Mary believed wealth is not the amount of possessions you have but the lives you have lovingly touched throughout your life. All that were touched by Mary truly know the wealth of life.
She is so loved by her son Richard (Vicki Daly) Carney of Belfield, ND, step-children Sarah Knutson of Brainerd, MN, Andrew Knutson of Wadena, MN, Mother-in-law Gladys Knutson of Brainerd, MN. Sisters, Judy (Tom) Nordrum of Eau Claire, WI and Elaine Schlewitz of Wausau, WI. Brothers Steven (Lynn)Madaus of Fargo, ND and Larry Madaus of Rice Lake, WI. Sister-in-law Kim Homac of Madeira Beach, FL. A granddaughter, many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins and countless people that were touched by her smile and joy for life.
She was preceded in death by her parents, father in law Dickman, sister Gloria, brother in law Jim, aunt Marie, uncles Arnold and Oliver, and nephews Jaysen, Chad and Forrest.
Memorial service will be at 12 noon on Saturday February 23rd, 2013 at the Evangelical Covenant Church 5405 Hart Ln NW Bemidji, MN.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred and will be donated to the Coborn Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society.
Online guestbook at www.olsonschwartzfuneralhome.com