Norma Lee Dennis Knutson, 85
Norma Lee Dennis Knutson was born May 21, 1936 in Twin Falls, Idaho, to Charles Glen and Dorothy Hine Dennis. They relocated to Charlo in 1947. Raised in a rustic cabin on 80 beautiful acres beneath Mount Harding, Norma, the eldest of four children, dreamed of life beyond the remote setting of the farm.
While attending Ronan High School Norma worked as a bookkeeper for the Sterling family before being swept off her feet by Albert James Knutson, whom she married April 9, 1955.
Albert Lee joined their family in April 1956, with Michael Ray soon to follow in July 1957. As the kids grew, Norma became the neighborhood mother, well known for her filled cookie jar. Over the years she and Albert fostered numerous children (notably Rachael and Joe) who they loved as their own.
Norma was a mainstay at all Good Shepherd Lutheran Church activities, a leader in the Country Store and was passionate about researching her family roots.
Health issues dictated Albert entering St. Luke's extended care facility in February 2019, with Norma joining him that summer. COVID-19 struck both Albert and Norma in September 2021 from which Norma, weakened by other health issues, could never overcome. Mike, their youngest son, was similarly struck down by COVID's effects, succumbing on Oct. 18. This emotional blow weakened her further, and she died Nov. 20, 2021 with her husband of 66 years by her side.
Norma was preceded in death by her parents; brother Arlan Dennis; and son Mike. She is survived by her husband, Albert James; her son, Albert Lee (Amy); daughter-in-law Debi Knutson; grandchildren (and spouses) Kirby Knutson, Robbyn Tolmie, Andrew Knutson, Chris and Anna Knutson; numerous great-grands; brother Jerry Dennis (Carol); sister Marilyn (Arlo Baltz); and beloved nieces and nephews, along with many lifelong friends.
A memorial is planned for 11 a.m. May 14, 2021 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, donations could be made to GSLC or the Country Store. Especially since Norma and Mike both died with coronavirus, COVID protocols will be in place at the memorial.
We are eternally grateful for the loving care provided by St. Luke Extended Care and supportive pastor Melanie of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Messages of condolences may be shared with the family online at www.lakefuneralhomeandcremation.com.
Arrangements are under the care of The Lake Funeral Home and Crematory.