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Linda Maureen Knutsen
June 27, 1943 ~ October 12, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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Linda passed away on October 12th, 2023, in Duluth, GA. She was 80 years old. She was preceded in death by her husband Mike Knutsen and sister Sandra Kay Raymond. She is survived by her brother John Carenen (Lisa), daughters Tia Smith (Matt) of Bixby, OK and Kelly (Basarich) Rhodes of Duluth, GA, and stepsons Michael Knutsen (Kathy) of Casa Grande, AZ and Bryan Knutsen of Clinton, IA. She is also survived by 9 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Linda spent 41 years in medicine as an ophthalmic technician. The highlight of her career was working for retinal surgeon Lee Schoeffler at the Tulsa Eye Clinic. Linda's greatest passion was horses. Spending two weeks one summer at her Aunt and Uncle's farm when she was 9 years old, she rode a horse for the first time and was hooked. For Christmas that year she asked for an Annie Oakley outfit. At age 24, she owned her first horse. When she moved to Oklahoma in 1974, she purchased a 2-year-old mare she named Mariah. That was a love affair that lasted 35 years, until Mariah passed away at the age of 37. She became an amateur barrel racer and enjoyed riding at the Allen Ranch and going on cross country trail rides. The Allen Ranch and the Allen family helped develop her confidence in not just horsemanship, but in many aspects of her life. When she and Mike married in 1981, he quickly acclimated to the cowboy way of life, and they had many years of horseback riding together.
Linda was a media member of the Family Worship Center in Baton Rouge, LA.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to D.E.L.T.A Animal Rescue, https://deltarescue.org/.