KNUDSEN, Goldia A. (McCortney)
Goldia Ann McCortney Knudsen, 90, of Ammon, passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. Goldia was born Feb. 14, 1921, in Fox, Okla., to James Edward McCortney and Vera Velma Pruitt. She graduated from Fox High School in Oklahoma, attended Oklahoma College for Women, and Central State University in Edmond, Okla., where she obtained a bachelor's degree in English and business. She married John George Knudsen on March 7, 1946, in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. Goldia taught at Bonneville High School in Idaho Falls, Idaho, for 16 years; at Olympus Junior High School in Salt Lake City for four years; and at Leon High School in Kansas for one year. Goldie and John retired in 1983. They spent the winters in their home in St. George, Utah, where they enjoyed the recreational activities southern Utah has to offer. During the summer, they returned to Idaho Falls to enjoy time with their family. An active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout her life, she served in many callings, including ward Young Women's president, stake Beehive leader, Scout teacher, Sunday school teacher and Primary teacher. Goldia was an avid golfer. She loved the mountains, hiking, traveling and doing genealogy. Survivors include her husband, John G. Knudsen of Ammon; daughter, Ada Jean (Bill) Kilbury of Ojai, Calif.; sons, James Edward (Melony) Knudsen of West Valley, Utah, and Danny Lynn (Rhonda) Knudsen of Ammon; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, John George Knudsen Jr. and Steven Cortney Knudsen. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 13, at the Ammon LDS 6th Ward, 2150 Avocet Drive, with Bishop Cam J. Payne officiating. The family will visit with friends from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Monday at the church. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 15, in St. George City Cemetery in St. George, Utah, under the direction of Wood Funeral Home East Side, 963 S. Ammon Road. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the American Cancer Society , 2676 S. Vista Ave., Boise, ID 83705-4155; or the Alzheimer's Association , P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.