Elva May Knudsen, 85, of the Culbertson and McCabe, MT area, most recently of Breckenridge, Minnesota, passed away at the Twin Town Villa Assisted Living Center in Breckenridge.
A second celebration of Life Service will be held on Wednesday afternoon, June 24, 2020 at 5:00 PM (Central Time) at the Harvest Outreach Church in Wahpeton, North Dakota. Rev. Dominick Warne will officiate.
Elva May Knudsen was born on November 24, 1934 to Frank Thompson and Frances Winona (Moyer) Taylor in Trenton, New Jersey. As a child and throughout her teen years, she took ballet and performed in many dance recitals. She was involved with girl scouts and earned her Gold Bar Scouts. She was active in youth activities through her church and served on local and state councils. Elva May graduated from Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey in 1952. She worked part time while attending college. In 1960, she graduated with a Bachelor in Christian Education from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. After college she worked for the American Baptist Home Mission Society, at Rankin Christian Centers. Philadelphia Neighborhood Centers & Friendship House Neighborhood Ministries in Billings, Montana.
While in Montana, she met Gerald Knudsen and they decided to marry on March 1, 1969 in Billings, Montana. He was a local farmer/rancher. They moved to the family farm near McCabe, Montana which they later purchased. In 1971, their son Mark was born.
She was a stay at home mom, helped on the farm and took care of all the business aspects of the farm. After many years of farming the couple purchased a small RV and began to take some small trips and found a new enjoyment, including fishing trips to Canada and a trip to Alaska.
She was a member of the McCabe Baptist Church and then the Big Sky Church of Froid, MT. She taught Sunday school, and served on many church boards locally, state and regional.
In 1998, after Gerald retired from farming, they moved off the farm and into Culbertson, Montana. Elva May worked with the local food bank for several years.
In 2013, she moved to Breckenridge, MN to be closer to her son and family. She enjoyed living in MN and joined Harvest Outreach Church in Wahpeton, ND. She was involved in many activities and her daily schedule was always full. She loved attending church and bible studies, Red Hats, Music in the Park, Sports activities, High School and college events, and trips to the Chanhassen Dinner Theater.
The highlight of her life was serving the Lord and seeing her family become active in their Christian growth and ministry for the Lord.
Elva May is survived by her son, Mark (Melissa) Knudsen of Hazen, ND; 2 grandchildren, Dorran (Jenny) Knudsen of Seffner, Florida, Abreena Knudsen of Hazen, ND; 2 great-grandchildren, Kenrix and Reubin; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Knudsen; her parents, Frank and Frances Taylor; her brothers Frank and R Bruce Taylor and niece Virginia Taylor.
The Everson Coughlin Funeral Home of Williston is caring for the family.