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Lynne Anderson

September 19, 1945 — January 15, 2024

Lynne Marie Anderson

September 19, 1945 - January 15, 2024


Lynne Marie Anderson, affectionately known as "Mormor" by her grandchildren, was unexpectedly called to heaven to be by her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on the morning of Monday, January 15, 2024.


Lynne was a fun, gracious, humble, and vibrant women - a devout Christian that led each day of her life as such, loving all those she encountered, whether it be salesmen at the front door, the homeless, to all creatures great and small. Lynne was passionate and engaged in many organizations, non-profits, and boards throughout her life until her last breath. She was also a teacher and found joy teaching children about the great outdoors, reading, and learning. She especially enjoyed spending time with her daughter Mindy's daughters, Ava (7) and Luca (3). Her other passions included hiking, exploring nature, music, games, and puzzles, reading, traveling and all things Scandinavian.

Born to Elmer "Andy" Anderson and Alice "Slee" Anderson on September 19,1945 in Clay Center, Kansas, Lynne was the second daughter of three children, Jane (Anderson) Silver (1941 - 2021) and Christine "Chris" Anderson (1950 - ). Her childhood was full of love and family. Her father, Andy, and mother, Slee, born from Scandinavian and Swiss immigrants, met the first day of college at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln then moved to Clay Center, Kansas where Andy was the county attorney and Slee was a teacher.


Lynne's love for music and civic organizations started early - she played the piano, then the drums in High School and was even the band leader. She was in "Rainbow Girls" and later was a Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader for her children. She later played the organ, bells and sang in the church choir. Lynne graduated from the Colorado Women's College, now part of the University of Denver, with a degree in education. She later earned a master's degree in Reading from the University of Northern Colorado.


While teaching, she enjoyed hiking, cycling and was a leader in the Audubon Society. She liked to go to the Fox Theater in Boulder to listen to big bands that came through and had a large record collection.

It was then that Lynne met her husband, David Knowlton, and were married in 1981. That December, their daughter, Mindy was born and 4 years later, their son Bryce was born. They raised their two children in Colorado and built beautiful memories with family in the mountains, cared for many beloved pets and lived as a servant of the Lord each day, sharing the love of Jesus to her family, friends, and others. Her last days were at their second home in Wickenburg, Arizona where She and Dave have been snowbirds since 2004. Lynne had a wonderful community there and within First Presbyterian Church. Her church, civic and philanthropic interests continued within Son's of Norway, Questers, Bell Choir, and countless organizations - Lynne never wanted to say "no" to anyone or any cause she could help and the ripples of her selfless giving, her witty humor, and relentless love are felt deeply in the lives of all.


She was preceded in death by her beloved sister, Jane (Mike) Silver, mother and father, Andy and Slee Anderson. She is survived by her husband Dave Knowlton of Niwot, CO and Wickenburg, AZ; sister, Christine Anderson of Clay Center, KS; sister-in-law, Vicki (Knowlton) Hogue of Amarillo, TX; children, Mindy (Barry) Ruffalo of Chattanooga, TN, Bryce Knowlton of Niwot, CO; grandchildren Ava Ruffalo and Luca Ruffalo; nieces Lynne (Todd) Silver, Lisa (Jeff) Cohlmia of Wichita, KS, Andy (Sam) Gilmore, of Clay Center, KS, Tara Wilhelm (deceased) of Amarillo, TX; nephews Sam (Lori) Silver of Southlake, TX, Bryan (Christie) Knowlton of San Diego, CA, Perry Knowlton of Hayward, CA, Cody (Quita) Wilhelm. She leaves behind other beloved relatives across the U.S., Sweden, and Norway.


We will celebrate her life in Wickenburg, AZ on Monday, January 22nd at the First Presbyterian Church of Wickenburg, 180 N Adams St, Wickenburg, AZ 85390, at 11:30 AM and in Colorado this summer.


We thank you for the gracious love and support we are receiving. Lynne left a legacy of love and kindness to live by.


Rustic Ranch Senior Living
400 N Jefferson St
Wickenburg, AZ 85390
(928) 684-5925
rusticranchseniorliving.com

Project Salt
73 S Tegner St
Wickenburg, AZ 85390
(928) 985-0165
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