Dee Knutson

Obituary of Dee Knutson

Dee Knutson passed away March 11, 2024, in Olympia, Washington, after three years of battling lung cancer.  She was born July 7, 1950, to William Harvey and Alma Faye (Post) Parshall in Aberdeen, Washington. Over the years, she also lived in the Washington cities of Hoquiam, Cosmopolis, McCleary, Tumwater, Olympia, Raymond, and for the last seven years in South Bend.


Dee attended Aberdeen’s Weatherwax High in the early 1970s.  She worked for Ralf and Ila Burgess in Aberdeen and Hoquiam for 20 years in the mid-1970s and 1980s; Suzans Café in McCleary during the 1990s; the Iron Skillet in Tumwater in the 2000s; and at various convenience stores, the last one being in Hoquiam at Fairway Grocery, from which she retired.  She also worked at Colonial West Restaurant and Bar, Burgess Motel, Doc Holidays, and Sydney’s Restaurant and Bar (manager). 


She married Clifford Knutson on June 30, 2013, at Alder Grove First Baptist Church.


Dee was a free spirit.  She loved life in general and being around people made her happy.  She was loving, very protective, and spoke her mind.  She was a very spiritual Christian who was strong in her faith.


She loved visiting Disneyland, traveling, playing bingo, working in her yard, and spending time with her family, especially her children and grandchildren.


Dee is survived by her husband, Clifford Knutson; daughters, Patricia Clark, Lisa (Corey) Jones of Indiana, Danielle (Steven) Hart of Olympia, and Angel (Mikheela) Hutchins-Garcia of Olympia; brother, Harvey Jack Parshall Sr.; sister, Rev. Liz Marie Miller; 12 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.  She also had five stepchildren and 10 step-grandchildren with Clifford.


She was predeceased by her parents; grandparents, George and Mae Post, and Gilbert and Patricia Parshall; and sister, Fay Ann.


Private family services were held.


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