Jean Marjory Sabie Knudtson


Jean Marjory Sabie Knudtson, a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away peacefully on December 27, 2023, at age 93.

She was born in a little farmhouse in Pipestone County, Minn. to Leroy and Jeanette Sabie and had one older brother, Curt. In May 1944, the Sabie family moved eight miles down the road to the small farming town of Pipestone, Minn. Jean met a cute boy across the street, for whom she had an immediate crush on – Neal Knudtson. They dated for two years until Neal enlisted in the Army in 1946 toward the end of World War II.

Jean began attending Pipestone High School in the fall of 1944. She played the alto saxophone in the marching band, served on the student council, was a typist for the school paper, and elected to the National Honor Society. Jean took a vocational training course in her senior year and worked half days for the Register of Deeds of Pipestone County. After she graduated in 1948, she was soon offered the job of Deputy Register of Deeds. This was the beginning of her professional career in which she held many positions throughout the years and was exceptional in her field.

In September 1947, Neal Knudtson returned home from his military service. Neal once again captured Jean’s heart and they were married in March 1951 in the small Lutheran church in Ihlen, Minn. They spent 42 wonderful years together and had five children. In the Fall of 1955 Jean and Neal were introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and were baptized in March of 1956, serving as faithful members for the remainder of their lives.

Jean and Neal lived in various places in Minnesota as they started their family, but in June 1967, Neal’s employment took them to Omaha, Neb., where they lived for 30 years. They made life-long friends wherever they lived and were loved by all who knew them. They developed a love for genealogy soon after they joined the church and established and ran the church family history center in Omaha together for many years. About two years after Neal passed away, Jean chose to serve a temple mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In November 1995 she moved to Chicago, Ill. for a year and served in the temple nearly every day.

Jean looked forward to family reunions or gatherings at grandchildren’s weddings, and especially loved it when all five children would come to see her. Jean loved to play games and all her grandchildren have fond memories of Grandma coming to visit and finding a game to play.

Jean is survived by her children Steven (Maryanne) Knudtson of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; Sharon (Scott) Adams of Pullman, Wash.; James (Diane) Knudtson of Woods Cross, Utah; Julie (Howard) Whipple of Smithfield, Utah; Peder (Amy) Knudtson of Roseville, Calif.; 23 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and brother.