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Susan Jane Knutson (Henriksen)

02/01/1959 - 05/05/2021

Susan (Mrs Scott Knutson), age 62 of Phoenix died Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at Banner Good Samaritan hospital in Phoenix following a very long illness. Susan Jane Henriksen was born February 1, 1959 at St. Marie’s, Idaho, the third child of Duane LeRoy Henriksen and Una Mae Lewis Henriksen. The family moved back to their farm at Calvin, ND shortly after she was born. Susan grew up on the farm and graduated from Border Central High School in Calvin in 1977. She graduated from the University of North Dakota with a degree in Recreational Therapy and a master’s from University of Phoenix. She had been a resident of the Phoenix area since 1986.

Susan and Scott Knutson were married October 27th, 1995 in Mesa, Arizona and lived here in the Phoenix metro area since then, with the exception of a short time in Pennsylvania. The couple took in Susan’s mother, who was in failing health, during their time in Pennsylvania. They were always ready to help those needing help or just a place to stay.

Susan and Scott became parents of a lovely baby girl they named Kaia, now 6 years old and loved by her mom and dad. Susan is survived by her husband Scott, her daughter Kaia, brother Terrance (Mary) Henriksen of Sun City West, AZ, sister Cynthia (Mike) Cheeley,  Hayden, ID, mother in law Sherry Knutson of Mesa, brother in law David of Gilbert, AzSusan and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. She was preceded in death by her parents, her father in law, Don Knutson and several aunts and uncles.


  • Cynthia & Mike Cheeley

    We’ll love you forever little sister! Scott and Kaia – take care of each other! ❤

  • Scott and Kaia, I cannot imagine the pain of loss you are going through. Jerretta and I are praying for strength for you both. The bad times won’t last forever, and the good memories will remain .

  • Penny & Lorenzo Gutierrez

    We were so sad to learn of the deep loss of your wife Susan. Praying God’s strength and comfort during the difficult days ahead. Peace be with you.💕

  • Laurel Vorachek

    Susan enriched the lives of everyone around her—such a caring and kind individual. I will always remember her laugh—I knew when Susan was around! Rest In Peace, little cousin💕💕💕

  • Our Love and condolences to your families.
    All our Love and prayers.
    The French Family.

  • Jamie and Cecil Miller

    We are so sorry for your loss. We are sending prayers and hugs to you and your family. Heaven gained another Angel 😇. She will always be with you and your daughter because you have her in your heart 💜.

  • Jeanie Covert-Plageman

    Sweet, sweet Susan. Sing hallelujah with the angels, now that you are free of pain. Always know how much you were loved, here on Earth. Rest peacefully, my beautiful friend. Give our Mommas a hug from me. <3

  • You will always be my “Sunshine”! I will always love ♥ and remember you!

  • Michael Hendrickson

    Deepest sympathy to all of the family as you grieve this — quite obviously — lovely lady!
    Cousin Mike Hendrickson

  • Jennifer Swenson

    Susan always had a smile and warm heart for everyone she met. I pray that loving memories, stories, songs, moments and photos bring comfort to Scott and Kai as they remember Susan everyday. My heart aches for Scott and Kaia.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Her disease was such a hard one, but she kept the faith and your pictures of her always had a beautiful smile on her face. God is so gracious and she will rest in peace with Him now.

  • Patricia Hertzell Parvey Sherry

    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers will be with the entire family during this time.

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