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Virginia Margaret Knudsen passed away peacefully on May 14, 2013, in Billings. Virginia was a long term resident of Billings, living here for the past 62 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, William Knudsen.

She is survived by sister Idella Massara, Ross, Calif; sister Judith Knudsen, Sonoma, Calif.; daughter Peg Deno, Fridley, Minn.; Roger (Sue) Knudsen, Billings; along with four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Virginia was born sixth of 10 children to Estella and Oscar Husted in Dillon, Mont., on Sept. 26, 1917. She grew up on a ranch in the Big Hole Valley. After her marriage on July 11, 1936, Virginia spent many years outside Montana prior to her arrival in Billings where she and her husband lived, worked, and raised their two children. Virginia retired in 1978 from the Billings School District after working at Lewis and Clark Junior High.

The family would like to express appreciation for the staff at TenderNest and Rocky Mountain Hospice who cared for Virginia.

A private family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Humane Society of Yellowstone County.

Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.cfgbillings.com through “Our Families.”

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