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Mickey Knutson

Mickey Knutson, 70, of Orlando, Florida and a native of Hoople, ND, passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2007. She was born on June 27, 1936 in Grafton, North Dakota, the daughter of the late Oscar and Joann (Midgarden) Walstad. She is survived by ...

Mickey Knutson, 70, of Orlando, Florida and a native of Hoople, ND, passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2007. She was born on June 27, 1936 in Grafton, North Dakota, the daughter of the late Oscar and Joann (Midgarden) Walstad. She is survived by her husband, Larry Knutson, her son, Dr. James Knutson, daughter-in-law, Theresa, and grandson, Cole of Sioux City, Iowa, brothers, George Walstad of Park River, North Dakota, Don of Boise, Idaho, and sister, Penny Haselmo of Park River, North Dakota. Mickey graduated from Walsh County High School (North Dakota) in 1954 and was honored to give the Salutatorian Address, acknowledging the strength of the education she has been given. She continued her academic passion at the University of North Dakota, graduating in 1958 with honors. In 1961, she received a Masters Degree in Nursing from the University of Washington. Most of her working career was in the field of Nursing Education. She was an Assistant Professor at the UND Medicine School where she was a founder and Director of the Physician Assistant Programs, wrote and published scholarly articles on various topics of medical interest. She traveled for health programs in many third and fourth world countries. Her strength of character and professional standards of the highest order were recognized when she was elected President of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties in 1982 and was awarded the University of North Dakota President's Award for Outstanding Service in 1990. Upon retiring, a nursing scholarship was established in her name. Given the special gift of writing, she used her ability by writing numerous grants, which brought in over two million dollars to the University of North Dakota. She shared her love of writing with her family and friends by surprising them with letters filled with wonderful news of traveling, entertaining, and funny antidotes of everything and anything. Mickey was serious as a professional, but lighthearted in nature. During the short time of her retirement, Mickey was very involved in her Church, President of her PEO Chapter, the Winter Park Garden Club, and active at the Rio Pinar Country Club, which was the center of her social life. Mickey shared her love and amazing talent for cooking with friends and family throughout her life and was well known for her incredible entertaining abilities. Her true joy, though, was being Nana to her only grandson Cole. They shared a special bond that cannot be described with mere words. Mickey lived her life with humor and thoughtfulness, and kindness was her hallmark. Mickey will be most remembered as a loving wife, mother, nana, sister and friend. Memorial Services will be held on February 3, at 11 a.m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Orlando.

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