Janice Smith Knudson, age 85, passed away in her home in Colorado City, Arizona, on September 17, 2021 with family by her side. She was born September 10, 1936 in Payson, Utah, to John Webster Smith and Larelda (Laura) Chatwin. She married Charles Bassett Knudson in Salt Lake City, Utah.
She was raised in Payson, Utah, in a very loving family. She spent her adult life in Salt Lake City and Southern Utah. She earned her Master’s Degree in Education and spent many years teaching students and also playing a significant role in a variety of family businesses. Grandma Janice was loved and adored by all who knew her, dignified, kind and accepting of all—indeed, a beautiful soul.
She is survived by her sister, Rhea, and her brother, Gordon, seven of her eight children, Joan Barlow (Jethro & Shirlee), Daniel Knudson (Emma), Boyd Knudson (Mildred & NuDonna), Diane Barlow (Lorin), Stewart Knudson (Allison & Audra), Brian Knudson (Amanda & Carole), Glen Knudson (Vonnie), two adopted grandchildren (Marie, Sheena), the extended family of Charles Knudson, along with many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and her first great-great grandchild on the way. She is preceded in death by her mother (Laura), father (John), brothers (Wayne, Sheldon, and Leroy), sister (Nelda), husband (Chuck), son (Mark), and granddaughter (Lydia).
The viewing and the funeral will be held Sunday, September 26, 2021, at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, UT 84770. The viewing will be from 8:30 to 10:30am; the funeral service will follow at 11:00am. Interment will take place in Isaac Carling Memorial Park in Colorado City, Arizona, followed by a reception at Mountain View Events Center, 560 W Academy Ave, Colorado City, Arizona.
Family and friends that are unable to attend are invited to view the funeral service online by clicking on the link below.
Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff Street, St. George, Utah, (435) 673-2454. Family and friends are invited to sign Janice’s online guest book at