Barbara Mae Knowles died quietly surrounded by her children, March 9, 2021. She was 73.

Born May 6, 1947, Barbara grew up a proud Swedish East-Sider in St. Paul, Minn. She graduated from Harding High in the class of 1965, then followed her dreams of being an artist by becoming an art major at the University of Minnesota.

Barbara loved nature, the Rolling Stones, camping, writing, creating anything, and spending countless hours researching her family tree and meeting extended family all over the country.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harland and Eleonore Knowles.

Barbara is loved and survived by her brother, John Knowles; children, Deidre Rose Berg, Todd (Cynthia) Olsen, Marc Olsen; grandchildren, Dillon Olsen-Berg, Sean Olsen, and Zack Olsen.

A Celebration of Barbara’s Life will be held March 24 at the Dalles House Restaurant in St. Croix Falls, in the French Room from 3 to 7 p.m.

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