Ramona Home Journal•Thu, Dec 31, 2015
Marion Elyse Kuhn, 86, passed away peacefully at home in Ramona on the morning of Dec 10, 2015.
Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Hoyes of Montreal, Canada, she was raised in that city, graduated from Westmount High School and was married to Bernard Kuhn in 1950 in a double wedding with Bernard’s brother David, who married Elyse’s sister Marilyn.
After seven years as an Air Force wife in Canada, Elyse moved with her young family to the Boston area.
Altogether, they moved their household 22 times before settling for the last 36 years in a hilltop house overlooking the town of Ramona.
The Kuhns’ homes included five years on Kwajalein atoll in the Pacific Ocean. Elyse’s travels gave her much social experience and lasting friends in several cultures. She worked as a medical technician or as saleslady of women’s clothing occasionally, but her crowning achievements were as a loving wife, mother, homemaker, community worker and friend to many. Her personality was unassuming, feminine, warm and open, and she attracted friends and supporters gracefully.
In Ramona, Elyse was noted for 30 years of leadership of the Friends of the Ramona Library, and she and her Friends developed much county support and achieved many library upgrades and services, which culminated in a new Ramona Library in 2011. She was named Ramona Citizen of the Year for 2007, and she received other awards from San Diego County for her voluntary library work.
Elyse’s hobbies included horsemanship, artwork and golf, and she was a great reader. She was an active member of Ramona Pioneer Historical Society and San Vicente Valley Club, and attended St. Mary’s in the Valley Episcopal church. Elyse loved and supported cats, dogs, horses, birds and all of God’s creatures.
Elyse became the matriarch of five generations of living people this year. She is survived by her daughters Diane, Nancy and Leslie; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Besides husband Bernie and their descendants in the western United States, she leaves two sisters and their families in Ontario, Canada, and in-laws in both countries.
A gathering to celebrate Elyse’s life and legacy will be held at 2 p.m. on Jan. 9, 2016, at St. Mary’s church on San Vicente Road, and all are welcome. Flowers will be provided by the family. If you would like to make a donation in Elyse’s memory in lieu of flowers, please send it to Friends of the Ramona Library, P.O. Box 843, Ramona, CA 92065. The family thanks Ardent Hospice for its capable and kind care of Elyse during her last six months.
Elyse’s ashes will be interred in Nuevo Memory Gardens in Ramona by her family.