Mary Lou Kuehn ~ Class of 1967
Departed ~ 7/25/2021
Mary Lou Kuehn
Mary Lou Kuehn was 72 years young when she passed away on July 25, 2021, from acute myeloid leukemia. Diagnosed in March, Mary Lou spent 5 months fighting with every fiber of her being to stay with us–a testament to her iron will and fierce love. While her loss will resonate timelessly with her loving network of family and friends, we will remember her unending curiosity, enduring passion, and selfless commitment to her loved ones. We take solace in Mary Lou spending her final days in comfort and surrounded by love.
Mary Lou was born on March 15, 1949, in Yakima, Washington to Colonel Robert John Kuehn and Mary Salatino Kuehn. Her father’s career in the Air Force took Mary Lou and her five siblings all over the world. Mary Lou spent portions of her youth in San Antonio, TX; Colorado Springs, CO; Boston, MA; Wiesbaden, Germany; and Bangkok, Thailand—where she graduated from the International School of Bangkok. She then attended the University of Washington where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and later a Certificate in Intellectual Property Management. In the 1980’s she had three children, Matthew, Rosemarie and Christopher. While her selfless, dedicated parenting flowed from her grace and patience, her career path was emblematic of her curiosity and adaptability. She worked many jobs, including running a home daycare, before entering the legal field as a paralegal–most notably for firms Lane Powell and Mills, Meyers, Swartling—working for the latter in several capacities for 14 years.
Retirement did nothing to slow Mary Lou down. After her parents’ deaths, she assumed the mantle of family matriarch and planned everything from reunions to weddings, baby showers, and family Zoom calls, always doing her best to hold everyone together. She spent her golden years pursuing a myriad of interests: she extended her role as organizer in chief through part time positions at several nonprofits; volunteered with Moms Demand Action; took up birdwatching; and mastered the arts of gardening, needlework and baking-most notably her famous pecan pie. At the age of sixty-eight, she decided that she would hike the Wonderland Trail at Mt. Rainier, coaxing her sister Liz and other family along on a series of rigorous backpacking trips. While she was unable to complete the trail in her lifetime, those that were fortunate enough to accompany her on these adventures treasure their time with her in the wilderness.
Mary Lou is survived by her three children: Matthew McCulloch, his wife Jessica and their children Aidan and Piper; Rosemarie Chartier, her husband Tim, and their newborn son Milo; and Christopher Chartier; her five siblings: Robert J. Kuehn Jr and his wife Elizabeth; Thomas J. Kuehn and his wife Sydney; Kathryn Kuehn O’Leary and her husband David; Stephen J. Kuehn and his wife Jean; and Elizabeth C. Kuehn; and numerous nieces and nephews and their children whom Mary Lou loved and who loved her in return.
To honor Mary Lou, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of the organizations that allowed for her to have superlative care through her illness or one of the charitable organizations she supported through her life: Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Bloodworks Northwest, Washington Trails Association, and Doctors Without Borders. A celebration of life will be held in the spring.
Published on October 3, 2021
Lovingly submitted by Marti Doggett Class of 1967
More sad news….I had an email from Kathryn Kuehn O’Leary ’68 that her sister, Mary Lou Kuehn ’67 (and my very close friend senior year at ISB)passed away last Sunday, July 25, 2021.
Kathy wrote: “Mary Lou was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, but we thought she had a good chance of survival. We were pretty shocked when the doctors told us it was time to move her to “comfort care” which was the result of complications from the disease……Rosie (Mary Lou’s daughter) is about to deliver Mary Lou’s first grandchild. It was heart wrenching that Mary Lou did not survive to see this precious little gift that she was so thrilled about and anxiously awaiting.”
I’ve had several email exchanges with Kathy…a memorial service will be held but it may be a while as Rosie settles into motherhood and has a chance to plan the service.
Kathy knows that I’m sharing this news with you.
Marti Doggett Class of 1967
William Bill Clarke wrote:
So very sad to hear about the passing of ISBer Mary Lou Kuehn, Class of 1967, we were friends at ISB in 1967, and we keep in touch after Bangkok, I only have one letter I could find of her life and feelings in 1968, she was a good student, carrying a 3.333 QPA, and for a freshman, that was quite an undertaking by the academic standards then, she had a really cute sense of humor, and we laughed a lot together at ISB, in Bangkok, my condolences to the entire Kuehn family, I had seen Kathy Kuehn at the San Diego reunion, God Bless Mary Lou Kuehn
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