With great sadness, the family of Mary Louise (Murphy) Kuni announce her unexpected passing, on Wednesday, December 1 2021, peacefully at home. Predeceased by her loving husband, Joseph William “Joe” Kuni in 2019. Survived by her beloved children, David (Annie) Kuni, and Joëlle (Greg) Long. Proud Grandma to Matthew and Chloë Kuni, and Caleb Long. Also surviving are her sister Joanne, and brother Gerry, and several loving nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents, Gordon and Stella (Brouillette) Murphy, sister Pauline, and brother Jim. She will also be missed by her loving sister in law, Gloria.
Mary Lou was born on Wednesday, October 16 1946, in Tilbury East Township. She was the youngest of five children. Mary Lou attended Tilbury District Middle School before moving to Chatham with her family. Continuing her schooling in Chatham, she attended Chatham Collegiate Institute. Like all things she did, Mary Lou excelled in her studies. Mary Lou was dedicated to her family of seven, and remained so throughout her life. It was during this time she met her husband, Joe.
Devoted to her husband and children, Mary Lou spent years weaving a household full of support, teaching, commitment, care, and love. Mary Lou was hired by the then Chatham Catholic Separate School Board. She continued on to the Addiction Research Foundation Chatham, before becoming the Executive Assistant Director at Community Living Chatham-Kent. She was a key person within the organization until retiring in 2013. Mary Lou was respected and admired by all of her colleagues, and was known for arranging social occasions.
Mary Lou enjoyed cooking throughout her life and was an accomplished gourmet. She was fond of sewing, and creating one off garments in her spare time. Mary Lou had a lifelong love of flowers, and truly delighted in any time spent gardening. She was unique in that she had two green thumbs as did her husband Joe. Whether bound for a meeting or an afternoon in the gardens, she was always chic in appearance and always beautiful. All aspects of her life were about giving, sharing, and loving. Both her smile and her hugs gave comfort long after receiving them. We miss you, Mom.
At Mary Lou’s wishes, cremation has taken place with a private family burial service at a later date. A celebration of her life will be held in late Spring 2022 with details to be announced in the spring. In her memory, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society, Chatham-Kent Hospice, or charity of choice would be appreciated by the family.