Harriet “Christine” Kuhn
Harriet “Christine” Jacobs Kuhn, (Kristin to her family) died August 6, 2017 in Lawrence, KS from complications of Parkinson’s. She was born in Mississippi in 1940. Kristin grew up in Shelby and reigned as the Mississippi Delta’s 1955-56 Cotton Boll Homecoming Queen. In high school she was a cheerleader, as well as editor of the school paper and graduated with honors. The local newspaper described her as “Beauty and brains combined in a petite bundle of versatile personality”. She went on to attend Mississippi Southern College where she danced as a Dixie Darling and joined Chi Omega Sorority. In August 1959, she married William Edgar and they moved to Pensacola, FL. Tragically he died 14 mo later in a car accident.
Chris then relocated to New Orleans and lived with her maternal aunt and uncle and three cousins, Ann, Jimmy and Harriet Blanchard in the Garden District. While in New Orleans she attended Newcomb College, then worked as a commercial bank teller at 1st NBC. She met Lloyd Kuhn, an engineering graduate of Tulane, through mutual friends and they married May 5, 1962. They lived in Metairie, LA where they raised two daughters and she volunteered in the schools, library board, political campaigns and at the public television station. As the girls grew older, she co-managed a dental office. In 2005 Hurricane Katrina damaged their home and Chris and Lloyd amicably separated and she went to live near their younger daughter, Karen, in Lawrence, KS.
The South was deeply ingrained in Chris’ heart, as was her Scottish, Irish, Norwegian and Native American ancestry. She enjoyed being with those she loved, playing bridge, playing cards with all the grandkids, reading, spending time at the beach and shell collecting. She had a great appreciation for all kinds of art and collected Native American Indian baskets, pottery and other artwork.
Preceded in death by her first husband William Edgar, she is survived by her husband Lloyd Kuhn; daughters Carla Kuhn Robertson and husband Bart of Austin, TX and Karen Kuhn Ely and husband Keith of Lawrence, KS; and 4 grandchildren that she adored: Joshua and Matthew Robertson of Austin, TX, and John and Andrew Ely of Lawrence, KS.
Chris’ request was to be cremated and a celebration of life will be held in Lawrence and New Orleans in the future. Please contact the family for details. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in her name to the New Orleans Museum of Art, and may be sent in care of Warren McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th St. Lawrence, KS 66044.