Florence Elizabeth Kuni


Florence Elizabeth Kuni, 95, a 38 year resident of Grayland, Wash., passed away at Pacific Care & Rehab on February 7, 2013. Florence was born in Sisters, Oregon, on June 25, 1917, to Leroy and Bertha DeMaris. After completing the 3rd grade, Florence had to go to work on the neighbor’s farm. She worked in the kitchen, providing meals to the ranch hands.

She eventually returned to school to earn her high school diploma. She was a fantastic cook. Her refrigerator was always full, but nothing went to waste. Florence enjoyed sewing, crocheting, knitting, needlepoint and cooking.

After a stint as a beautician in Olympia, Florence met Ed Kuni. They were married on February 15, 1945, while Ed was in the Army.

For the next 63 years together Florence and Ed owned and operated Larson’s Lunch in White Salmon, Wash., The Owl Tavern in Aberdeen, the Midway Tavern in Hoquiam, and finally the Johns River Lodge in Markham, Wash. In the middle of it all they raised their two sons, Dale and Jeff Kuni.

Florence is survived by her son, Jeff Kuni; brother, Calvin DeMaris; sister, Bonnie Kimbro; grandchildren, Rawni Kloempken (Ron), Nainoa Kuni (Lindsey) and Alika Kuni; great-grandchildren, April Kloempken (Josh) and Kimberly Borek; and great-great-grandchildren, Kennadee, Dylan and Kiley.

Florence was preceded in death by her husband, Ed Kuni who passed away in 2005; son, Dale Kuni; her parents, Leroy and Bertha DeMaris; and sisters, Agnes Winter and Valdora King.

Arrangements were handled by Whiteside Family Mortuary.