SPRING – Connor Dunlap, grounds maintenance specialist with the Sitka Public Works Department, weeds the garden near the Crescent Harbor parking lot this morning. A stretch of record warm weather has crocuses blooming and trees budding. Tuesday's record high temperature for the day was 67 degrees. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Former Sitkan Lotus Kuehn Dies in Tennessee at age 88

Lotus Kuehn

Lotus J. Kuehn, 88, formerly of Spring City, Tennessee, and Sitka, died Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at Memorial Northpark Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Lotus was born in Chattanooga, the daughter of Lawrence D. and Martha J. Booth Sutton.
She was a graduate of Erlanger Nursing School, Class of 1951, and worked at Erlanger until 1954, when she moved to Alaska to work. It was here in Sitka that she met, and in 1956 married, Lyle Kuehn.
In October 1981, Lotus and Lyle moved from Alaska to the Spring City community. A month before leaving Sitka, they donated to the city a Tennessee pine tree, the only one of seven that Lyle had brought here from Tennessee that had survived. (A lifelong Sitka resident, Lyle retired from Alaska Lumber and Pulp Co. in September 1981.)
Lotus enjoyed working crossword puzzles and doing counted cross stitch.  She was of the Baptist faith.
Lotus was preceded in death by her great-grandchild Brandon Godsey.
Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Lyle M. Kuehn of Ooltewah, Tennessee; daughter Dotsy Woodall of Evensville, Tennessee; son Gary (Lynn) Kuehn of Ooltewah; sister Jo Ann (Lee) Miller of Spring City, Tennessee; grandchildren Jamie, Greg, Nick, Chris and Meridith; and great- grandchildren Alex, Lily, Haisley and one on the way.
Graveside services are Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 2 p.m. at the Spring City Memorial Gardens.  There will be no visitation.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Spring City Memorial Gardens, P. O. Box 553, Spring City, Tennessee  37381.
Vaughn Funeral Home, Spring City, Tennessee, 423-365-5221, is in charge of arrangements.  “Please share your condolences and memories of Lotus on our website www.vaughn-funeral-home.com,” her family wrote.

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