Vivian (nee Geen) Kuhn

KUHN, VIVIAN (NEE GEEN)

Vivian passed away at Victoria Hospice following heart

and diabetes complications. Family and friends are

invited to the “Celebration Of Life Memorial Service” at

Rutland United Church, 1370 Rutland Rd., Saturday,

Sept 14, 2013 at 11am. Open microphone encouraged.

Vivian was born a twin to parents Arthur and

Edith Geen in Reston, Manitoba. A few years later, the family relocated to an orchard in Ellison BC, just north of

Kelowna. Sadly her twin brother Irwin, died in a tragic

accident in 1946, leaving Vivian and her brothers Glen (passed away in 1990 ) and Gerald. Her parents passed away in 1975 After graduating from Rutland High School

in 1953. Vivian attended Vancouver Normal School.

She started her first career, as an elementary school

teacher, in Vancouver and Maple Ridge, BC. She married Tom Pelton, and while continuing to teach full-time, she

raised four children: Doug, Brad, Tim and Kristy. She

also became a specialist in teaching children with

learning difficulties. After many years in Maple Ridge,

the family moved to Victoria where Vivian started her

second career as a successful realtor with DFH. She and Tom also became avid bridge players, and as usual,

Vivian made many good friends through work and bridge.

In the early 1990’s, Vivian and Tom divorced, although they remained good friends, honouring the happy times they

had shared. Vivian started yet another career, as a painter. Vivian had always been creatively talented and was already a skilled seamstress, quilter, knitter and decorator.

Her talent for colour and design was now expressed in

her whimsical, happy paintings that provided a window into “The World According To Vivian”. At this stage in her life, Vivian met up again with an old friend from Kelowna,

Al Kuhn, now a widower. They married in 1994 and

Vivian moved to Al’s newly built log house in Kelowna, where they set up the Blueberry Hill Gallery.

Vivian became a successful artist, creating many beautiful watercolor and acrylic paintings. Al and Vivian spent many happy years in Kelowna before moving to Victoria in 2010. They enjoyed their time in Victoria where they were active in the Cadboro Bay United Church and Goward House.

They also enjoyed the company of Vivian’s children

and their families who live in Victoria.


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