Carliss Ann Kuhn Carney, 89 of Algonquin, Illinois passed away peacefully on December 12, 2020. She was born in Houston, Texas on October 26, 1931 the youngest of five daughters of William Henry “Buddy” and Ruby Onetta (Attaway) Kuhn and was blessed with a joyful faith-based upbringing. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her siblings Sr. Damian (Agnes) Kuhn CVI, Ruby Jane (Kenneth) Porche, Evelyn (Jake) Mathis, and Doris (Erwin) Olexa. Growing up in Houston, she graduated high school from Incarnate Word Academy and maintained an over 80-year dear friendship with her “sister” Dorothy Lane (Saco) Hemenway.
Carliss was an incredibly strong, caring and compassionate person who constantly made herself available to those in need. She would always lend her ear, listen, and in return one would receive her sound motherly advice.
She was an amazing, loving mother raising her “Seven Jewels” Karen (Scott) McNames, Beverly (the late Keith) Tapia, Suzanne (Daniel) Cryan, Barbara (Raymond) Downey, Diane (James) Macken, Patricia (James Tipton) Blacker and Kevin (Teri) Carney. She was preceded in death by their father and her former husband and friend Patrick Carney.
“Nana” will be greatly missed by her grandchildren Matthew, Melanie (Donald) Gleason, Merrick, Carlissa, Calle, Ryan, Andrew, Jeremy, Kaitlin and MacKenna; and great-grandchildren Madison, Jacob, Molly, Claire, Audrey and Bradlee. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and their families.
In addition to Algonquin, Carliss lived in Palatine, Illinois where she formed lifelong relationships with her dear friends Doty Shipner and Jean Grumet. While living in San Luis Obispo, California she had the opportunity to spend many joyful years living near and working with her sister Ruby Jane, brother-in-law Kenneth and family.
A memorial gathering Celebrating the Life of Carliss will be held in the Summer of 2021 and will be announced once arrangements can be made.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in memory of the deceased may be made to Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament 3400 Bradford St, Houston, TX 77025.
Arrangements are entrusted with Willow Funeral Home & Cremation Care in Algonquin.
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