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Summarized by Kent Larsen

LDS Women Are Hawaii's 'Mothers of the Year'
Honolulu HI Star-Bulletin 18Mar00 P2
By Mary Adamski: Star-Bulletin

HONOLULU, HAWAII -- Two LDS women have been named Hawaii's Mother of the Year and Young Mother of the Year by American Mothers, Inc. Chryl Chun, 44, of Wahiawa, Hawaii was chosen Mother of the Year while Susan Kunz of Laie, Hawaii was chosen Young Mother.

Chun, the mother of eight children, learned of the honor a few weeks ago, and had hoped that her ill mother would last until the awards luncheon at Pearl Country Club, but her mother, Rebecca Leinaala Saromines, died March 10th. Chun's family was all at the awards luncheon just a week after the funeral and burial. In addition to raising her own eight children, Chun and her husband Clayton have been foster parents to 15 since 1992, five of whom currently live with the family.

Kunz, of Laie, is mother to seven children. She is a graduate of BYU-Hawaii and is active in the Laie Community Association and with the Koolauloa Little League. She plans to promote literacy during her term as Young Mother of the year, hoping to get children "not just to read but to love reading."

Chun's goal as Mother of the Year is to encourage youth to avoid smoking and help others to quit. The goal came directly from her mother's death of cancer, brought by years as a smoker, "She was still smoking until January. Nothing we said or the doctor gave her helped her to quit," said Chun. "My message to young people is: Don't start. Our youth who start smoking cannot quit; they become addicted adults. When they ask me to give a speech, this is what they'll hear me say." Unfortunately, Chun was never able to tell her mother about her title, "She was in the hospital since the first week of January and she was in a lot of pain. It didn't seem an appropriate time to mention it."

The two women will represent Hawaii at the National Mother of the Year Convention April 26-30 in New York.


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