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Isun Montiel

November 21, 1939 ~ August 18, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old


Isun was born in Sachang-Ri, South Korea to Chae Nam Kim and Pok Ye Yi. Isun immigrated to the United States of America and became a naturalized citizen in 1982, in Denver, CO. 

            Resourceful and resilient, Isun navigated losing both of her parents at the young age of six and managed to thrive in life without a formal education. Isun believed in the value of hard work and ensured her career in hospitality would allow her to experience the finer things in life, such as travel, fine dining, and an impeccable wardrobe. 

            Isun’s adventurous spirit led her to live in California, Minnesota, and Colorado where she spent her final years with her family. Isun enjoyed sewing intricate blankets for her loved ones, gardening, and above all - cooking. Those who knew her can all agree, her fried rice was likely the best in the world. It was important to Isun to pass down her recipes, so she spent many love-filled hours teaching her grandchildren how to make bulgogi, soups, and yakimodo.  

            Isun is survived by her son, Johnny White; four grandchildren: Dean White, Heaven and Stephan Schrambeck, and Erin Edwards; one great-grandchild, Ashlynn Schrambeck; ex-daughter-in-law, Denise Edwards; along with nephews and nieces who live in South Korea. Isun is preceded in death by both of her parents, her sisters and brothers, and her daughter-in-law, Darla Griffiths. 

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