February 28, 1950 ~ February 6, 2014
Eva Pieh Lawrence, 1950 - 2014
Redondo Beach, CA
Eva passed away on February 6th at her home in Redondo Beach after an 18-month fight with pancreatic cancer. She was 63 (but looked 43).
She was born in Taiwan Feb. 28, 1950 after the Communists consolidated their power in 1949 and her family escaped Mainland China. Her father, an elite member of the Chinese Air Force, was killed in a plane crash when Eva was three years old. In 1957, her mother, Doris Hung Ming Jang, married Yick-Soo Jang, who brought their family to the United States. Eva spent the rest of her life in Los Angeles, where she had three children that she cared for deeply - Cole, Courtney, and Ryan, who all live in the Los Angeles area as well.
Eva attended Manchester Avenue School, Van Deene Elementary School, Stephen White Junior High School, Carson High School, and Harbor College. Eva's unbridled passion during her school years was dance. Her goal was to pursue a career in this field.
As for many of us, marriage and parenthood often take precedence, so instead of pursuing a career in dance, Eva sought stability for her family with a job at Tiger Airlines, where she stayed through the late 70's. Yet this kept her away from home more than she wanted, so when she had an opportunity to pursue a career in the health and fitness industry close to home in the South Bay, she grabbed the brass ring. As manager of Pam's Figuretique, she was able to pursue her passion in dance and fitness as well as to make use of the managerial skills she acquired at Tiger Airlines. Her years at Pam's led to her lifetime commitment to fitness and resulted in some of her most devoted and loving friends.
Due to the changing landscape in the fitness industry in the mid 80's, Eva later decided to pursue a career in real estate. Typical of the way she approached everything in life, she set out to be the best agent she could be, which of course led to the same success she achieved in her previous careers. She was detailed, tenacious, patient, and very caring of all of her clients. One clear indicator of a great realtor is their number of repeat customers and referrals; Eva certainly had more than her fair share. In fact, many of her clients became lifelong family friends.
Eva was happiest and most fulfilled when she was on the go. If her energy could be harnessed, we wouldn't need So Cal Ed, as she could power the whole South Bay. She loved to hike each day with her friends and her dog Brody - usually off trail, for the challenge. She was excellent at kickboxing, typically sparring with men, because the ladies were not challenging enough, in her opinion. When the sun went down, her favorite pastime was salsa dancing. She danced with anyone who would ask and of course, who could keep up.
Known for her magnetic personality, sense of humor, and boundless capacity for tenderness, Eva was beloved by her community, adored by her children, and cherished by her large network of dear friends. She was a consummate hostess, a phenomenal mother, a devoted daughter, and an unparalleled friend.
She is survived by her siblings Sam Pieh of Lake Oswego, Or., Christine Wang of Taipei, Taiwan, and Roy Jang of Redondo Beach; her children, Cole Correll, and Courtney Lawrence, and Ryan Nagao; and her grandchildren Caden, Liana, and Sophia.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, March 1st, 2014 at Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach. If there is rain, the memorial will be held at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503
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