August 22, 1923 ~ June 2, 2011
The Life of Funghui Yu
On August 22nd, 1923 Funghui Yu was born in a
Shanghai suburb. The oldest of nine siblings, she was
charged with the care of her eight brothers and sisters. Funghui went to first and second grade, where she was an excellent student and adored by her teacher. However, as more and more of her younger siblings were born, her parents could no longer keep her in school. Funghui always regretted that her formal education ended at such an early stage although people who met her always remarked on her learned demeanor. In 1943, she married Hangsan Ng; they lived in Shanghai proper where she gave birth to a son and two daughters. In 1952, she fled China with her three children during the Communist Revolt and arrived in Hong Kong to meet up with Hangsan, who had already settled there. In Hong Kong, Funghui gave birth to twin boys and then a girl. It was in Hong Kong that she became a Christian. With Hangsan's help she taught herself to read the Chinese Bible. In Hong Kong, like many frugal housewives, she learned sewing, she often made dresses for her daughters. She was also an accomplished knitter and excelled at embroidery. Unfortunately, in 1974 she lost her husband to a massive stroke. She then became a single parent and dedicated her life to bringing up her four children that remained at home. Anticipating the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997, Funghui decided to immigrate to America for her youngest three children and did so in 1980 even though she knew virtually no English. In the United States she lived first in Pennsylvania and then in California. Funghui came to love America as her own country, even though her relatives offered to take care of her in China. She was determined to stay even though the language remained unfamiliar to her. She resided in Torrance, California until her death on Thursday, June 2nd, 2011. Funghui is survived by her six children: Timothy, Mariana, Esther, Gabriel, Michael and Hatsz, seven grandchildren: Viola, Cordelia, Amy, Bruce, Aaron, Jamie and Ying Er, and five great-grandchildren: Charlotte, Rammus, Chloe, Cayden and Carter. She will be sorely missed and fondly remembered by her sons Michael and Gabriel along with her daughters Esther and Hatsz.
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