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Soo Heong Chan, nee Ng, age 94, born February 14, 1929 in Hoy Ping Village, Guangdong Province, China, passed away in the
company of family members on November 5, 2023. Soo, beloved wife of the late Jimmy Yee Chan (Chan Gim Ngo); and
mother of Elizabeth (husband, David Diguangco), Larry, (wife, Minako Yamamoto), and Robbin, (husband, Daniel Chan);
grandmother of Liona Galadriel Chan, Sapphire Bao Ming Perkins (nee Diguangco) , (husband, Taylor Perkins), and James
Chao Hong Diguangco; and great grandmother of Averi Monson; was the sister of a late older brother and sister, and a
surviving step sister, Mai Ying Yee, and an aunt of seven nephews and nieces.
In 1949 Soo came to the United States as a young bride of Jimmy Yee Chan to join him as a wife and partner in a number
of family laundries located around Cleveland’s East side. She worked tirelessly and diligently, putting in long hours to support
the partnership business all while raising three children. Subsequently she worked for more than twenty years in Euclid
Public Schools as a custodial assistant at Lincoln Elementary and Euclid High School until her retirement.
While working in the family laundry, laundromat and schools, Soo prized gardening a wide assortment of Chinese vegetables
which included jumbo Winter Melons and East Melons that rivaled watermelons in size. In addition to her vegetable garden
Soo also loved to grow beautiful exotic flowers which graced the house and the neighborhood. She happily shared many of
those flowers with her neighbors and friends in Euclid, Ohio. Not limiting herself to outdoor pursuits, Soo prided herself on
sewing many of her own clothes and furniture covers. After getting cooking instruction from Jimmy following her arrival in
the United States, she became an accomplished Chinese cook of Cantonese cuisine and pursued lessons in preparing an array of
Chinese tea pastries which her family thoroughly enjoyed.
After retirement Soo loved to congregate with her fellow Chinese church members and travel with them on church
sponsored senior citizen excursions to many regional tourist destinations. She enthusiastically participated in opportunities
to travel with friends and family to China, Europe, Canada, California, Utah, and Hawaii where she expanded her horizons.
Soo’s family will sorely miss Soo and her enthusiasm for sharing traditional Chinese values, customs and practices.
INTERMENT WEST PARK CEMETERY. FUNERAL SERVICE 11 AM FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2023 AT THE MAHER MELBOURNE FUNERAL HOME, 5236 MAYFIELD ROAD, LYNDHURST (EAST OF RICHMOND ROAD) WHERE FRIENDS MAY CALL ON THURSDAY FROM 6 TO 8 PM.