Eunice May Chu
7 January, 1936 – 18 April, 2021
Eunice May Dong/Chu Obituary 4/23/21
Eunice May Chu (formerly Dong and nee Yip) passed away peacefully on April 18, 2021 in Stouffville, Ontario surrounded by her children.
Eunice was born on January 7, 1936, daughter of Yip Kew Hong and Esther Chinn, granddaughter of Chinese Canadian pioneer, Yip Sang. She was born and raised in the historic Wing Sang building in Vancouver Chinatown. She was immensely proud of her family’s rich heritage in shaping Vancouver and Canada.
She married James Dong in 1957 in Prince George. They lived briefly in Kitimat before relocating to Vancouver in 1959. After James’ passing she lived in San Francisco and then moved to Toronto following her marriage to Nelson Chu in 1998. Eunice is predeceased by James Dong in 1991 and Nelson Chu in 2020.
Eunice is survived by her five children with James Dong: Darryl (Eva Hartman) of New York, NY, Edward (Tia Mendoza) of Ross, CA, Katherine (Didier Glattard) of Wilmette, Il, Shirley (Philippe Elmaleh, Peter Rosengard) of Santa Monica, CA, and Barbara (Gary MacPhie) of Stouffville, ON; her 12 grandchildren: Amber, Lukas (Aliki), Sabrina, Tiffany, Paris, Nicholas (Kari), Christopher, Jacqueline, Lily, Benjamin, Jameson, and Maggie; and her younger sister Audrey. Jim and Eunice inspired their loved ones to spread their wings to pursue their lives, careers and education around the globe. Eunice instilled in her children and grandchildren to live life to the fullest and remembering the verse “Good better best, never let it rest, until the good is better and the better is best.”
Eunice was active in the Vancouver community, proudly holding offices of President of the Canadian Engineers Wives Club and President of the Canadian Women’s Club and volunteered at the Vancouver Olympic Club, VanDusen Botanical Garden and Canadian Citizenship Council. She was also a successful realtor in Vancouver and San Francisco.
Eunice will be buried at Ocean View Cemetery, in Vancouver, B.C. next to James. A private service will be held with her immediate family due to COVID restrictions. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation, the Alzheimer Society of Canada, or the VanDusen Botanical Garden.
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Eunice May Chu
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Mui-Ling Y. Dong
30 April 2021
Dear Darryl, Ed, Kathy, Shirley and Barbara:
We are truly sorry to hear of the loss of your mother - our Auntie Eunice. I will always be grateful to her for the joy and happiness she brought to our parents, especially my father, when she spent a weekend visiting in Toledo, Ohio, remembering the years past and present and the challenges that life presented.
Auntie Eunice met the challenges of life with positivity, elegance and grace. And, we know she passed out the best candies on Halloween on West 63rd St!
We will miss your mother's smile and her welcoming personality; she was the most kind and gracious person to our family.
Her legacy lives on in all of you and in her grandchildren.
I cannot believe that is has been thirty years for your mother and father to be reunited.
We know this Mother's Day will be very difficult for all, but "Grief is the price we pay for love." — Queen Elizabeth II.
The Dong families of Toledo, OH, Brownstown, MI, Holland, OH and Oklahoma City, OK
Tom and May Dong
28 April 2021
Darryl, Edward, Kathy, Shirley & Barbara,
We are so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a very kind, caring, loving and beautiful person. Even though we did not see her often, she would always reach out to our family to see how we were doing. During the past few years, we were able to get together whenever we were in Toronto or she was in Vancouver. It was always such a lovely time catching up with Eunice. She will truly be missed.
Love Auntie May and Uncle Tom
& Family - Ben, Ron, Angie and Dennis
27 April 2021
Dear Aunt Eunice,
Thank you & Uncle Jim for helping us when we were little. You always demonstrated an uplifting spirit.
I wanted to sing the Cantonese song 情義兩心堅 (Friendship two hearts strong) to you but you left too soon.
27 April 2021
I remember Aunty Eunice (we called her Moo moo) when we were young. I spent a few summers with Shirley and Barbara and Jennifer, and Aunty Eunice drove us to various day camps at Marpole community center. One summer she bought us all a pair of red health sandals and they were my favorite shoes! No one had those European clogs in Alert Bay! In later years we had so many of our extended family dinners together and Aunty Eunice was a keen participant in games like charades. She was also known for her cheese bread.
I remember her sense of fashion and her bun hair pieces, ringlets and big hoop earrings. I have fond memories of a smiling beautiful person.
26 April 2021
Dear Darryl, Ed, Kathy, Shirley and Barbara,
Please accept my heartfelt condolences as you mourn the loss of your precious Mom.
My favorite memories of Auntie Eunice are when I used to have cousins sleep overs at West 63 rd Ave. She welcomed and embraced a houseful of noisy kids. She was always very organized and managed to cook volumes of food and bake 6 dozen cookies at a time. I loved the cheese bread she would make, (hope one of you have the recipe) as well as late night snacks of Yen Lock chow mein,
Farewell to my cheerful, exceptionally beautiful Aunt...to me, you will always be forever young.