Yuet Sun Lee
October 6, 1930 – January 7, 2019
Yuet Sun Lee, age 88, passed away on Monday January 7, 2019. Beloved wife of Shew Ming Lee. Devoted mother of Shune Yet Lee and his wife Shaofang Li, Shune Lok Lee and his wife Estella Lee. Loving grandmother of Jacqueline Lee, Roy Lee and his wife Jillian, Ernest Lee and his wife Sophia, Esther and her husband David Ebner, and the late Ronald Lee. Cherished great grandmother of Eliana Marie, Samara Joy, Kai Ronald, Reece Cronin, Bryson, Cohen, Lillian Ebner and Cecilia Ebner. Visitation on Friday, January 11 from 5pm to 9pm with a wake service at 7pm officiating by Fr. Zhang at Boston Harborside Home of JS Waterman-Langone, 580 Commercial Street, Boston (North End). Parking attendants on duty. Funeral Mass on Saturday, January 12 at 10am at St. James the Great Church, 125 Harrison Ave. Boston (Chinatown). Family will receive relatives and friends at 9am at the church prior the Mass. Tufts parking lot on Hudson St. will be open at 8am for relatives and friends to park. Procession to Newton Cemetery will follow after Mass.
- Visitation Friday, January 11, 2019
- Funeral Mass Saturday, January 12, 2019
- Burial Saturday, January 12, 2019
Yuet Sun Lee
January 13, 2019
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Lastly, she was also always willing to help her friends, especially other elderly who do not speak English. She would guide them around town to help them with their errands, including taking them to doctor’s appointments.
A common theme in all these examples is that despite her English limitation, that did not stop her from pursuing her goal of helping her family and friends. Everyone around her benefited from her fearlessness.
One final story I want to tell is one that I have bragged about to many people. It reflects my grandmother’s fearlessness and capabilities. In the late 80’s, my parents, brother, aunt, grandfather, and both my grandmothers went on a trip to Disneyland in California. On our way back from LAX, my other grandmother had to use the restroom just before boarding. Somehow, she got lost on her way back from the restroom and the plane would not wait any longer. My grandmother, Yuet Sun, volunteered to stay behind to find my other grandmother, so that the other 7 of us could make the flight back to Boston. In the midst of the rush, we had forgotten to hand over the two tickets for my grandmothers. Miraculously, my grandmother was able to track down my other grandmother and with her limited English skills, was able to get them both on a flight back to Boston without having their tickets and not needing to purchase another.
In conclusion, I always thought my grandmother was a lucky person as she would quite often win at the lottery; even if it were just a few dollars, which was something that I have never succeeded at. But as I reflect on my time with my grandmother with my family, I know now that we are the lucky ones to be able to have shared such great times with her.
January 13, 2019
My name is Esther and I am the third of five children of Yuet Sun Lee.
If I had to sum up one word to describe my grandmother, it would be “fearless.”
Some characteristics of a fearless person is one who is strong, brave, and energetic.
My grandmother was the matriarch of the family, leading her husband and two children to achieve their goals. In the mid 70s, she came to the United States to try to provide a better life for her family. Although she did not speak any English, she was able to pick up enough to be somewhat self-sufficient, especially when it came to taking care of my grandfather. She would lead him to his appointments and ensure that he followed through with any doctor’s orders.
For her two sons, she would go to great-lengths to help them in their restaurant businesses. From working in the kitchen to cleaning bathrooms, she would do anything to help keep their businesses going. Nothing was too difficult or dirty for her to tackle.
In addition to her sons, she was also very dedicated to taking care of her grandchildren. As most grandmothers, she was indispensible in caring for us when we were young. However, that care did not stop at childhood. When I was a graduate student in Philadelphia, she would take the Chinatown bus by herself from Boston to New York to Philadelphia to bring food and prepare food for me. Even though she had never been to Philly, she was not afraid to venture out on her own and figure out the public transit system.
Not only did she help and care for her immediate family members, she was also integral at helping various extended relatives transition from China to the US by allowing them to live with her while she helped them find jobs and a place of their own. Sometimes, this would take many months but she did not mind and was persistent at helping as much as she possibly could.
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