OBITUARY

Mrs. Jessie Ann Wong

January 3, 1934September 1, 2019

Jessie Ann Wong passed away at the age of 85 on Sunday, September 1, 2019 at St. James Cottage Hospice. She was born to father Gum Sing (Sam) and mother Kwok See on January 3, 1934 in her family home in Vancouver, BC. At the age of 2, she and her siblings went back to China to visit her family village. Unfortunately, it was during the beginnings of World War II, and though many of her siblings were able to leave in time, Jessie, her mother and two of her sisters missed the last ship to sail out of Hong Kong, and were left to survive the hardships of the Japanese invasion of Hong Kong until the war’s end. In 1945, Jessie was finally able to return to Vancouver. She began her schooling at Strathcona Elementary school in Vancouver’s Chinatown and went on to Vancouver Technical High School. In the middle of her high school education, she was unable to afford the expensive tuition for adult education imposed at the time. Wanting to contribute to helping her father earn money for the family, Jessie began to search for a job. She found a secretarial job at an insurance company where she gained much hands-on experience on the workings of early computers. With these advanced skills, she applied for a job at the Canadian federal government and was enthusiastically hired in the Unemployment Insurance department where she worked until her retirement in 1991. Jessie was an active young girl who loved sports and dancing. She met her future husband, Richard Wong at a dance party, and on June 25, 1960 they were married. Jessie was a loyal and loving wife for 53 years. Together, Jessie and Richard raised 2 children. Jessie’s love and dedication to her family was most evident when she babysat her grandchildren, never tiring even in her advanced age. Jessie will be missed and remembered by her son Mark (Sheila); daughter Michelle (Herb); grandchildren Jordan, Brendan, Cameron, Keira; sister Mary; brothers Monty and Freddie; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers and two sisters. We would like to say a heartfelt thanks to all the caring staff at Cottage Hospice for their wonderful support. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to BC Kidney Foundation or Diabetes Canada. The Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel of Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 3789 Royal Oak Avenue, Burnaby, BC on Thursday, September 12 at 2:00 pm. Interment to follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. (A Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 11 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm).

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, September 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • Committal Service Thursday, September 12, 2019

Memories

Mrs. Jessie Ann Wong

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Debbie Cannon

September 8, 2019

Auntie Jessie has always been dear to me.  As the baby sister of my Mom Margaret, her cheerful and eloquent personality, along with her positive attitude, stands out as just a few of her amazing characteristics.   
Jessie’s face would light up as you entered the room, and her arms would be outstretched to welcome you with a warm hug.   Her love for kids was evidenced by her demonstrative affections for her own 2 children, her 4 grandkids, as well as any child that had the pleasure of knowing her.   
I  feel especially blessed to have been the recipient of her affections…… being her flower girl at her wedding, as well as my own daughter being the flower girl at her son Mark’s wedding.      
Thank you Auntie Jessie, for the pleasure and honour of being your niece.   You shall be in my heart forever.   All my love….  

Linda Spouler

September 8, 2019

We will always remember Auntie Jessie as the beautiful, generous, thankful, caring person who can always find humour in any situation. Her laugh was infectious.

She always made sure to call our mom several times a week after our dad passed, just to chat and check up on her older sister.

She has been our "go to" person to plan our Chinese banquets, as she always knew which restaurants served the best food. She helped plan ours and Debbie's wedding banquets in the '70s and has been involved ever since.

We will cherish all these memories forever. Thank you for being part of our lives.

Linda, Larry, Aaron, Jessica,

Abe Lee

September 5, 2019

Sept. 5th, 2015. The last time Tu & I came to visit. Love & miss you Auntie!

Mark Wong

September 4, 2019

Our mother is a saint!
Kind, considerate and caring.
She is a special person in our hearts.

“Look up to the sky.
Now tell me what you see.
A cloud, the moon, possibly the sun.
Many answers there will be.

When I look up to the sky,
I’ll tell you what I see.
I see my mother,
And she’s looking back at me.

She tells me she didn’t want to leave us,
But it was time for her to depart.
It was the hardest thing she had to do,
And it’s breaking her heart.

She tells me we mustn’t be sad
Because finally she’s pain free.
She’s found her place in heaven
Underneath a blossom tree.

She’ll always be there to share our joy
And laugh at the jokes we make.
In order to feel her presence,
Only a little imagination it’ll take.

You will all be saying your farewell,
But for me it’s not goodbye.
If I want to see her, all I have to do
Is look up to the sky.”

Love you always mom!

Mark Wong

Iggy-Anna Wong

September 4, 2019

December 2013
Vancouver, BC

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