Lishan S. Yau

April 27, 1956April 13, 2018
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Lishan S. Yau, 61, of Greer, passed away on April 13, 2018. She was the daughter of the late C. C. Shih and C. C. L. Shih.

Lishan grew up in Taiwan and received her B.A. in Foreign Languages at the National Taiwan University. She obtained her Masters degree in Journalism from University of Illinois where she met her husband, Jenfu Yau. She also earned an MBA from the University of Cincinnati.

Lishan started her purchasing career at GE in Cincinnati, Ohio and later became the Purchasing Director at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. In 1999, she moved to the Greenville area where she was the Purchasing Director at Furman University until her retirement in 2015.

Lishan was an active member of the ballroom dance community in the Greenville area. She had many interests and talents including cooking, singing, photography, web design, and event planning. These were highlighted in her contributions to the monthly ballroom social for Studio Rizzuto for which she organized, DJ’d, cooked, photographed, and assisted teaching. Due to Lishan’s contributions, this dinner dance became the largest ballroom dance social in the Upstate. She took great pleasure in sharing her passions with friends and family.

Lishan is survived by her husband, Jenfu Yau; her son, Loren Kevin Yau, and his wife, Jenny M. Yau; two grandchildren, Elizabeth and Erin Yau; her brother, Chung Yuang Shih; and her sister, Shui-I Shih.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 22nd at 11:00am in the Chapel at Mackey Funerals & Cremations at Century Drive. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 10:00-10:45am.


  • C. C. Shih, Father
  • C. C. L. Shih, Mother
  • Jenfu Yau, Husband
  • Loren Kevin Yau, Son
  • Jenny M. Yau, Daughter-in-law
  • Elizabeth Yau, Grandchild
  • Erin Yau, Grandchild
  • Chung Yuang Shih, Brother
  • Shui-I Shih, Sister


  • Visitation Sunday, April 22, 2018
  • Memorial Service Sunday, April 22, 2018

Lishan S. Yau

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Lucille Herwald

April 23, 2018

What an exquisite tribute to Lishan yesterday. She would be so proud of her family and friends for her love of life and love for them was reflected in each moving eulogy. I am so sorry for your loss, we will all miss Lishan greatly. She gave so very much of herself - her talents and her beautiful deeds that she shared will surely live on through all of us.

Carol Gilchrist

April 22, 2018

Lishan touched our lives in so many ways. Her love for dance, kind smile and personality would light up the room when she walked in.
She will be sorley missed by many.
We were out of the country and just received this sad news.
Ours heart are broken.

Carol Gilchrist
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Rosa Seay

April 17, 2018

I have so many great memories of Lishan! Such a talented, smart, sweet friend. This reminds us of how fragile life is. My life, like so many others, was certainly enriched by meeting and getting to know her. My condolences to the entire family. She will be greatly missed.

Linda and Randy Phillips

April 16, 2018

Lishan's love of living a good life full of her endless acts of kindness will never stop being inspirational. We feel so blessed to have known Lishan as a dear friend and will forever cherish the wonderful memories shared. Lishan and those memories will lovingly remain in our hearts. Words cannot express our sorrow and our thoughts and prayers will continue for you Jenfu, family and the many friends feeling the great loss of our dear Lishan.

Lori & Roy Budgell

April 15, 2018

Jenfu, our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this difficult time.

Lishan was a wonderful person. She was a very patient teacher as we tried to learn new dance steps. We so appreciated her help! We are so thankful for having had her as a friend.

Love & Prayers

Lori & Roy Budgell

Ash and Kim Abel

April 14, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends. We were genuinely touched by Lishan's warm heart and gracious smile as she helped us in dance lessons recently. She will be greatly missed. We feel fortunate to have met her.

With love at this sad time,

Ash and Kim Abel

Susan Smith

April 14, 2018

Lishan was a very special person. We are so blessed to have had for a friend. We loved and admired her so much. She will greatly missed. Love and prayers to Jenfu, Kevin , Jenny, Ellie, Erin, and Lishans dear friend, Rob.

Eugene Constance

April 14, 2018

Our Deepest sympathies ,