OBITUARY

Kim Lan Woo

May 1, 1945November 1, 2020
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Kim Lan Woo was born to Kwock Chou Mah (Father) and Yik Chiu Pon (Mother) in Canton, China on May 1, 1945. She was the eldest of eight children. At a young age, Kim and her brother, Brian, moved to Taiwan to live with their aunt and uncle until they were young adults.

In 1969, Kim immigrated to the United States to join her grandparents, father, and younger siblings in Seattle, Washington. She began her lifelong career in the hospitality industry at Ruby Chow’s Restaurant. She then moved to Gold Coin, where she was introduced to Joe Woo, by Joe’s brother, George, who owned Gold Coin. Joe and Kim had their first date at 13 Coins and, after a brief engagement, were married on Christmas Eve in 1970. In November of 1971, their first child, Sherry was born. In February of 1974, they welcomed their second daughter, Stacy. In December of 1979, they joyously welcomed their son, Steve. In April of 2002, their first grandchild, Elyssa, was born, and in November of 2006, their grandson, Preston, joined the family. Together, Elyssa and Preston were the great joy and love of her life, they affectionately referred to their grandma as Popo. Kim’s family also included pets Baby Ruth, Lily and Penny.

Kim and Joe worked tirelessly and sacrificially to provide piano, dance, swim and judo lessons for their children. In 1972, Kim began working part time at Ivar’s Salmon House in the evenings and weekends. Kim cared for the children while Joe worked during the day. Her part-time job at Ivar’s Salmon House, under the leadership of Ivar Haglund, would develop into a 44-year career that allowed her to touch countless coworkers and dining guests that she had the pleasure of serving. In return, they had the privilege of experiencing the Mama Woo touch.

Joe and Kim were happily married for 34 years until Joe’s passing on April 23, 2005.

Kim loved to sing, garden and treated her friends and family to her amazing cooking. She was kind, fun, generous, hysterically funny and feisty. She loved watching her Taiwanese news stations, which helped her feel connected to her home country. She enjoyed watching her Chinese dramas with Elyssa and Preston while sharing her rare Chinese teas with them. After school trips to McDonald’s for soft served ice cream were frequent. Later in life, she developed a love for Judge Judy and the humor of Friends. She especially loved to spoil her grandchildren with food, red envelopes, kisses and tight hugs.

Kim made the best shrimp and pork pot stickers and wontons from scratch. Her Doong (traditional sticky rice dumplings) were famous. Each year, she would spend weeks preparing, assembling, wrapping and steaming them for friends and family.

Kim lived for her family. She would do anything for her husband, children and grandchildren. We will always remember our mother for her passion and unwavering love for us. We love and miss you greatly. Thank you so much for everything, Mom. You were the best Mom and Popo and we were so lucky to have been loved by you.

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L. K. Lee

November 20, 2020

I met your mom a few times. I loved her humor and warm heart. She raised an amazing family and I am so grateful I had the opportunity to to met her. Rest In Peace Mrs. Woo.

Chi Mitchell

November 20, 2020

RIP Mama Woo. I will always cherish the few but wonderful memories you left behind and can only wish I had gotten to know you better. We would have made incorrigible foodie buddies.

Treena Johnston

November 20, 2020

Kim was always so warm and inviting. I would sometimes stay with them when I would visit Sherry. Kim always wanted to make sure I had everything I needed. She always wanted to feed us. <3 Much love & thank you
My deepest condolences to all friends and family. She will be missed.

Norma Taylor

November 19, 2020

Mama Woo has such a special place in my heart. Not only was she a mother to one of my great friends, grandmother to one of my favorite, kindest young man, but she was such a unique person of her own! I loved bringing her cherries and apples from eastern WA because I know she truly enjoyed them. I loved going to visit her because I could always get a great laugh-even on my very last visit with her. And how could I ever forget the many treats she would send home with me! Speaking of great laughs, I will never forget the day she accompanied me to go get fresh crab- she thought my driving was the worst and she was not shy in letting me know. Mama Woo- I will miss you but know that your loving memory will go on forever! Enjoy this photo of where your cherries will always be growing! Love- Norma

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