Frances (Fankow) King

August 6, 1935November 16, 2020

Frances King passed away on 16 November 2020 in the afternoon. Her beloved husband Ignatius (George) was at her bedside.

Frances was born in China and lived there until she was 14 years old. In 1949, she left China for South Africa with her older sister Lily to reunite with the rest of the family – her parents and six other siblings. In the late 1950s, while returning to South Africa from a holiday in the Far East via boat, she met her future husband Ignatius. The boat trip lasted 18 days so they had ample time to get to know each other. They later married and had three children – Candy, Bonnie and Roy. Frances and Ignatius were devoted parents and worked hard to educate their children and provide as best they could. After retiring in the mid-1990s, they migrated to Canada. Frances embraced her new home, Vancouver, with gusto. She made new friends, figured out the public transport system, relished the yum cha establishments on offer, took delight in extended shopping hours and even found part-time work. In 2012, Frances was diagnosed with dementia and a bewildering era ensued. In May 2017, Frances moved to St Vincent’s Langara Care Home and resided there until her passing.

Frances was a generous, determined spirit, fiercely protective of family. She is dearly missed by her husband, Ignatius, her children, Candy, Bonnie and Roy, her daughter-in-law, Elisa, her granddaughters, Sarah and Nicole, her sisters, Lily and Ethel, her brother, Norman, and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. She will forever remain in our hearts.

The family of Frances would like to extend their gratitude to the staff at St Vincent’s Langara Care Home for the wonderful care they provided. In lieu of flowers, a donation to St Vincent’s Langara Care Home, in memory of Frances, would be warmly appreciated.

Due to pandemic restrictions, a closed, private Catholic service will be held on Friday, 4 December 2020 at 1:00PM in the chapel at Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre, followed by a graveside ceremony. The chapel service will be live-streamed via:

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4 December

Memorial Service - Private Invite Only

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre

14831 28th Ave
Surrey, BC V4P1P3

4 December

Inurnment - Private Invite Only

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Victory Memorial Park

14831-28th Ave
Surrey, BC V4P1P3

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Rajnish Tiwari

November 25, 2020

Sincerest condolences to Candy, Ignatius, Bonnie and Roy and their families on your loss. Losing a parent or spouse is never easy. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your moment of grief.

From my conversations with Candy, Frances had a memorable journey. She'll live forever in the memories of those who loved her. She shall remain an inspiration to everyone.

May she rest in eternal peace beside the Almighty.

Sue Yenson

November 25, 2020

Farewell to Frances.

To me, Sidney and Frances were like two peas in a pod.
Both were hardworking and kind hearted with an easy nature and
cheesy smile that lit up the eyes.

Frances, you always made us feel welcomed in your presence.

I will cherish the memories of family dinners and majong activities.
A loving big sister to Sidney and God has now chosen you to be together.

You will be sorely missed but never forgotten.
Go in peace ✝️

Our deepest condolences to Uncle Ignatius, Candy, Bonnie and Roy.

With love from
Sue and family.

Richard Yenson

November 25, 2020

Dear Uncle George, Candy, Bonnie and Roy,
We were deeply saddened to hear of Aunt Frances’s passing. We fondly remember those family get-togethers for dinner and mahjong at your house in Jeppe and later in Judith Paarl.
Aunt Frances always had a smile on her face and loved to tease us.
We will certainly miss her.
With love and deepest sympathy,
Ann and Richard.

Shirley Tuling

November 25, 2020

My fond memories of Francis.
In the late 1970s, Billy and I would turn up at the shop in Bez Valley for a chat and a cup of tea and after closing the shop, we would head off to the house for a meal followed by a game of mahjong. Francis was an extremely lucky player, she hardly loses.
I’ll always cherish your friendship, your cheerful smile and your hospitality.
I’ll miss you.

Erica Sing Key

November 25, 2020

We have such fond & beautiful memories of aiyee Frances, from Jeppe days, to King's Cafe, to Bez Valley & finally to Vancouver. Always a kind & generous person, at times scolding & impatient but always loving.
My favourite memory of Aiyee has to be the time, probably in 2010 when we were visiting Vancouver , when she returned from yum cha with her friends & brought us a take way of dim sum, walking from the restaurant! We were in awe ❤️
Her illness really saddened us but we will remember her for her courage, her determination, her hard work & work ethic, her family values, her sense of humour and loving nature.
Our hearts go out to uncle Ignatius, Candy, Bonnie, Roy and his family.
Hold onto all those beautiful memories you made in life ❤️ thank you for sharing your beloved mom with us.
May her beautiful soul rest in peace 🙏🌺🌸💮
With much love
Erica, Stan, Marc & Jason


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