Joan Low Choy
Jun 15, 1935 - Nov 18, 2015
Joan Low Choy passed peacefully on the night of November 18th, 2015. She was born in 1935 in a small village near Canton, China. At 15 years old she immigrated to the United States. She married the late Bill Choy (2006) in 1956 and began to build a life for herself.
Joan and Bill were the owners of Choy’s Market on Franklin Boulevard in Sacramento from 1963 until 1988. Choy’s Market was the quintessential neighborhood market. Customers came in not only for groceries but for a bit of gossip and conversation. Choy’s Market was open seven days a week including all major holidays. She treated everyone with kindness and respect. In retirement, old customers often ran into her and shared fond memories of the store.
Joan’s greatest joy was family. She is survived by four sons, the infamous Choy Boy’s – Stanley (Un), Eddie, Roland (Linda) and Norman (Anna). She adored and doted on her grandchildren Mia, William, Tim, Ava and Lucas (aka Luke). She also leaves behind her brother Joe Yeung and sisters Jean Leong and Esther Lum and numerous nieces and nephews. Another sister, Annabel Low, passed away in 2002. Her love was unconditional but she was tough-minded in insisting that hard work, education, sacrifice, thriftiness and family were the keys to success. She was not shy in sharing her opinions about family matters but never in a mean spirited and petty way. She was an eternal optimist and saw only the best in people.
The family would like to thank Dr. I-Yeh Gong and the entire Kaiser team for their excellent care and services.
At her request, a private service was held.