Linda Yuen-Ling Yu

Oct 25, 1934 - Mar 7, 2012

Obituary

Linda (Wong Yuen-Ling) Yu passed away peacefully on March 7, 2012 at the age of 77, at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Sacramento, California of a hemorrhagic stroke.

She is survived by her husband of over 50 years, Albert Chi-Yang Yu of Sacramento; their daughters (and sons-in-law) Lillian Lee (Darryl) of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and Susan Fong (Phillip) of Elk Grove, California; sons (and daughters-in-law) Edward C. Yu (Kamila) of Summit, New Jersey and Irving C. Yu (Sharon) of Pasadena, California; a 95-year old sister, Kwoon Yee of Sacramento; and seven grandchildren, Andrew Fong, Russell Lee, Alexander Fong, Carolyn Lee, Janelle Fong, Sandra Yu, Aaron Yu and Keilah Yu with two more grandchildren due in July and August this year.

Linda was born on October 25, 1934, in the village of Hoiping, in Guangdong Province, China. She lived in Southern China and Hong Kong from birth, moving to Hong Kong as a permanent resident in 1953, before immigrating to the United States on February 21, 1969 with her husband, two daughters and a son. She settled in Sacramento, California to be near her older sister. She gave birth to her fourth child, a second son, in January 1970. Celebrating her new life in America, Linda was the name she chose as her first name, which was made legal when she, her husband and children became naturalized U.S. citizens on December 23rd 1974.

Linda was ranked number one in her class in Middle School. In 1956, she graduated from high school in Kowloon, Hong Kong, where she played on the girl’s basketball team. In 1959, she graduated from Wuhan Teachers College/Hubei Teachers Training School (now part of Wuhan University) in Wuhan, Hubei Province in China with a degree to teach biology. She taught high school biology at Wuhan High School No. 19, before becoming ill in 1960. She was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (“COPD”) after a bout of pneumonia. Linda would want it to be noted that she valued every breath and never smoked.

While she suffered from COPD (including emphysema, bronchitis and asthma) for more than two-thirds of her life, she did not allow this to prevent her from living a full life and giving birth to four healthy children and raising them with her husband. In 1974, she had a life changing operation at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Sacramento to remove half of one lung to improve her breathing. The successful operation and becoming a citizen the same year were two events that inspired her to say that “America gave her a second life”.

Linda was a devoted wife, generous mother, dedicated grandmother, and avid Sacramento Kings fan. She gave everything she had to her family. She loved her husband of over 50 years. She was a kind, compassionate person to others and left an indelible mark on all those lives she touched. She was an amazing, strong and beautiful woman. Her optimism and warmth inspired everyone who knew her. She will not be forgotten. Her passions in life were children, her grandchildren, playing Mah Jong and watching King’s basketball games.

Mommy, we will always love you and remember you. We will also miss you very much.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, March 19, 2012, at 10:00 AM, at East Lawn Memorial Park, 4300 Folsom Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95819, (916)732-2000.

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