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60 Roe Ave
P.O. Box 539
Gander, NL A1V 2E1
Phone: 709-256-8585 or 1-888-256-8585
Fax: 709-256-7606
Boey Chee Wong

Boey Chee Wong (Yee)

Saturday, September 14th, 1929 - Friday, April 24th, 2020
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WONG (nee. YEE)

BOEY CHEE

(Sept. 14, 1929 – April 24, 2020)

Boey Chee Yee Wong, age 90, unexpectedly passed away at her home in Botwood, NL on Friday, April 24, 2020. Beloved wife of the late Young Wong (d. 1975); devoted mother of MayLing (aka Madeline) in Ottawa, ON, Edgar (Maria) in Wellsboro, PA, Betty in Ottawa, ON, Gilbert (Debbie) in St. John’s, NL, Kathleen in Gander, NL and Donna (Corey) in Edmonton, AB.

A loving grandmother of James, Michael and Laura Hum, Adrienne, Daniel and Ean Wong, Melissa and Olivia Wong, Quinn and Faye Tomsons and great-grandmother to Jackson Hum and Lilith Banovic. She was a kind sister-in-law of Hui Qiu Chen, aunt of Phillip (Kim), Winnie (Albert) and Yun Yu, and great-aunt of Sally, Judy, Andy and Stephen Chen, Richard and Jimmy Wang. She also leaves, with fond and loving memories, a large circle of other family, longtime friends and neighbours across Canada, USA and China.

Boey Chee had immigrated, with their young daughter, to Canada in June 1952. Boey Chee with her husband Young, raised their 6 children in Botwood while running a restaurant and then a convenience store. They were probably best known for their coconut cream pie (restaurant) and Custard Cones.

Boey Chee was often seen in her vegetable garden, where she tended to her garlic, carrots, snow peas, potatoes, and too many other vegetables to mention. She nurtured her goji berry plant until she could garden no more. She shared her bounty, especially the rhubarb, with many friends and neighbours. She had a penchant for coats, hats, and scratch tickets and not necessarily in that order. She was well-known for playing a mean round of cribbage. She always looked forward to an afternoon or evening game with her dearly departed friend, Peter Dwyer Sr. or her children.

Boey Chee or Mrs. Wong, as she was proudly known as, was very appreciative of the friendship she developed with David, Terry, Cathy, and the Foodland staff who invited her to dinners in their homes and at staff celebrations. The Wong family would like to thank the paramedics, RCMP and staff at Stacey’s Funeral Home for the support and compassion offered during this difficult time.

Due to Covid-19, cremation has taken place. A memorial celebration of Boey Chee’s life, once travel restrictions are lifted, will be announced. Interment will follow with her final resting place, next to her loving husband, at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in St. John’s, NL.

As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made in Boey Chee’s memory to Botwood United Church, Lupus Canada (www.lupuscanada.org), Parkinson Society of Newfoundland and Labrador (www.nlparkinson.ca) or a charity of your choice. To family and friends visiting, this section of Stacey’s Funeral Home website, we understand that your thoughts and prayers are with us - thank you.

Our love and the memory of our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, shall never pass away.
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Cindy Bradbury

Posted at 12:37pm
Madeline and Family...
I’m very sorry for the loss of your beautiful Mother. I had the pleasure of meeting her twice and I fondly remember her to be such a friendly and pleasant woman. Hold your memories close. Sending heart felt condolences your way.
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Dianne and Dave Levasseur

Posted at 12:24pm
It is with our most heartfelt sadness when we learned of the passing of Mrs. Wong.
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Diane McLaurin

Posted at 04:59pm
My sincere condolences to Mayling, Betty, Edgar, Kathleen, Gilbert and Donna on the loss of your mother. I first met Betty at work in 1984 and I heard many stories of life in Botwood. I used to laugh when Betty told me about the extra suitcase of items she was obliged to take home to her mother on every trip home. Cherish the memories of her, they will bring great comfort. Take care.

Diane McLaurin
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Connie and Ed Peyton

Posted at 11:43am
To our dear friend Betty and the Wong family,
We are sorry for your loss.
When I was a child I saw Mrs Wong as my friend's mother, now I realize that her successes were boundless. She embraced a new country, language, and culture; and raised a family and served a community.
As children we were taught to respect and honour our parents, however the Wong family demonstrated what that truly looked like to a whole community. Take comfort in the memories.
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Neala Gill

Posted at 07:14pm
MayLing, Edgar, Betty, Gilbert, Kathleen, Donna and families:

My sincere condolences on the loss of your mother/grandmother. She was an integral part of the fabric of Botwood; your store and the best twirlies a big part of our lives growing up. Keep your memories close to your heart.

Neala Gill

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