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Susan Cheng Fong


1924 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Oct. 11, 1924 - May 18, 2018 Woodland Susan Cheng Fong passed away peacefully on May 18. She was 93. Born in Baguio, Philippines to Chinese parents from the Guangdong Province of China, Susan immigrated to the United States in her late 20's, following the example of her older brother. Here she met and married Donald Fong who lived in Woodland. Together they raised three children, Clifford, Michael, and Margaret. Donald Fong established a successful family farm in Yolo County, farming with his brother, Oung for many years. Susan contributed by doing all the bookkeeping for the farm until she and Donald retired and turned the farm over to their sons. Susan was a gracious woman - always thinking of others. Even when with age she couldn't remember who you were, she was instinctively grateful and complimentary. She reached out to all around her in her family and community, and was a favorite aunt and confidant. Few could withstand her comprehension of "How to Win Friends and Influence People". For example, in the late 50's when she and Donald bought their first house in Woodland, a neighbor started campaigning against having any Chinese living on their street. Susan quietly broke down the barriers by meeting this resistance with kindness, caring, and generosity, turning this antagonistic situation into a deep friendship that lasted for the remaining decades of their lives. Almost as welcome as her kindness was her cooking. Susan was known for preparing delicious meals that demonstrated her love for others. All her dishes held the principle of balance, of harmony of flavors and textures and tastes. After eating her food, you just felt good. Susan is fondly remembered and missed by her three children and their spouses, Cliff and Jennifer, Mike and Viola, and Margaret and Rex; two granddaughters, Zoe and Kasey; as well as her younger sister, Eunice, and many nieces, great nieces, and nephews and great nephews. We are grateful to all who made Susan's life so rich, and for the care provided by EnEn and Melba in her later years. Anyone wishing to celebrate Susan's life is encouraged to give a donation to their favorite charity, continuing Susan and Donald's tradition of giving back to the community.
Published in Daily Democrat on May 27, 2018
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