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Helen Chao Yu


1919 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Helen Chao Yu passed away peacefully June 26, 2014 in her Fountain Valley, CA home. Helen is survived by her children Susan (Joe Turner), Linda, Alexander (Wendy), Benjamin (Betty); grandchildren Olen Caldwell, Dana Frederick, Alexa Frederick, Joshua Yu, Jamie Yu, Caleb Yu, Micah Yu, and Elijah Yu. She is also survived by her sisters Wan Rong Chao Leung, Hang Mee Chao, brother Shou Shan Zhao and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Quin Shen Yu, her grandson Quin Caldwell, and her brother Romeo Tuck Chao. She was born in Fushi Village, Taishan City, Guangdong Province. She went to the Art College of Canton and studied under Huang Junbi. She moved with her family to Rangoon, Burma after the WWII Japanese invasion where she married the love of her life, Quin Shen Yu. They made a perilous journey back into China, sometimes being separated, eventually to the wartime capital of Chungking and the U.S. Consulate. When the U.S. Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 was repealed in 1943, and Chinese were allowed to emigrate for the first time in 60 years, Helen was 32nd of the 105 people issued a visa in 1944. Pittsburgh, PA was Helen's home for 53 years where she was an accomplished business woman and artist. She owned the Yu Yung Yu Gift Shop, Quen Luck Restaurant and co-owned the Golden Dragon Restaurant. She taught and demonstrated Chinese brush painting. Her last years were spent in CA, enjoying life, surrounded by loving family. Viewing is Sunday, July 6, 2014, 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM at Rose Hills Mortuary, 3888 Workman Mill Rd., Whittier, California 90601 and the Funeral Service is Monday, July 7, 2014, 11:00 AM Rose Hills Memorial Park - SkyRose Chapel, Gate #1, same address. Luncheon will follow service and burial. Memorial donations in Helen's name can be made to the First Chinese Baptist Church of Fountain Valley, CA, San Gabriel Presbyterian Church of San Gabriel, CA, Cornerstone United Methodist, Placentia, CA, and the Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, CA.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 2 to July 4, 2014
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