Puey King WONG Puey King Wong passed away peacefully on April 28 at the Kin On Nursing Home. Born in China on February 11, 1911, she was 101 years old. Puey came to the United States in 1947 to be with her husband Milton, who died in 1968. She opened the Re-New Cleaners in 1948 after studying English for only three weeks. She learned the laundry business first hand, while taking care of her four children who would come along later. The hours were long and the days very hot in the summer, standing in front of the press. She used her limited English to communicate with customers and added up their bills with an abacus. In the mid-1980s she retired and finally had time to tend to her garden. She was often proud of the large zucchinis she grew, beans, bok choy and other Chinese vegetables. Rain or shine, she was happy to be in her garden. Metro bus drivers knew her well, saving the front seat for her by asking younger passengers to move. She took frequent trips to stores all over the city to take advantage of sales and would call her friends to inform them of the deals. In her later years, she lived at the Nikkei Manor assisted living facility in Chinatown and the Kin On Nursing Home. She is survived by sons Edward (Kathy) Wong, Seattle; Dean (Jan) Wong, Seattle; and daughters Faye Wong, Atlanta; and Jean Wong, New York City, as well as two grandchildren, Colby Price and Danielle Robbins, and one great grandson, Kai Edward Price. There will be a celebration of Puey's life at Butterworth Funeral Home, 520 West Raye St., Seattle, WA on Friday, May 4, 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the International District Emergency Center, PO Box 14103 Seattle, WA 98114 or the Kin On Health Care Center, 4416 South Brandon Street Seattle, WA 98118.
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Published in The Seattle Times from May 2 to May 4, 2012