Winifred Chung Chin born April 17, 1925 in Hong Kong, to parents Chung Wing Yew and Yung Po Shui, passed away peacefully November 7, 2012 in her home surrounded by loved ones. Winifred primarily grew up in Hong Kong. During World War II, she fled to mainland China to escape invading forces. After the war, she returned to Hong Kong, completed two years of college, and met the love of her life, Ark Chin. This beautiful and loving union would last 64 years, until Ark passed away one year ago. Her husband was very successful in his professional life as a Civil Engineer, community activist and philanthropist. Winnie and Ark shared similar values and philosophies, and were quite inseparable. Ark was a trailblazer, and Winnie was instrumental in their life accomplishments. She was an unending source of love, encouragement, and good counsel. Winnie highly valued education and public service. She was both president and member of the Ladies' Auxiliary of the Chinese family organization, Gee How Oak Tin; volunteered at the Chinese Nursing Home, Kin On; and tutored high school students for whom English was a second language. Winnie and Ark set up scholarships at Western Washington University and University of Washington. Together they funded and built an orphanage in Kwangtung, China. Winnie's grace, loveliness and charm were noted by all who met her. Her Chinese calligraphy displayed exquisite beauty and strength.
Winnie and her husband were passionate and seasoned travelers. They visited the four corners of the earth and fulfilled her lifelong dream of traveling around the world. Winnie saw travel as an invaluable way to learn about different cultures and customs. Of course, it was also a way to collect all the tchotchkes that decorated the house.
Most important to Winnie was her family. She was a great nurturer and cheerleader. Classically educated, she was an endless source of wise Cantonese proverbs that her kids didn't necessarily understand at the time, but knew were significant. She always doted on her six children. She made sure they were well fed, well-mannered and well educated, and always considered their welfare before her own, up to day she passed. Winnie carried that devotion through to her 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Winnie and Ark especially cherished the annual family reunions they supported for the last 20 plus years. These reunions helped foster an incredible closeness in her far-flung family.
Winnie was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Ark and an older brother and sister. Winnie is survived by her daughter Candace and her four children Hannah, Elizabeth, Susha and Weston; son Curtiss and wife Omi, and their three daughters, Jessie, Samantha, Yvonne, and her husband Kiel; son Patrick and wife Patricia Lee and their two sons - Loren, Huxley, his wife Jina, and their two sons Aden and Oliver; daughter Phoebe and husband David Arndt and their child Katy; son Colin and wife Sharon Chew and their two children Simone and Sierra; and son Wilson and wife Tina Young and their four children Alex, Gabriel, Jacob and Kyrlia.
A celebration of Winnie's life will be held at Bonney Watson, 1732 Broadway, Seattle, WA, 98122 on November 18, 2012 at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kin On Health Care Center, Wing Luke Museum, or
Published in The Seattle Times from Nov. 13 to Nov. 18, 2012