Hems Brothers Mortuary
1975 S 4Th St
El Centro, CA 92243
(760) 352-5661
More Obituaries for SOON GEE
Looking for an obituary for a different person with this name?


1919 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
SOON OY (SUE) GEE Obituary

Soon Oy (Sue) Gee was born in Taishan, China on January 20, 1919 and after a long and remarkable life, passed away peacefully at age 98 in her Holtville home on January 26, 2017. Sue was predeceased by her beloved husband, Freddie Gee with whom she celebrated 80+ wonderful years of marriage. She is survived by her children, Edmond, Phyllis, Donald, Jeannie, and Danny; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, cousins and many other much loved members of her extended family. In China, Sue married Freddie in 1934. After the birth of Edmond and Phyllis, Freddie returned to the United States in 1936 with the intent of earning sufficient money to relocate his family to the United States. The short separation lasted 11 years due to the Second Sino-Japanese War beginning in 1937 which merged into World War II. During this separation, Sue cared for two small children, grew enough food to survive, and kept secret that she had a husband 7,000 miles away in the United States who was building Liberty Ships in San Francisco Bay and who would later served in the US Army Air Corp. This was something she didn't want to share with the Japanese Occupation Forces. Having survived the separation and war, Sue was reunited with Freddie in 1947 and immigrated to the United States as a "War Bride" under the G.I. Bill. The family settled in El Centro, where Freddie was part-owner of the Rice Bowl Caf on Main Street. Sue and Freddie started a "second" family with the birth of Donald, Jeannie, and Danny. When Freddie bought Pine Market in Holtville in 1955, Sue got a "second job" as a cashier, a stock girl, and the produce manager while being a housewife and mother. Sixteen hour days, seven days a week were common but she and Freddie still had the time, resolve, and ability to raise her children. She taught them honor and manners, to value education and hard work, and to respect their elders, family, community, and country. In 1978, after 23 years in the grocery store business, Freddie was able to retire and Sue said "not without me!" Their daughter, Phyllis, and her husband, Tommy, took over Pine Market; while Freddie and Sue went fishing and traveled across the United States, and visited Europe, Canada, Mexico, Southeast Asia, and China, where they visited relatives in Taishan and Hong Kong. When Sue was home and not fishing, she gardened and sewed, listened to Chinese opera, played mahjong with her friends, and enjoyed time with her grandkids and great grandkids. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the Imperial Valley Independent Grocers Association, and was a volunteer at the Chinese Confucius Church in El Centro. Most of all, Sue was respected for her devotion to her family, her personal sacrifices, and her endurance and strength through many ordeals. She was happiest with the love and success of her children and grandchildren. Freddie Gee, he say and Sue Gee, she say: "Gone Fishing!" Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, February 17, 2017 at Hems Brothers Mortuary Chapel 1975 S. 4th Street El Centro, CA. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Riverview Cemetery 4700 Hovley Road, Brawley, CA. In lieu of flowers and remembrances, donations may be made to the: Chinese Confucius Church Rebuilding Fund c/o Mr. Thomas Leung 836 Orange Avenue Holtville, CA 92250 or a . She will remain in our hearts and will forever be loved and missed. Rest in peace and God bless.
Published in Imperial Valley Press Online from Feb. 8 to Feb. 14, 2017
Read More
Give others a chance to express condolences. Not right now.
Planning Guide
Planning ahead makes a big difference. Get Legacy's free funeral guide and know your advance options.