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Harriet Chia Lin Moore

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Harriet Chia Lin Moore Obituary
December 13, 1921 - April 23, 2017 Harriet Chia Lin Moore passed away on April 23, 2017 at her home in Los Angeles, California, of heart failure. She was 95 years old. Born on December 13, 1921 in Hangzhou, China, she married a real estate developer Keng Sheng Yao, and lived in Shanghai, where she gave birth to two children, David and Mary. In 1949, fleeing the Communist Revolution, the family immigrated to Tokyo, Japan. This was where their youngest son Paul was born, and where Keng Sheng Yao passed away the following year. In Tokyo and Yokohama, Harriet operated various businesses, a nightclub "Talk of the Town" and restaurant "Cathay," which was the first Chinese restaurant that American military were able to patronize during the Occupation. She taught Chinese cooking to American Navy wives, and also had a Chinese cooking show on Japanese television. In 1959, the family moved to Washington DC, where Harriet met and then married Lt. Col. Donald G. Moore. The family moved to Taiwan, where Don Moore served as advisor to the Chief of the Political Department, Chinese Army, and then to Long Beach, California, in 1961. Harriet and Don Moore divorced, and Harriet worked at Travel Management Corporation, and Air-Sea Travel before forming Crown International Travel in Los Angeles in 1971, and later, Tri-Crown Vacations in 1994, specializing in luxury cruises. She sold Tri-Crown Vacations to Plaza Travel in 2016, and retired at the age of 95. Harriet is survived by her son David Yao of Westminster, CA, and daughter Mary Eichenhofer of Long Beach, CA. Her son Paul passed away in 2014. She is also survived by her sister Chou Li Tzen (Jean) of Shanghai, China, sister Wei Wei Ritzhaupt of Lecanto, Florida, and brother Charles Chou of Stanton, CA, as well as four grandsons and six great-grandchildren. Harriet lived a long and extraordinary life, marked by loyalties and friendships that extended generations. She was a force of nature, and will be missed by many. She was interred at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles. A celebration to remember her life will be held in June.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 11 to May 14, 2017
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