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Kimwah T. Moy

February 11, 1924 - October 14, 2018

Kimwah T. Moy, a resident of San Mateo, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away peacefully on October 14, 2018 at age 94.

Born February 11, 1924 to TEO Eng Hock, a well-known merchant and one of the founders of the Singapore Chapter of the Chinese Revolutionary Alliance (Tong Meng Hui), and GIAN Shuk-Ying in Singapore, Kimwah lived in S. E. Asia and China during her childhood and youth. She often spoke of fleeing China by ship as a girl during the Second Sino-Japanese War and settling in Hong Kong with her family.

Together for over 60 years, Kimwah Teo met Clarence Moy in Hong Kong and married October 1955 in Japan. Their love of travel took them to many exotic locations including the Taj Mahal in India, the Great Pyramids in Egypt, and the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza in the Yucatan. They also traveled by trailer across the United States multiple times with kids in tow.

Following Clarence's retirement from his first career in the US foreign intelligence service, Kimwah and Clarence moved to Eugene, Oregon to run a Chinese deli restaurant next to the University of Oregon. This new life was an adventure in the hard work of small business. On the weekends, they enjoyed fishing and crabbing at the Oregon coast.

In 1985, Kimwah and Clarence moved to sunny Cape Coral, Florida for their second retirement. During this ten-year sojourn, they enjoyed their new home on a canal full of fish, their pontoon boat, many new friendships and all the fruits a tropical climate could produce.

Returning to the west coast in 1995, they moved to San Mateo where they spent many wonderful times with family and friends, and Kimwah became a keen student of the stock market.

Kimwah was a lover of crafts and cooking, often seeking out the best teachers in each area. She always greeted guests with a feast and, in her later years, she gifted them with her crocheted shawls and scarves. Many remember the kindnesses she bestowed, big and small throughout her life.

We will miss her many stories and ability to take over a room. She was a woman with a certain kind of charisma.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the following charities in her memory.

Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation https://www.alzinfo.org/Alzheimer's Foundation of America https://alzfdn.org/

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Nov. 11, 2018
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