Obituary of DR. CAIYUN CHEN
It is with heavy heart to announce that our beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, Dr. Caiyun Chen, age 91, departed for reunion with my father Zhiyuan Li and entered eternal rest in peace at 4:15 am on December 8, 2019 in Santa Rosa, CA, surrounded by her youngest daughter Dr. Li Li, her son-in-law Mr. Joe Chan, and her grandson Anthony Chan.
Dr. Chen was born on January 24, 1928 to Fusheng Chen and Jiying Gao in Dandong China where she was raised and educated and then became a medical doctor. She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years (1955.01.08 - 1998.01.23) and is survived by four children: one son Debin Li, and three daughters, Min Li, Jie Li, and Li Li, as well as six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Dr. Chen was a well-known respected medical doctor and practiced for over 40 years in China. After her retirement, she resided in Sonoma County CA since 1998. She was fond of travel. Until 2018 in her 90’s, her footprints were across the Eastern, Western, Southern, and Northern Hemispheres. She visited many cities or states/provinces in the US and China (including Taiwan), as well as some other countries, such as Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, etc.
Dr. Chen was a delight to be around and lived life to the fullest. Her sweet smiles, kindness, generosity, intelligence, consideration and ingenuity made her family, neighbors, and friends truly enjoy all the time she accompanied, the slippers she crocheted, the sweaters and vests she knitted, and the dumplings (Baozi and Jiaozi) and many other gourmets she cooked.
Dr. Chen was an ambassador of Chinese language and culture. She did not only teach her grandchildren Chinese as if they were native and how to cook Chinese traditional food (e.g., Baozi, Jiaozi, Zongzi, etc.), but also went to their classes for many years during traditional Chinese Festivals with special Chinese food, decorations, and red envelopes for the specific holiday. The American children truly enjoyed the time together in an authentic Chinese environment and lots of them still treasure the red envelopes from her years ago. She taught many American friends how to play Mahjong and make Chinese lanterns.
Dr. Chen was really sharp and a fast learner. She learned to use phones and tablets really well in her 80’s and taught her children and friends in China who did not know how to use various apps (e.g. WeChat) to communicate at real time and exchange photos and videos instantly. She made all her family, relatives, and friends in different countries within her finger taps. She was never lonely although she did not speak much English. While hospitalized, she was seeing and chatting with them during dinner time every day remotely until the night before she departed.
Dr. Chen, our beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, is our inspiration and role model. She will be missed deeply by her family, friends, and many other people she met in her life. She also lives in our hearts forever.
Dr. Chen’s Memorial Services:
· Time and Date: Sunday, December 15, 2019, from 10am to 11am
· Place and Address: Eggen & Lance Chapel, 1540 Mendocino Ave. Santa Rosa, CA 95401.
Please head to Fuzhou Restaurant by Noon, 12:00pm, at 450 Mendocino Ave. Santa Rosa, CA 95401.
Dr. Chen’s family look forward to meeting all of you at the restaurant for a heart-felt appreciation of your kind presence celebrating her fullest life and seeing her off to her reunion with her husband, her relatives and her friends rest in peace as well as your generous assistance during the most difficult time of our loss and all the joy and laughter that you brought her all these years in her life.
我最亲最亲的亲人们、朋友们，此时此刻，我的心情非常沉重，因为我亲爱的妈妈，陈彩云医生，于2019年12月8日美国加州时间早上4点15分/中国北京时间晚上7点15分在美国加利福尼亚州圣塔萝莎市 (Santa Rosa, CA)，由我们，她的小女儿李力、女婿陈祖坚和外孙陈海丰，给她穿上妈妈亲手缝制的寿衣，驾鹤西去和天堂里的爸爸以及其他亲人朋友团聚去了。她老人家走得非常安详，就像睡觉一样，没有痛苦，没有遗憾，悄悄地给自己平凡而伟大的一生画上了一个完美的句号，享年91岁。
· 地点：Eggen & Lance Chapel, 1540 Mendocino Ave. Santa Rosa, CA 95401.
· 地点：福州餐馆, 450 Mendocino Ave. Santa Rosa, CA 95401.