ForeverMissed
Mom,

You'll be missed but we know you're with God, whom you loved and served faithfully, and with Dad, your sweetheart.  Thanks for passing on your legacy of love and service.  We'll see you again.

Love,

Steve, Lois, Dan and Phil

When disappointment,
grief and fear are gone
Sorrow forgot,
love's purest joys restored
Be still, my soul,
when change and tears are past
All safe and blessed,
we shall meet at last

Dear family and friends,

Please feel free to contribute stories, tributes and photos to this website.  

A memorial/celebration of life service was held on Saturday, July 24, 5:00 pm, at Sunset Church, 3638 Lawton St., San Francisco, CA.  The livestream can be viewed at this link.
In lieu of flowers or other gifts to the family, we ask that you make a contribution to Child Evangelism Fellowship: https://cefnorcal.org/cef-norcal-chapters/silicon-valley/.  To make a donation by check or money order, please send your gift payable to “CEF” and include “Flora Wong” in the memo.  Mailing Address:
CEF NorCal, Silicon Valley     
800 San Antonio Rd. ste. 5     
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Posted by Louise Leyi Zhou on July 25, 2021
Ms. Wong:

  Even though I have never had a chance to know you in my life, I am really moved by your story and your faith. I am also from Guangdong Province, China which is the same as where your parents were from. I moved to the US 7 years ago, became a Christian last year and your son, Pastor Steve baptized me! What a magical connection God has created! I believe you are happily and peacefully watching all of us in heaven right now, and I deeply appreciate your dedication to Christ and the community throughout your life!

  Louise Zhou
Posted by Donna Chan on July 13, 2021
Mrs. Flora, I missed seeing a lot after you retired from ministered the Chinese Speaking Senior Fellowship. During your ministering times, I learned a lot by you and Pastor Gary's life examples: Love God faithfully, encouraged me to read the Bible a lot. Loving seniors in Seniors Fellowship , when doing senior visitations, showing loving cares in different nursing homes, your faithful worship God on Sundays, you were good parents to your family by teaching your children to worship, to love and to serve God , to teach your children with God's words and principles in the Bible. Now , all your children are loving and serving God so much, praise God for you P. Gary and Mrs. Flora. I miss seeing you on earth, But your good examples will always in my heart and I, with God's guidence, will do my best to continue practicing your good examples. Love in God, Donna Chan at Sunset Church.
Posted by Lucy Gee on July 3, 2021
Pastor Gary and Flora had supported me while I served with the ministry of AACF. On top of their generous financial partnership and faithful prayer, Flora's handwritten notes were always an encouragement to me. Furthermore, whenever she saw my mom at church, she would ask my mom how I was doing, for years after I stopped serving with AACF. Flora really knew how to make a person feel special. It makes me smile to think that Flora now brings her gift of encouragement into Heaven.
Blessings,
Dana Chau

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Posted by Louise Leyi Zhou on July 25, 2021
Ms. Wong:

  Even though I have never had a chance to know you in my life, I am really moved by your story and your faith. I am also from Guangdong Province, China which is the same as where your parents were from. I moved to the US 7 years ago, became a Christian last year and your son, Pastor Steve baptized me! What a magical connection God has created! I believe you are happily and peacefully watching all of us in heaven right now, and I deeply appreciate your dedication to Christ and the community throughout your life!

  Louise Zhou
Posted by Donna Chan on July 13, 2021
Mrs. Flora, I missed seeing a lot after you retired from ministered the Chinese Speaking Senior Fellowship. During your ministering times, I learned a lot by you and Pastor Gary's life examples: Love God faithfully, encouraged me to read the Bible a lot. Loving seniors in Seniors Fellowship , when doing senior visitations, showing loving cares in different nursing homes, your faithful worship God on Sundays, you were good parents to your family by teaching your children to worship, to love and to serve God , to teach your children with God's words and principles in the Bible. Now , all your children are loving and serving God so much, praise God for you P. Gary and Mrs. Flora. I miss seeing you on earth, But your good examples will always in my heart and I, with God's guidence, will do my best to continue practicing your good examples. Love in God, Donna Chan at Sunset Church.
Posted by Lucy Gee on July 3, 2021
Pastor Gary and Flora had supported me while I served with the ministry of AACF. On top of their generous financial partnership and faithful prayer, Flora's handwritten notes were always an encouragement to me. Furthermore, whenever she saw my mom at church, she would ask my mom how I was doing, for years after I stopped serving with AACF. Flora really knew how to make a person feel special. It makes me smile to think that Flora now brings her gift of encouragement into Heaven.
Blessings,
Dana Chau
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Mom's life story

Mom was born Flora Marie Lee, December 3, 1928, in Sacramento, California, to Wah Lee (father) and Louie Shee Lee (mother).  She was the seventh of ten children, six sisters and four brothers.  Her father was brought to the US by his father who came to work on the railroads.  The family made a living from their laundry business in Sacramento.  

Mom studied hard, both in public school and in Chinese school which she attended daily after public school classes.  Even though her family was from Toisan, a rural area in China, she learned classical Cantonese because she wanted to enjoy Chinese opera with her father.  Her knowledge of and skill with Cantonese and the written Chinese language would be a great help to her later in life.

During high school Mom’s friend, Dolly Wong, invited her to the Youth For Christ meetings held weekly.  At first Mom didn’t want to go, so she made her younger sister, Leta, attend.  Dolly persisted and eventually Mom went.  She loved the music and singing the songs.  She was touched by the message of God’s love and the invitation to have a personal relationship with God through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  She decided to follow Jesus and continued to attend the YFC meetings on Friday nights, even though her family initially didn’t allow her to attend Sunday worship services. 

At a time when women were not encouraged to seek higher education, Mom entered Sacramento State College (now California State University, Sacramento).  She also took correspondence courses from the Bible Institute of Los Angeles (Biola).  Her pastor, Frank Fung, had been educated at Multnomah School of the Bible in Portland, Oregon.  He encouraged her to transfer to Multnomah.  She did and was granted a Bachelor of Theology degree on June 5, 1956. 

Mom moved to San Francisco as a missionary for Child Evangelism Fellowship, using her facility with both Cantonese and English to teach the Bible to children in Chinatown.  She didn’t have consistent financial support but she walked throughout Chinatown asking churches to open their doors to Bible clubs for Chinese children.  She lived at Gum Moon (formerly the "Oriental Home for Chinese Women and Girls”) run by the Women’s Home Missionary Society. But her trust in God’s provision didn’t waver. 

Gum Moon was across the street from the Chinese Independent Baptist Church (CIBC) of San Francisco, where Mom met the new Christian Education Director, Gary Wong, a graduate of Biola.  Dad became part of a close-knit family.  They were married in Mom’s family home in Sacramento on September 7, 1957.  Pastor Fung officiated, with her sister, Doris as the matron of honor and Doris’ husband, Bill, as the best man.

Mom continued to work as a CEF missionary after the births of Stephen and Lois, teaching children’s Good News Clubs wherever she could, including in our apartment on Clay St.  With the birth of our brother, Daniel, our family outgrew the apartment and God provided a house for us on Congo St., where she continued to hold Good News Clubs for kids in the neighborhood.  A couple of years later, our brother Philip was born.

CIBC SF’s sister church in Oakland was expanding and Dad was offered a position on the pastoral staff in the mid-1960s.  Mom served alongside him, teaching Children’s Church on Sundays.  She was also eager to get involved in “Release Time” when churches had the opportunity to offer Bible teaching in Oakland public schools.  It was a great use of her own gifts and passions.

Dad was offered a position at Sunset Chinese Baptist Church (SCBC), a church started by people from CIBC SF.  He took the opportunity to work in San Francisco again (they still lived in the house at Congo St.) with several of the people who had been in his youth group at CIBC SF.  Mom again served alongside Dad, teaching Bible in Sunday School and in the preschools that were affiliated with the church, Sunrise Preschool and later The Ark Christian Preschool.  

Mom also took an interest in the plight of the elderly in San Francisco, particularly those who spoke only Chinese and had little or no voice in how they were treated.  Her facility with both Chinese and English again became a way that she could effectively serve others.  She became an Ombudsman for the state Board of Consumer Affairs.  But she got tired of the paperwork and decided to simply visit on her own and advocate for anyone that approached her with a need.  Since she never drove, she took public transportation or had Dad drive her.  He became interested in serving the elderly and joined her when he retired, giving their ministry the official name of Senior Citizens Outreach: SCOR.  Besides visitation, they offered worship services in several nursing homes and led the seniors’ ministry at SCBC which included Bible studies, educational talks, speakers, and outings.  Mom was able to serve people at both ends of the life span, teaching both children and seniors of God’s love while being a tangible expression of that love in their lives.

Dad preceded Mom into God’s presence in 2012.  Lois came to live with Mom and care for her in 2017.  Mom died peacefully at home on June 22, 2021, and went to be with God, whom she loved and served faithfully, and to join her sweetheart, Gary. 

Flora is survived by her four children and their families: Stephen and his wife Winnie and their children Rebecca, Michaela and Joshua; Lois (Tony) and her children Erin and Colin; Daniel and his wife Christine and their children, Isaac, Jasmine and Ruby; Philip and his wife Betty and their children Kyle and Ethan.  She is also survived by her youngest sister, Leta.
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Encouraged and emboldened

Shared by Steve Hong on July 20, 2021
Oh the grace of God that He would use Pastor Gary and Flora as a powerful ministry and encouragement to me and my family. At Pastor Gary’s memorial (which incidentally was the most celebratory memorial I’ve ever attended), I went to stand in line to offer my sympathies to Flora…and the first thing out of her mouth was her concern for my family. I was struck by her selflessness even at a service focused on grieving the passing of Gary and celebrating his life. In the past decade, I would continue to receive the occasional surprise phone call or mail from Flora, something that Pastor Gary started with me when I was attending seminary over 20 years ago. In fact, the ONLY personal letter I ever received in my seminary mailbox came from Pastor Gary. 

When Pastor Gary passed, Flora continued to drop surprise phone calls or write something to me. That was extra special. When she called, I dropped EVERYTHING, I pulled over, I did whatever I could  to take the call (she of course would never call on a Sunday when I might be busy with my church activity!)

What have I done to receive this grace? I never even sat under their ministry directly. Thank God for this grace, a grace that’s carried me (and other contemporaries of mine (e.g. Pastor Dana Chau).through decades of ministry, esp through seasons of adversity or unclarity. 
 
I celebrate their legacy; I will miss them, but  feel emboldened to carry on the spiritual legacy I witnessed through their lives. 

My Aunt

Shared by Valerie Lee on July 14, 2021
My Auntie Flora will be miss dearly!



I was her flower girl when she and Uncle Gary got married.  Your Dad was the one who officiated the marriage of Gilbert and I.  We just celebrated our 46th anniversary on June 29.
I will remember your Mom as a very kind, soft spoken, caring and loving woman with lots of wisdom of God.  
When we exchange Christmas cards, she would always send a pamphlet about the Lord. I'd enjoyed reading them.  There are many many memories which I will cherish.  Aunt Flora is on a new journey and her sibling will greet her with open arms and Uncle Gary too! 

Tribute to Mrs. Wong

Shared by Goldwyn Ling on July 13, 2021
Our family will be forever grateful for the opportunity to get to know Mrs. Wong in the past few years, during which time we were her “taxi driver” for the Sunday church visits. In return, she introduced us to the lovely Sunset Church family. We will always miss her warmth and genuine love for us and everyone around her. 

Mrs. Wong loved taking pictures. She often passed out pictures that she took of people, sometimes from years back and then told them the background story of each picture.  She was private, modest, humorous, and very caring.  A few years ago, at a Sunset fundraising event, there was a Chinese Wok for sale, we casually mentioned that it would be nice to add to our kitchen. Next thing you knew, she bought it for us, which we put to good use for many years.

In addition to constantly laboring in her lovely garden, Mrs. Wong adhered to a healthy diet and a holistic lifestyle according to her readings, which probably contributed to her longevity. Thanks to her advice, we are taking vitamin B12 daily.

We will always remember the glint in her eyes and her laughter. Most important of all, we are grateful for her fervent prayers for our family in times of crisis. 

Flora, you are an elder, an advisor, and a true friend to us. Until we meet again, you will always live in our memories.

In Christ,
Minnie & Goldwyn Ling