A story from Austin

Shared by Shelley Xie on July 6, 2019

It has been 8 years since Maggie and Frank moved out of Austin, where we spent 9 years together.  During those years, we were a group of young fresh outs just starting our careers at Dell and building our lives in the U.S.. Maggie was among us and we met almost every weekend to hang out.  We jogged around the Town Lake, played poker, BBQed, partied, learned ski in Vail, Colorado, and went to NYC to spend Christmas together.  It was a fun time in life and unforgettable.  Four years ago, I had a brief reunion with Maggie in North California while I was on a business trip, when she just joined Alibaba. We had a dinner that evening, and we talked till the restaurant told us they had to close for the night.  She was so proud of working for Alibaba and very much looking forward to the future. I never thought that would be my last time to see Maggie in person.  About one year ago, my husband passed away due to an unexpected heart attack.   Maggie called me immediately after she learned about my loss.  We cried together over the phone for a long time.  Since then, she has been sending me encouraging words, sharing songs and making donation to help me and my family stay strong until she couldn't do it anymore a few months ago.  She didn’t mention anything about the suffering she personally went through with her disease and treatment while she was trying to cheer me up and keep me going.  

I will always remember Maggie as a most genuine friend, a loving wife, daughter and mother, and a role model who relentlessly pursue her dreams and passion.  She will continue to inspire me and many of us with a life of long legacies.  

To Frank, I want to share the words Maggie left for me last year:

On May 21, 2018, Maggie wrote:

“They “the kids” now need you more than ever.  So you should take of yourself.  Do whatever to make your life a bit easier, try your best to find something to make you happy, even though it might only last for a few minutes.  You need it!”

To Sophie and Alexander, you should know you mom loves you more than anything else in her life.  She went through so many surgeries and unbelievably amount of pain in her treatment process to survive for you.  She has always been so proud of you, and I know you will always make her proud.

Shelley Xie 

A friend from Austin

To Aunt Jiamei

Shared by Yuer Li on June 30, 2019


I can’t believe it when I heard that you went to heaven.I felt so sad. When we had lunch together I felt like it was yesterday. I am sorry that I didn’t have chance to show you the beautiful dress you gave to me.Everytime when I go to your house happiness rushes into my heart.I remember we talked about “forever “before you did first brain surgery .you told me “ For you age forever seems really really long,but me looking back forever is actually it is now ,it’s every minute,it’s every moment,all pieces together and that is forever.basically in the future is a best friend is now today and tomorrow and this minute and next moment, when you gays all growing up adding all this up every minutes every second and that compose and whole life and whole experience and that becomes forever .”I can’t understand it completely right now, I will get it in the furture.But don’t worry I will take care of Alexander and make sure he doesn’t eat too much candy,we will practice harder in tennis and golf ,we won’t give up that easy.and you don’t forget to practice golf too in heaven. I hope you have fun in heaven. I wish I am “Su Wukong”,so I can visit you every day.
Every night I look up in the sky and I looking for you .I believe you are the brightest star in the whole sky and you are looking at me too.You are in my heart forever. I love you and miss you so much.

By Yuer li

Cherish the day

Shared by Steve Ballon on June 29, 2019

There are rare moments of opportunity where you are in the position to meet the right people that you click with. During those precious moments, you find abundant joy and those moments became one of the best memories of your lifetime.

What’s so special is that Frank and Maggie, and our friends in Austin all have similar characteristics, open, kindhearted, caring, easy going, generous. Seeing Maggie’s tributes demonstrated that Maggie had a natural, innate spirit at attracting together people of similar qualities wherever she goes.

When Frank contacted me last year that Maggie would be in town, I was very excited to have had a chance to connect with her again. However her second visit did not happen as she became ill. I didn’t realize she was battling cancer. Maggie and I commiserated over our friend Luke’s sudden passing, and had proposed a reunion around September of this year. I was very much looking forward to it.

I don’t want to live in regret that I didn’t get to meet our friends for the last time, but I want it to serve as a reminder to cherish more of what you have had, enjoy the moment, and what will come in the future.

I cherish the time we spent enjoying each other’s company. Whether is tennis, running, cycling, poker, BBQ, or just hanging out thinking of starting a business, seeing newborns, it was few years of unbelievable, pure friendship.

Alas, we all went our separate paths to develop our career and raising a family.For me, those memories and joy remains fresh and as if they froze in time, allows me to reminisce often, and sustain me through hectic and busy lives. Although many years had passed, and we haven’t had much chance to meet or connect, I want to thank you!

Frank and Maggie, all the friends in Austin, thank you for giving me the opportunity to have known you, giving me fond memories and friendship that I will cherish forever, and hope to reconnect again, my friends.

纪念友人Maggie

Shared by Crane Zhang on June 30, 2019

我很难过,我们还有约好的今年聚没能成型便成了遗憾!

定格在这个初夏,

美丽善良的你变成我仰望的一颗星,

你是最耀眼的那颗!

乐观坚强的你化作我仰望的一朵云,

你是最洁白的那朵!

感谢曾经在一起的日子,一起加班熬夜,一起聊天,一起约上几个好友在你家看剧;感谢你曾经的照顾,买上一堆皮皮虾吃到撑,开车带我们去吹风;怀念那时候的我们,所有的记忆就像只是发生在昨天,那么温暖,那么留恋!

如今隔世相望,希望你能安心走好!

想念你的鹤

怀念佳楣

Shared by Cherry Li on June 29, 2019

佳楣,你走了,大家的心碎了,这两天摩托的老同事群里炸了锅了,惋惜,遗憾,心疼,泪奔,追忆。。你爱说爱笑,精力充沛,漂亮大方,一直是大家心目中的女神。。

这两天眼前像过电影一样,总是你的片段。记得1997年,很多摩托同事在美国芝加哥出差或培训,记得一次你来我公寓玩儿,你像小孩子一样,吃了三个大鸡腿儿,还一直不停地夸我做的鸡腿儿好吃,至今我都清晰地记得你满足的样子,你知道吗那对于当时不会做饭的我是怎样的鼓舞吗?
记得几个月前你还开玩笑似地说要买机票来温哥华吃新鲜红果,其实你那时已经在和病痛做斗争。今年年初你还说你想看我穿修身滑雪服的照片呢,我还欠着你这张照片,你就走了。
前一段看到你朋友圈的内容,隐约感到你的无奈,但怎么也没想到你就悄悄地离开大家了,很遗憾没能在你最无助的时候送上一些安慰。其实我知道坚强的你不想让大家替你担心才不告诉大家。难以想象你经历的最后的痛苦和磨难,心疼你和你两个可爱的宝贝儿。
生命虽然短暂,但你活得很精彩!有幸与你相识摩托大家庭,无论你在哪儿,永远是我们的好姐妹,好朋友。
佳楣,一路走好!
永远想念你的文捷

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纪念佳楣

Shared by Nancy Zhang on June 30, 2019

还清楚的记得我们第一次见面,优雅干练的您欢迎我加入摩托罗拉大家庭,我非常荣幸地成为您团队的一员,那段青春追梦的岁月,是我一生的宝贵财富,往事历历在目,却佳人不在,心痛,泪不能止。

佳楣安息!

Nancy Zhang from Tianjin

Thank you

Shared by Yan Ling on June 28, 2019

When I was informed of the news, it was a great shock.   It is hard to accept this fact. I know you were a great fighter regardless in the workplace or your life.  There are no words to describe my feeling.  I can't stop tearing.  It's like you were with a back-to-back support dear friend fighting in the battlefield, then you watch them fall. You lost someone you trust, appreciated and loved.    

I still remember the first day I joined Alibaba. Maggie was the one looking after me from HK to Hangzhou. I was impressed she was such a career driven hard working and determined female leader. I was also surprised even in the busy working life, how much love she gave to two kids and spent the time as much as possible.  I still remember the day we had a different opinion on the business that made me tearing, but I never regret it. The day I left the company, you said that we all learnt a lot from Alibaba. We will be better.  I think only you and I understand the effort and sacrification we made in the tough the situation. 
Thank you Maggie, you taught me a lot, and you made me grow.  I miss you. 

Reflection

Shared by Sylvia Depta on June 28, 2019

Anna, our 15 year old daughter, painted this for Maggie today remembering the wonderful evening she spent with her and thechildren at the Art Exhibition in Scottsdale 2019.  She calls it ‘Reflection’ - reflecting on the time she shared with Maggie.  Maggie brought out joy in children.

Shared by Christian Qian Liu on June 28, 2019

I don’t know how to start or where to start without tears running down my cheeks. It hurts so bad when I look back this past month what I have witnessed you had been through. I try not to think of that when I look at your pictures.  I keep reminding myself that  you are not in pain, not suffering any more and you have united with your beloved mom in heaven. For that I am grateful and feel somewhat relieved.

 I want to remember your smile, your laugh, your passion to life, work, dance , art , travel and so much more. I want to remember the time I washed your hair after your surgery on the neck. You still worried about me and wanted me to be happy. I told you that for things I can’t change, I accept. You said I didn’t try hard enough. You were like a sister to me. We always talked about life, love, kids, work.... we never ran out of topics. I wish I could still just come over and talk to you over a cup of steaming tea.

 So much to write, so much to remember , so much to cherish.... all of those emotions, stories can be summed in to a few words I will always love you and I miss you deeply! 

I promised you the day before the second brain surgery that I would throw you a big bday party this year to celebrate your new life after everything you had gone through. I will still keep my promise. I will still throw a party with all the girls here who love you deeply to celebrate your first bday in heaven! I promise ! ❤️

Be happy in Heaven ! I know you are watching over your lovely family from up above!

I will see you when we unite again! ❤️

Love

Qian 

written by Shirley Zhou in loving memory of Maggie

Shared by Christian Qian Liu on June 28, 2019

追忆下佳楣。佳楣加入摩托罗拉第一,我们两个去逛天津佟楼当然很贵的天海商厦,我说:你进了摩托罗拉,以后这里的东西,你想买那样,你都能买了。佳楣说这句话影响了她一生的职业生涯。

每每想起,我就很伤心。我的小伙伴就这样离开了,其实在工作中自我实现的路很辛苦。佳楣去阿里后,我们约好周末去苏州玩,她从杭州出发,我从北京出发。在路上,她电话我,说她发高烧,不能在苏州和我汇合了。我一个享受我们俩准备放飞的奢侈的苏州行程。其实当然就是她肺癌发病的开始。以后的两年,我们每次见面,都是挺她说怎样治疗癌症,她很乐观也很坚强,从来没想过会离开。今年五月,她说要回来,去杭州住一月疗养疗养,到时让爸爸也来,陪他玩玩。还说,你到时到杭州来,我们去耍。她说“我现在体力不好,我们不可以玩一整天,我们找舒服地方,多坐下来聊天”。此行只成为了遗愿。
Shared by Amy Cheng on June 29, 2019

亲爱的佳楣,我真的没办法接受这个消息。闭上眼睛,还是十八年前在美国校园的你的样子,你说话的声音,你嘴角的笑意… 几年后在波士顿的短暂重聚,到你结婚生子,以为岁月静好,总有再相聚的一天。

还有很多没来得及说出口的话,谢谢你,曾经在我迷茫和辛苦的日子里给予的温暖。如果没有你,我也许不会成为今天的我。感恩曾经遇见,人生有交集。

亲爱的佳楣,想想也会落泪,这么美好的你…

愿你安息。

纪念佳楣

Shared by You Zhou on June 28, 2019

亲爱的佳楣,愿你安息。

无论信与不信,噩耗就在那里。你就像一股清泉,流淌在我们大沙漠的天津妞们的心里。每次聚会,无论你来与不来,大家都会说起你。你不来,一定是在飞来飞去,因为大家知道,但凡你有时间,一定会来跟我们一起坐坐。你是那么清雅,那么甜美,那么让人感到温暖。你说话总是婉婉道来,不疾不徐。那天去你家,你有些咳,我说:你病啦?你慢慢说:没事儿,做了个手术,肺上长了个东西,切的时候切掉了一点儿肺叶,所以现在不太适应,有些咳。过几天就好了。我傻傻地信了你。我们还一起聊养娃,一起聊跳舞,你说你多么喜欢跳舞,是跳舞支持你走过了青春期。还一起聊了你喜欢的阿里巴巴。对了,还有我们的白老头!我们笑个没完没了!后来我们还一起回了天津,本来要一起吃火锅,可是你娃倒时差睡了,我们没约到。遗憾!再后来,后来的后来,你一直还在朋友圈点赞,我们还聊天,说现代科技先进了,人活到150岁不是问题……你依然坦荡,依然开怀大笑。有一天,我看到你跟大师的照片,谈到了生死。冥冥中,我有种悲伤,就好像你爽朗笑声的背后,却是默默在为走向死亡而做着准备,但你依然优雅,依然坦荡。我无法用我有限的想象力去揣测这两年抗癌路的艰辛,但愿痛苦就次而止,但愿你得享安息。

纪念jia mei

愿佳楣安息

Shared by Di Pang on June 28, 2019

惊闻佳楣噩耗,如此明媚鲜妍的女子香消玉殒,心痛至极。

佳楣是90年代在摩托罗拉工作时认识的小伙伴,95年时的交集比较多,彼时公司为了培养人力资源专业人员,组织了第一届HR Academy,天津和北京都有一些同事参加,每个月拿出一个周末两个整天的时间到北京或天津学习。佳楣,善友,海宁和我都来自天津,又玩得来,周末的学习经常从早到晚整天在一起。佳楣独立,热情,开朗,大家都很喜欢她。后来她出国读书,定居,近二十年没有联系,直到加入阿里经常回国,几年前在天津见过一面,才了解了一点她这些年的生活,有相爱的丈夫,有两个可爱的宝宝。奈何老天不公,幸福的时间还是太短暂。

一生以矣,愿佳楣安息,请佳楣的家人节哀。

Freda Pang from Tianjin

你的样子

Shared by Joy Zhao on June 27, 2019

等我老了,就是过几年

去巴黎买栋房子,我们早说好的。挂上你画的画,点上你喜欢的香薰。把热闹关在外边,开始慢慢地写你曾经的光芒四射,颠倒众生

如何不再爱别离,怨憎会,求不得。你现在在天上,可知道了答案?

这是一年前,刚刚一起做过facial,女神的样子,会一直记得的样子…

永失所爱,痛彻心扉

Unforgettable youth we went through 难忘一起走过的青春岁月

Shared by Amy Dong on June 27, 2019

年轻的我们在摩托罗拉天津相遇,你漂亮、干练、自信、开朗、懂事、上进, 小伙伴们一起学习、工作、玩耍....时间就这样在幸福中度过,之后你去了北京和美国继续你的留学和国外工作, 真心为你开心—-你在自己的梦想的路上奔跑。回家(回中国)工作也许是冥冥之中的安排,让微信把我们重新联结起来,感受到你的稳重和成熟,如莲花冲出淤泥,清新淡雅地绽放!

惊闻你英年早逝,心痛!心痛!心痛!你的音容笑貌历历在目,一双可爱的儿女,老天会守护他们,他们会健康成长!放心吧

佳媚,

我们想念你!一路走好!

永远怀念你,佳媚。I missed you, Maggie!

Shared by Joyce Loh on June 27, 2019

你走的那么突然。我内心实在太难受,太悲痛。我们真的永远,再也没有机会与你相见了。愿你在那一个世界里安好!听到你走了,这瞬间竟然勾起了20年前哪些日子我们曾经在天津大哥大厂人力资源部一起共事的欢声笑语,还有我们大伙儿同事们真诚认真的工作团队精神、以及咱们坦然的友谊。有你们这团队我很骄傲,我毕生难忘。我最记得你,是你做事都要求踏实,不苟且。你是我手下最疼爱的工作团队之一。在这里,我把仅存的一张1997年天津摩托罗拉大哥大厂春节晚会圆满成功的团队照片附上以作大家的追思!

佳媚,愿你安息!

Joyce Loh from Singapore

RIP dear Jiamei

Shared by Olive Chu on June 27, 2019

I don't want to believe this is true! During the Spring Festival 2019, we also greeted each other on WeChat, especially the festive costumes that Maggie specially prepared for her birth year. In just a few months,I heard such news. At the moment,I am full of sadness, besides sadness.

Listening to this song again https://youtu.be/88GAq2AWBdg, all the memories poured into my mind. 20 years ago, we listened to it over and over again on the 18th floor of Motorola Beijing office sharing our happy and sad stories together. You said this is the best song for those hard workers away from home, just like you and me ... Now you did it with your positive attitude, your achievement and your lovely family! RIP, dear Jiamei,I love you!

Olive Chu from Melbourne Australia

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