This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Rowena Geng 陳紹莉. In accordance with her wishes, Rowena will be laid to rest with her beloved father and relatives in Taiwan. 

In lieu of flowers, we invite you to share tributes and stories about her life on this website in any language. These will be a comfort to Rowena's family. If you wish, you can also make a donation to any organization of your choice in her memory which you think would reflect Rowena's values. Thank you! 
Philippians 4: 4-7
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
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你 們 要 靠 主 常 常 喜 樂 。我 再 說 ,你 們 要 喜 樂 。當 叫 眾 人 知 道 你 們 謙 讓 的 心 。主 已 經 近 了 。應 當 一 無 罣 慮 ,只 要 凡 事 藉 著 禱 告 、祈 求 ,和 感 謝 ,將 你 們 所 要 的 告 訴 神 。神 所 賜 、出 人 意 外 的 平 安 必 在 基 督 耶 穌 裡 保 守 你 們 的 心 懷 意 念 。
Posted by Chen Samuel on November 1, 2021
Posted by Amy Becker on November 1, 2021
I never met Rowena, but I knew of her through her daughter Diane. It was wonderful to read about her life story here and reflect on how her legacy of love, kindness, and service lives on in her children and grandchildren.
Posted by Sho Lu on October 31, 2021
Thank you Auntie Rowena for your positive smile, thoughtful heart, and Best Cooking. You will always be my favorite Auntie at DCCC. I will always remember you advice, encouragement, and genuine motherly nature.
Posted by Minghua Zhang on October 30, 2021
Posted by 表單 萬國兒童 on October 30, 2021
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Posted by Dee Osemeno on December 27, 2021
My heart goes out to Rowena's family. Losing a dear loved one comes with indescribable pain. I pray that Jehovah- 'The God of all comfort' (2corinthians 1:3-4) comforts her family during this hard times .
Posted by Lillian Hsia on November 13, 2021
Dear Rowena,

You weaved God's word into your daily life. You faithfully served the Lord and loved your brothers and sisters in Christ. (1 John 3:18)

I was blessed with your assistance in serving and caring, and with your visitations in church life ministry. You always paid attention to those in need, including scholars coming from overseas. I especially remember during our LA trip to visit an aged sister, the rental car was keyless, but you still managed to drive to our destination. Your caring also reached to brothers and sisters who live in different areas in Sacramento.

In the late 90s, it meant a great deal to everyone when you helped organize the workshop on Marriage and Family led by Pastor Huang Ming-Chen (黃明鎮), and when we attended a loving and caring seminar given by Pastor Fu Li- De (傅立德) in Fremont.

I always appreciated your talent in organizing our Sunday lunches, and your banquets at the church for holidays, weddings, and funerals were very special. You always put your heart into planning and made them work well.

Thank you for compiling the DCCC cookbook for the cooking teams--the beginners on the teams especially appreciate it. We also like having your savory dishes such as sweet and sour soup, braised chicken wings, and lion heads. In addition, thank you for organizing meals to be delivered to church members who were in need. And your faithful attendance at the women's prayer group on Friday mornings encouraged us greatly.

Your heart was surely focused on missions and evangelism (Matthew 28:19-20). In recent years, we really appreciated how you led DCCC short-term mission teams to China and Taiwan-and later when you worked as a volunteer at Christian Born Anew Fellowship in Taiwan for one-and-a-half years.

I can't possibly count how many good deeds you did for others, Rowena. As for me, thank you for helping me move and for delivering my keys, which I had left buried in a pile of cherries in the supermarket.

Rowena, how much I miss you!

Lillian Hsia
Posted by Cheng-Wen Liang on November 13, 2021
her Life

Growing up

Rowena was born in Hong Kong in 1951 to Yih-Kuen Chen and Nan-Fan Chu. She grew up in both Hong Kong and Taiwan. Her formative childhood years were spent in Kaohsiung City in southern Taiwan. As the youngest girl in a large family, she soaked up the love of three older sisters (Julie, Emily, Kathy), an older brother (Lincoln), aunts, uncles, and close cousins who were also like siblings to her (Chen Li Yuan, Wang Lan Zhou, Wang Mei Zhou, Wang Jian Zhou, Wang Rong Zhou, Wang Xiong Zhou). She returned to Hong Kong for high school and then went back to Taiwan for undergraduate studies where she was one of the few women majoring in civil engineering.

Loving Family

In the 1970s, Rowena moved to the United States to pursue graduate studies at the University of Missouri in St. Louis. In 1980, she married Roy Geng in Davis, California and together they raised two children. She was the loving mother to Diane and David and mother-in-law to JP and Erin. She has three grandchildren: Ashlyn (6), Brielle (3), and Kian (8 months). She was a devoted, patient, and delightful mother and grandmother whose lovely, calm, brave spirit was a light and role model to all of her family.

Serving Others with Sincerity

Colossian 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” 
This was Rowena’s motto in serving her Lord!
Rowena served as the church secretary at the Davis Chinese Christian Church (DCCC) for over 8 years. She was gifted with extraordinary organizational skills and always went above and beyond in all she did. Nothing was too trivial or meager for her to do as long as it was aligned with God’s will and purpose for her life. Because of Rowena’s amazing culinary talent, she was always helping--and often in charge of--leading cooking teams that fed hundreds of people in weekly Sunday church lunches as well as special events like Thanksgiving, weddings, and memorial services. 
Over the past years, Rowena offered her loving care and assistance to many elderly individuals and couples in the church. She made herself available to them day and night with patience and love. People would easily open up to her with their struggles and difficulties.  She always listened patiently without passing any judgment, and extended her help with sincerity.
Rowena's goal in life was to let God’s love flow through her to bless others. Her ministry to believers and non-believers was rooted in and empowered by her love for Jesus Christ.  Nothing was too small or lowly in her eyes as she ministered to others. Just as Jesus said in Matthew 25:40, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”
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Shared by MINCHU YU on November 7, 2021
Dear Rowena:
謝謝妳,在我們全家的屬靈生命中,成為我們最大的推手;謝謝你帶Canndy 信主,接著Trudie及我也跟著受洗了;謝謝你,帶我參加太原的短宣隊,在短宣中蒙神呼召,後來,也因為你,我開始接受神學裝備,從實習傳道,到宣教師到牧師,一路走來,都是因著你的陪伴及鼓勵,我才能好好的服事,感謝主!讓你在我的生命中出現,謝謝你無私的付出,愛心的呵護;當你傳給我開始接受化療的照片時,我以為你很快可以完全的康復,沒想到神要你息了地上的工,好好安息,相信你已在主懹中,我們定會再見!想你!愛你的Cathy.
Shared by Dorcas Geng on November 7, 2021

Rowena Geng 陳紹莉

Shared by Dorcas Geng on November 6, 2021
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