Our beloved mother, Hazel Fong, of Calgary, passed away unexpectedly on September 4th, 2019. Full of energy, Hazel continued even at her age to defeat all comers at badminton, crossword puzzles and jenga.
Our mother was born to Sun and Bow Sim Chuen in Bow Island, Alberta where her grandfather, Chuck Chuen, was a pioneer. He had established a general store at the turn of the 20th century which remained in business for 80 years. Mom moved to Taber after marrying John Fong in 1950. As a woman ahead of her time, she juggled motherhood, many cultural interests and working at the family business, The Big T Taber Supermarket, with style. After Dad passed away in 1990, mom re-located to Calgary to be closer to her children.
We will miss her adventurous spirit and her profound love for her family. She took a keen interest in her grandchildren and great-grandchild and eagerly attended their sports activities, music and theatrical performances. Mom was known for her active mind and quick sense of humor and was also an accomplished artist.
She is survived by her daughters Linda Jade Fong (Binx Selby) of Arizona, Shari Boisvert (Dennis) of Edson, and sons James (Dr. Linda Diane), David (Anwen), and Chris (Janelle), all of Calgary, and grandchildren Linx; Jasmine and Jordan; Stephen (Wendy and great-grandson Jamie), Matthew (Mel), Daniel (Nadia); Jonathan, Megan (Owen), and Catherine; Kaitlin, Connor, and Cole. She is also survived by her sister Violet Fong, of Lethbridge, and brother Norman Chuen, of Medicine Hat, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by siblings, Helen, Mary, George, Harry, and Irene Chuen.
A special thank you to Hazel’s wonderful companions, Tereza, Aireen and Dalen, and the staff and volunteers at St. Marguerite Manor, Calgary for their compassionate care.
Friends and family are invited to a Visitation to pay their respects between 1:30pm and 2:30pm on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610, 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta.
A brief Graveside Service and interment will follow at 3:00pm, on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the Mountain View Cemetery, 1210 Scenic Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta.
A Celebration of Hazel’s Life will then be held at 2:00pm on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at ST. DAVID’S UNITED CHURCH, 3303, CAPITOL HILL CRESCENT, Calgary, Alberta.