Remembering Jean Sun
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I apologize for delaying some of the recent posting due to my mother’s, Jean Sun’s passing on Nov. 24, 2018, in Riverside, CA, at age 86. She passed away in her sleep near my brother in Riverside, CA. To set the mind of some of our concerned readers at ease, I am fine and have been simply busy tending to my mother’s service in CA. We had a memorial service with sharing of her memories and a remembrance dinner afterward.
This is my portion of the sharing, below, in italics:
My mother had a life long dream of coming to United States and to live in California. So it is fitting that her life’s journey ended here. During the 86 years of her life on planet earth, she’s been a busy lady, traveling from mainland China, to Taiwan, and then to USA. During the 50 years she spent in United States, she’s lived in Ohio, New Mexico, Illinois, Florida, and California. In my memory, my mother Jean Sun was a woman full of energy and zest for life. No matter what projects or goals she had in mind, she’s always determined to do everything she could to achieve her goals. This is also seen in her encouragement of my father’s graduate studies and coming to USA or in encouraging me and my brother to improve our English by inviting school children to come to our home to play with us after school. She was a woman of warmth and compassion. When my father was working as a professional civil engineer in Santa Fe, NM, one of his colleagues came down with cancer. His own wife left him. But my mother and father would visit him on weekends to help to clean his house, cook meals for him, and do grocery shopping for him until his cancer went into remission and he was able to go back to work. Of course, he was very appreciative of what my parents had done for him. Mother was also a woman with great sense of humor and leadership. No wonder she was a very popular teacher wherever she taught, be it at North First Women’s High School or World News Technical Institute. I remember many of her students would come to our house to make and cook dumplings with us and tell my mother their thoughts that they wouldn’t tell their own parents. Finally her strength, creativity, and flexibility enabled her to transition from a PE (physical education) teacher/professor in Taiwan to a clothing designer and later an entrepreneur in USA without hesitation.
She was a woman who faced life’s challenges without fear or hesitation. To answer some of our friends’ and relatives’ question: She was a modern woman with much traditional values and outlook in life (such as the traditional Chinese custom of spending her last days with her son and only the son should make her final decisions for her….such were the tradition for Chinese of previous generations.). So, even after having spent 19 years (in Illinois and Florida) under my care (where my husband and I provided housing, utilities, food, and entertainment for both my mom and my dad), she headed out to California to be under my brother’s supervision in 2015. Since I was never given any of her power of attorney and only my brother had her POA, I did not debate over the issue as her dementia worsen and she needed to be near the person whom she had designated to be in charge of all of her decisions, medical as well as financial , my brother Jim.
She was so full of joy and zest for life that even after her memory declined in 2011-2012, one can still see her smile and joy for life when we took her to Miami Beach, Florida, to play in the ocean in the last minute of this video clip of slideshow of her life’s photos and video, below, and thank you for sharing her memories with us.
Photographed, gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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