Siok Twen Chong

Obituary of Siok Twen Chong

October 12, 1924 - Jinjiang, Fujian Province, China

May 27, 2022 – Calgary, Alberta Province, Canada


Siok Twen Chong, of Calgary, AB, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 27, 2022, at the age of 97 years.


Siok Twen was born in Jinjiang, Fujian Province, China. She was the eldest in her family and had three brothers and one sister. She was tutored in private at an early age and was one of the few pioneering women of her time who could read and write and had escaped the ordeal of foot binding. In the 1940s, Siok Twen married to Mr. Cheung Kai Lam and moved to Hong Kong in the 1950s. Together they had one son and three daughters.


Hong Kong was not an affluent city in the 1950s and 1960s. Starting life in an unknown city, and not knowing a word of Cantonese, Siok Twen showed great resilience. Gradually, she got used to living in Hong Kong and it became home for her and her four children. She was kind and gentle with her neighbours who looked out for each other. Even though she was in Hong Kong and had limited means, she would help her relatives in China whenever she could.


In the 1980s, at the age of 60, Siok Twen once again took the leap and moved to Canada with her children. She has learned hard to adjust herself to a new culture, overcame the language barrier, and became a Canadian citizen.


Siok Twen has dedicated her entire life to her children. Beyond raising the four children, she has helped to look after the five grandchildren. The five grandchildren are all grown-ups now, themselves growing the family tree with seven great-grandchildren. Always affectionate and approachable, Siok Twen is endearing and well respected by her family.


Siok Twen’s golden years were spent in Calgary and enjoyed a healthy life. At the beginning of this year, she suffered from a fall and was hospitalized. Compounded by age, her recovery was slow and her health deteriorated day after day. On Friday, May 27, 2022, surrounded by her son Patrick and her daughter-in-law Samantha, she passed away peacefully.


Siok Twen is survived by four children, Connie (Henry) Quan, Lai Fai, Patrick (Samantha) Lam, and Jennifer (Lawrence) Lee. She is also survived by her five grandchildren, Felix (Angela) Lam, Kitty (Leo) Kwan, Kevin (Pauline) Quan, Anson Lam, Andres Lee; and her seven great-grandchildren.


Siok Twen embodied a remarkable spirit that her friends and family will truly miss and always remember.


Funeral Services will be held at McInnis & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North, Calgary, AB) on Friday, June 3, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. Family and friends who are unable to attend in person are invited to join Siok Twen’s service streamed live (see below) on the day of the service. Condolences, memories and photos can also be shared and viewed here.


In living memory of Siok Twen Chong, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street, Calgary, AB T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-243-8200.


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