May Suey Low Leung

Leung, May Suey Low

Aug. 4, 1929 – June 12, 2006

Our beautiful, joyful, wife, mother, grandmother, and sister, May Leung, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 12, 2006, surrounded by family at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Comox, BC.

She will be missed forever by her loving husband of 52 years John Ying Leung, and her children Colleen, Gary and his wife Susan, Allison Witter and her husband Steve, and Terry and his wife Louise. May was adored by her grandchildren: Roberta, Madeline, Sophie, Mari, Cory, Shaelynn, Elliot, Danielle, Rai-Ann and Alana. Family was always important to May. As a teenager, she lovingly helped to raise her two half sisters, Sandra Lum and Leslie Ng. And with her husband, May helped her step-brother Mai Loong Jang and his family emigrate to Victoria from Hong Kong. She is predeceased by her mother, Mary Toy Soon Wong and her father, Jang Ling. There are too many nieces and nephews on both sides of the family to mention here. May loved them all. As a child in China, May survived the bombing of southern Guangdong province by the Japanese. She never forgot the lessons of that difficult time. Throughout her life May was always generous, cooking huge family dinners and sharing her home, her time and her possessions, all while raising four children and working beside her husband in the family business, Leung Grocery in Cumberland, BC. A generation of children grew up in that Vancouver Island village under May’s kind, watchful eye. They would visit the store, first with their parents, then on their own as they grew into adults. It seemed May considered the store’s customers part of her family too. John and May square danced and volunteered tirelessly at community events, cooking pancakes and hot dogs, and building award-winning floats with the Leung clan for the annual Cumberland parades. Their children also cherish memories of summer camping trips. After retiring in 1997, May and John drove across Canada in their camper. It was a dream vacation for the two lovebirds. Then suddenly in 2000, May suffered a stroke. John never left her side, keeping her at home for five years to care for her himself. But her being in the wheelchair did not keep them from travelling. In 2004, they went to southern china with their daughter Colleen and son Terry. It was John’s first visit and a happy return for May after more than 50 years. The past year, needing more medical attention, May was transferred to the extended care unit of Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Comox. John kept her company every day, both of them making new friends among the workers, the other patients and their spouses. Even when her own health was failing, May cared about the welfare of others. We will remember her with eternal love. Her family would like to thank the staff of Oceanview Extended Care Unit, at Saint Joseph’s Hospital, and Dr. Laura Bell, for their tender compassionate care. A special thanks to family and friends for their continuing support. A funeral service will be held at Piercy’s – Mt. Washington Funeral Home in Courtenay, on Saturday, June 24, 2006, at 1:30 pm with burial to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made on May’s behalf to Saint Joseph’s Hospital, specifying that the funds go the Extended Care Unit.