Ms. Hongrui Yuan was born in Hebei, China on 12/21/1933. She went to Beijing to make a living with her brothers when she was very young. Starting as a laundry lady, she learned how to read and write at night school and became an excellent kindergarten teacher. In the mid-1950s she married Mr. Jihan He. During the Great Cultural Revolution, her husband was sent to a labor camp far away from home and received harsh treatment. Ms. Yuan sustained the family and raised three young daughters by herself until Mr. He was released back home to reunite with them. In 1990, she came to the United States with her husband after retirement and settled in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where they were able to enjoy the freedom and peace of living independently by leaving all the bad memories behind. She enjoyed sewing and crafting at home and selflessly helped her daughters care for her grandsons. Unfortunately, in the later years she was gradually impaired by Dementia. After her husband passed away in 2008, she moved to California to live with her youngest daughter‘s family. Life was unfair to her by taking away her memory but what she didn’t forget is smiling and caring. Everyone who saw her was moved and impressed by her beautiful smile. She received 12 years of tender loving care by her youngest daughter and her family. Unregrettably, with her daughters at bedside, she passed away peacefully at 7:00 am on September 26. 2020, a sunny morning in California.
She is now joining her parents and brothers in heaven and finally lay rest next to her husband, whom she loved and never forgot even in the deep stage of dementia and married for more than 60 years.
Ms. Yuan is survived by three daughters Jenny, Bo, and Tao, three son-in-laws Ke, Shirong, and Ramond, together with five amazing grandsons Johnny, Andrew, Zachery, Thomas and Jerry. She will be missed forever. Her smile and grace will stay with us in our hearts.
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