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Shok Fong Maria Pon

January 11, 1923 - December 5, 2015

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Shok Fong  Maria Pon was surrounded by family when she peacefully went to be with her Lord on Saturday, December 5, 2015.  She will be lovingly remembered and missed by her son, Tin (Donna) ; daughter, Caroline (Alan) and son Gary (Gina) as well as grandchildren, Stephanie (Ben), Kristin, Kendell, Quin, Anya and Hannah.  Maria was born in Toy Shan, China in 1923.  During her childhood she loved and excelled in school.  She enjoyed being active including  rollerskating and playing ball.  She worked as a governess and tutor.  In 1957 she immigrated to Canada to marry, Lau Dick Pon, with whom she had corresponded for 1 year.  The first year was spent in various small towns in northern Ontario.  Shortly after Tin was born in 1958, they moved to Regina, Saskatchewan.   They both worked in restaurants.   Mom switched to work at Regina General Hospital as a ward aide until Caroline was born in 1961.  Shortly after Gary was born in 1964, they moved to Holdfast, Saskatchewan to run a restaurant.  In December 1965 our father died.   Mom moved back to Regina and raised the three kids as a single parent.  She worked at a variety of jobs including restaurant work, secretarial and housekeeping.  She also taught Chinese school at Regina Chinese Alliance Church for 15 years.  In April, 1967 she was reading the Bible.  She started at Psalm 23.  She continued to Psalm 27.  This caught her attention and she made a decision to follow Jesus that night.  She continued to read her Bible daily.  She was a steadfast prayer warrior for her children and grandchildren.  Church became a significant part of her life;  she taught Sunday school and was involved in the ladies’ group as well as the adult fellowship.  Mom was a caring and helpful person.  Because she could read and write English, many friends sought out her assistance when it came to dealing with paperwork and income taxes.  In 1988 she moved to Calgary to help care for her first grandchild.   Once Stephanie was older, Mom moved to Chinatown.  She enjoyed life as she made new friends.  They regularly walked along the Bow River, ate out and explored Calgary via public transit.  Stampede week celebrations, especially the free breakfasts were an annual highlight.  She often referred   to her 70’s as some of the best years of her life due to the freedom and fun she had.  During the same time, she travelled often with Caroline to conferences throughout North America.  They also travelled to New Zealand and Europe for fun.  Her desire to see new places and experience new things remained throughout her life.  In 2010 mom moved to Abbotsford.  She was able to be part of Anya and Hannah’s lives including hosting them for tea and cookies or ice cream after school.  She enjoyed reading and joined the girls on their frequent trips to the library.  She loved to be outdoors whenever possible.  Laughter and food in the company of friends and family continued to be her greatest joys in spite of declining health.  She will be remembered for her compassion, generosity, wit and warm smile.   Our family would like to express our gratitude to Dr. John Chan , and to the staff at Hallmark Assisted Living, Bevan Village and Abbotsford Regional hospital for the loving care that they have provided to mom during her time in Abbotsford.  A celebration of life will be held Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.  at Level  Ground Mennonite Church,  31216 King Road, Abbotsford BC.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Level Ground Mennonite Church (http://www.levelgroundchurch.com/donate/)  or Because I am a girl.   https://plancanada.ca/GiftsofHope/products/33-Matched-gifts/.

 

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From: Arlene Les and Yulin
Relation: Friend of family

Dear Caroline, Al, Anya and Hannah,
Our deepest sympathy to you and all your family. I know that you were very close to your Mom and Grandma. Caroline, I admired how you looked out for your Mom and often went the ‘extra mile’ to care for her and for her to be a part of your lives. May the true meaning of Christmas bring you comfort and peace. We will keep you in our prayers.
Les, Arlene and Yulin

From: Deanna Froese
Relation: friend

Dear Caroline & family,
What an amazing story your Mom had! I’m always in awe of the different ways that God grabs hold of a person’s life. Love & prayers for you all as you celebrate, grieve and remember your Mom/Grandma.
Love Deanna

From: Lise
Relation: Friend

Dear Tin, Caroline, Gary and Families….”In company with Christ, who died and now lives, may dear Maria rejoice in the Lord’s Kingdom, where she will rest in God’s arms eternally. Amen”

From: Dorothy (Fong) Pang
Relation: Friend

Dear Tin, Caroline and Gary, I am sorry to hear about the passing of Mrs. Pon. I have much tender affection for your mom. I remember her as kind, generous and compassionate. She was my mom’s most valued friend and I remember their regular lunches together. Mom always came back in a good mood. Your mom will be sorely missed and fondly remembered.

From: Gordon and Wendy Chin
Relation: friend

Dear Tin,Caroline, Gary and family: We send our love and prayers to you. It is difficult to loose what was your pillar of strength. But what an amazing legacy your mom leaves behind. Be encouraged that she has fought the good fight and finished the good race and is now rejoicing in heaven.

From: Yee Wong
Relation: friend

Dear Caroline, Tin and family,
Our heartfelt condolences to you at this time of loss. It is hard. We remember your mom fondly and with love. She was a wonderful, kind, loving, wise and Godly woman and influenced me so positively as I was growing up. Be comforted by God’s love.
Blessings,
Yee

From: Paul and Mary Lee
Relation: Family friend

Tin, Caroline and Gary: Our deepest sympathies to your families during this sad time. May the wonderful memories you share provide you comfort. She was a gracious lady and we remember her with fondness. Big hugs!!

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From: DavidticOB

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  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
December 22, 2015
Beginning at 4:00pm

Location:
Level Ground Mennonite Church
31216 King Road
Abbotsford, BC Canada

31216 King Road
Abbotsford, BC Canada

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