In memory of

Lilly Li-Yen Huang 黃楊麗燕

April 20, 1928 -  September 2, 2023

Lilly Li Yen Huang, age 95, passed away peacefully on September 2, 2023 at home in Willowdale, Ontario.

Lilly Li Yen Huang loved and was loved by the people around her. She was generous, quick to laugh and easy to talk with. She was ahead of her time, an intelligent and confident modern woman. She was a wife, a mother, a sister, a friend, a business owner, and a community leader.

She was born in Kaohsiung to Yang, Jin Hu and Lin, Yu Hua, the second of 6 children with two brothers and three sisters. An excellent student, graduating from the top high school (建國中學) and going on to National Taiwan University where she started studying medicine then transferred to foreign literature. At National Taiwan University she met her future husband Michael Tsu Ching Huang and got married in Tainan on February 10th, 1953. They were married for 68 years until Michael’s passing in 2021. They were blessed with four children. They lived in Tainan where she actively served in the church and helped manage their private hospital.

In 1971, due to political instability in Taiwan, they began their immigration journey to North America, first to the United States, then eventually settled in Canada, where they chose Toronto as their new home where her sister’s (Jane) family resided.

Having an entrepreneurial spirit, she started a travel agency, Safeway Travels (now, Safeway Tours) with her sister Jane in 1978 at Eglinton and Yonge area, and continued working there until her retirement.

Her faith in God informed her life decisions. She honoured her faith through service to her family and her church. She raised the next generations of her family to be grounded in their faith. Her life of service also extended to the Taiwanese community and in supporting Michael in his medical career.

Lilly’s greatest legacy was her love for her family. To her siblings and their families, she assumed the role of matriarch that held together an extended family spread out through North America. Many of her nieces and nephews would spend periods of time living in their Toronto home. To her children she was an example of determination and perseverance. To her grandchildren she fully embodied her role as “A-ma”, and was intimately involved in their lives growing up.

She is survived by her four children, Susan (Robert), Frank (Wendy), James (Kathy) and Henry, her grandchildren, Walter (Rita), William (Isadora), Andrew (Carol), Victor (Amy), Grace (Matt), Lester (Caitlin), Meagan (Finn), Jessica (Mark), and Naomi, and her great-grandchildren, Casper, Eve, Niko, Oliver, Abby, Annabelle, Brianna, Chloe, Timothy, Wilbur, Aiden, Olivia, Luke and James.


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Ben Yang 

Entered September 8, 2023

Susan and family,

So sorry to read on the passing of your mom. Peace to you, and may God ease your heart, and give healing to your sorrow.

Best to your family


Daniel Yang 

Entered September 8, 2023

We remember the life of your mom, and give thanks to God for his goodness to her and to all of us.
We rejoice in the life everlasting, and the reunion to come. She is in a better place, surrounded by His glory,
Singing praises all the day long.
We too look forward to our day to meet God in His full glory.

Until then we make good memories while we can, pray, and do good for each other.


Nancy and Tony Vegel 

Entered September 8, 2023

Dear Susan,

So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was well taken care of by you all. I still remember how nicely she was dressed and her loving words of compassion when she spoke to my father the night before he passed. It was good that you kept our appt for the FaceTime chat. My father was so sick and wanted to cancel. What a blessing that they saw each other one more time before Jesus took him home.
I hope you all had peace as you said goodbye to your mom.

May the peace of our Lord be with you.

Nancy and Tony
Cleveland, OH

David and Ann Lin 

Entered September 8, 2023

Anne and I were very sad to hear that Aunty Lily has passed away. I still cherish the memories that we had of growing up in Toronto with aunty and your family. She will be missed by all of us. I wish you peace, comfort and love as you mourn her passing knowing that she is in heaven with God our father. We will pray for you and all of the Huang family during this time of mourning.

David Lin
Manhattan Beach CA

Margaret Waagner 

Entered September 8, 2023

Dear Susan,
Thank you for letting us know. I'm sorry for your loss, and hope your memories will be a blessing for you and your family. Please let us know of plans.

I imagine my mom greeting her dear sister with open arms and hugs.

Love, Margaret


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