On December 4, 2020, May Choi-Sheung Ip (née Yeung) passed away peacefully in her home at the age of 88, to join the Lord in heaven.
May was born in 1932, in Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong, to Fook-On Yeung and Elsie Wong-Yeung. She had a traditional Chinese family and was the second oldest of eight siblings.
May was educated at True Light Middle School and Pui-Ying Middle School in Guangzhou. At the age of 8 years old, May personally accepted Christ as her Saviour and Lord and was baptized on Dec. 25, 1940. After her schooling, she was guided by her father into the import/export business and was promoted to “Officer in Charge” in a large, reputable import/export company. In 1979, she retired and moved to Toronto, Ontario in Canada to join her adult children.
In her later years, May was very involved in serving others in the community and in her church. She volunteered at senior care facilities: Tendercare Living Centre, Mon Sheong and Yee Hong. She played the piano for her fellowship group, drove seniors to meetings and Sunday services, and was involved with the Chinese Christian Mission (CCM). May loved and supported everyone surrounding her.
During the COVID-19 lockdown, May’s daily morning routine was to read scripture and sing hymns on her own, and then she would play a competitive, online, Chinese proverb game as a leisure activity.
May was the devoted wife and widow of late Fai-Leung Ip for 71 years and the beloved mother to Donna (Henry), Una (Wai) and Charlie (Wendy). She lovingly cared for 7 grandchildren: Bonnie (Felix), Elaine (Daniel), Mandy (Allan), Kevin, Claudia (Ryan), Charis (Ryan) and Nathan; adored her 8 great-grandchildren: Caleb, Waverley, Adeline, Charles “Charlie”, Charlotte, Charleigh, Aiden and Daniel; and helped raise 7 family dogs. May was also the cherished and respected sister of Jessie (Eugene), Lucy (Bernard), Helen (Samuel), Pansy (Tim), Kenneth, Stephen (Helen) and Henry.
May is predeceased by: her parents; her husband, Fai-Leung, who also passed on December 4th (1994); her brother, Kenneth; and her son, Charlie. She is also predeceased by her brother-in-laws: Fai-Yiu Ip and Bernard Chan.
May will be remembered by her family, her siblings and their spouses, the many nieces and nephews, cousins, and her church and other friends as being fiercely independent, thoughtful, intelligent, and generous with her time. She continually educated herself and was also known to be a well-dressed, "tech-savvy" grandma and a good cook. Though she didn’t like others making a big fuss over her, May will be deeply missed and greatly honoured by all who knew her.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Rosewood Baptist Church, where May was a longtime and active member of the congregation. Instructions to make a donation can be found at http://www.rosewoodbaptistchurch.org/?page_id=5646.
In order to keep friends and relatives healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, the family will be following provincial guidelines and having a private funeral service and interment at York Cemetery on Saturday, December 12, 2020. Please share your memories of May and view the celebration of her life by signing the online guestbook.