On November 11th, 2020, 劉玉玲 Yuk Ling Lau passed away peacefully in Toronto with her youngest daughter by her side.
She married her husband, 鄒秉德 Ping Tak Chow, in 1983 and had four children, 鄒闡涯 Chin Ngai Abraham Chow who predeceased her, 鄒闡昊 Chin Ho Thea Chow, 鄒闡忻 Chin Yan Edith Chow, and 鄒闡悟 Chin Ng Clara Chow.
Yuk Ling graduated with a BA in Chinese Literature at the University of Taiwan (1978) and taught Chinese Literature at a highschool in Hong Kong from 1978 to 1979 before working as a reporter at Oriental Daily News until 1981. She then accepted an offer to teach handicapped students in 1982 until she chose to focus on being a full-time mother in 1985. Yuk ling immigrated to Canada with her family in 1995 where she started teaching Chinese classes with the TCDSB in 1996. She also worked as a Personal Support Worker from 2005 to 2007 and was an interpreter at the TCDSB for many years.
Yuk Ling loved her family very much and they meant everything to her. She had very strong faith throughout her life, she founded a drama group (話恆藝集 Hua Heng Yi Ji) in the Catholic church for evangelization. She genuinely wished for everyone to experience peace and joy in their daily life. She taught her children to accept differences, and to look for the good in any situations. She was very passionate about Chinese, she especially loved calligraphy and practiced it daily.
After falling ill in 2015, she was diagnosed with lung cancer. In 2018 the cancer had advanced to stage 4, from that point on her life's mission was to pray for everyone 3 times a day, starting with those closest to her and eventually for the world. She also spent significant time organizing her experiences and knowledge to pass on as part of her legacy. She continued to do this until her last days. She was never upset or scared about her diagnosis and her positive energy was infectious in her household.
A visitation will be held on Friday, November 20th at the Pine Hills Funeral Centre, due to COVID this will be restricted to a small gathering. A funeral mass will also be held at 10AM on Saturday, November 21st .
Donations in memory of Yuk Ling can be made to one of these charities for care of the elderly or young people with disabilities: Sunshine Centres for Senors, Autism Canada, and Sunshine Foundation of Canada.