Anne Chinn Wing
Mar 9, 1919 – Jul 25, 2015
Anne Chinn Wing passed away peacefully on July 25th, 2015 in a care facility in San Diego after suffering a stroke in January 2015 while visiting her youngest daughter for the holidays. While bedridden there, she was visited often by family and friends. Anne was born on March 9, 1919 in Seattle, WA (now Pioneer Square), the youngest of 13 children. She was preceded in death by all her siblings, her loving husband of 57 years, David Lew Wing, daughter Diane Luke Locke (Wayne) of Los Angeles, CA. and grandson Wolfgang David Wing-Lawrence of San Diego, CA. She is survived by sons Larry A. Luke (Bette) of Edmonds, WA and Randall K.G. Luke (Sherrie) of Olympia, WA, daughters Dana Dorothy Wing (John) Hunter of Orange County, CA and Kimberly Ann Wing of San Diego, CA, granddaughters Alia Tiger Anne Wing-Lawrence and Cheyenne Phoenix Wing-Lawrence of San Diego, CA., granddaughter Leigh-Anne Locke Glowac (Walter) and grandson John Locke (Arlene) of Los Angeles, CA, granddaughter Natalie Luke and grandson Marcus Luke (Dahlia) of Seattle, WA., four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Anne was a leader in the Seattle community for over 60 years. She attended Seattle Public Schools and became an active volunteer in the community in the early 1940’s. In 1948, she organized the first International District Queen’s Pageant as a way for young women to celebrate their differences. She continued to organize and run the pageant for 35 years for which she received in 1986 the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce award for her services. Also, in 1948 Anne was awarded the Neighborhood House ‘Award of Merit’ for working with children of many different cultural backgrounds. She received the Jackson Street Community Council ‘Chairman’s Award’ during that year as well. In 1950, Anne’s work on the National Council of Christians and Jews yielded a Chairman’s Award for human relations fund raising to enact the Fair Employment Practice Law. She served as a board member on the Seattle Camp Fire Girls for 8 years, was the manager of the first Camp Fire Mint Drive and in 1952 was the recipient of the National Camp Fire Girls Highest Award, The Luther Halsey Gulick Award. In 1962, she was a board member on the Mayor’s Committee for Minority Housing. In 1966, she was on the steering committee to form the largest Chinese Family Association Auxiliary for the Gee How Oak Tin Association, and subsequently served as its Auxiliary president three times. In 1986, Anne received the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce Award for 30 years of service and was on the Mayor’s Advisory Committee for a Seattle Chinese Garden.
In the 1990’s she devoted much of her time to help raise financing to bring the dream of the Kin On Health Care Center to fruition. In 1994, she served as President for the ground breaking for the $12 million dollar new nursing home and formed the Kin On Auxiliary and created the monthly outing and annual holiday music programs. In 2000, Anne was honored as recipient of the Nordstrom’s Community Service Award, one of six recognized for their efforts to promote cultural and racial harmony. Also in 2000, Anne was the first woman delegate from the State of Washington to the Gee How Oak Tin National Convention and National approved of women’s right to vote. In 2005, she continued to serve the community on the Boards of both Kin On and the Suey Sing Association, and was the English secretary for Suey Sing and the Kwong Tung Association, as well as advisor for the Gee How Oak Tin Auxiliary.
Anne lived for 52 years in a home she and her husband custom built in Seward Park where they hosted many Mah Jong and bridge tournament groups and she played bridge online up until her stroke. In 1962, she was co-chair of the National Convention of the American Congress Bridge League. In the 1960’s she and her husband in addition to many salmon fishing trips, took ballroom dance lessons. They opened Poh Poh’s Laundromat and dry cleaners in south Seattle in the 1970’s which they ran for 10 years. They retired in the 1980’s and went to dances six or seven times a week. They spent 25 years travelling the world. Highlights were a trip to New York to dance at the Roseland Ballroom and Austria to dance the Viennese waltz. No one loved a party more than she. She hosted a Celebration of Life party in 2012 and with her husband danced their “last waltz” together four months prior to his passing. She led a very full and active life for 96 years 4 ½ months and will be missed by a very large circle of family members, friends and community organizations.
There will be no services. Memorials are suggested to Kin On Community Health Care (www.Kinon.Org).
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