A Tribute with Aloha to May Lee Chung, Outstanding ACUW Member Since 1963 – Gretchen Jong

posted Dec 12, 2015, 12:41 PM by Acuw Hawaii

May Lee Yook Chung passed away six days before her 88th birthday with her family at her side in Portland, Oregon.  Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, May Lee graduated from Westhampton College, the women’s division of the University of Richmond.  She met her husband-to-be Raymond Chung a week after arriving in Honolulu in 1958. She taught several years at Waipahu High before joining Ray at McKinley High in 1961.  May Lee was the publications teacher for The Daily Pinion newspaper and The Black and Gold yearbook until retiring in 1986.  May Lee stated in Chinese Women Pioneers in Hawaii “…instead of lucky, I would rather think that I was greatly blessed, indeed, with a Precious Heritage.” 

ACUW has been blessed a hundred fold with May Lee’s creativity, literary talent, her time, her labor, hospitality shared generously, her sense of justice with compassion, and aloha for all!

We marvel and appreciate her hand in editing these ACUW publications:  Traditions for Living, Volume I (1979); Traditions for Living, Volume II (1989); Chinese Women Pioneers in Hawaii (2002); Celebrating Chinese Women:  Qing Dynasty to Modern Hawaii (2006); and ACUW Family Favorites Cookbook (2014).

May Lee is survived by husband Raymond, daughter Kathy (Douglas Cooke), son Raymond (Kate) and grandchildren Noah and William Cooke and Glynis and Declan Chung.