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Helen Kam Lin Huang of Walnut Creek California passed peacefully in her sleep on March 8, 2019, after complications due to Alzheimer’s. She is also a 19-year breast cancer survivor.
Helen was born in Honolulu, Hawaii to Woon Lum and Rose Sam Tong. She was their sixth child and is predeceased by all of her siblings and their spouses: Elsie Pang (Charlie), Eddie Lum (Rose), Leelin Ho (Henry), Doris Zane (Jack), Ahwah Lum, Margaret Ohara (David) and Albert Lum (Nancy).
Helen was married to the love of her life, Yoong Lee Huang, who was from Indonesia. Lee received a BS degree in Agronomy from UC Davis and his master’s degree in Soil Science from the University of Hawaii, during which time Lee met Helen. After a whirlwind romance, the two were married, and their son Glenn was born in Honolulu. This young family set out on a trip around the world that ended in Brazil, where Lee was commissioned to teach farmworkers how to grow crops. This was the beginning of Helen and Lee’s joy in life of growing plants, crops, flowers, lawns and fruit trees. They returned to the United States, and added daughters Hillary and Cheryl to their family in California. The Huang family lived in Concord and Walnut Creek, but sadly, Lee died at age 46 and Helen never remarried.
Helen was an avid gardener and belonged to the Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill and Heather Farms Garden Clubs. She also volunteered with the Walnut Creek Methodist Church. Culture and heritage were very important to Helen, and she was a founding member and officer of the Hui ‘o Aloha Hawaiian Club, a founding member and officer of the Diablo Valley Chinese Women’s Club and a member of the O Kaahumanu Wahine Alii Ahahui of Hayward, California. Helen and her family enjoyed the activities and fellowship of these clubs for many years.
Helen loved to play the ukulele and dance hula. Her signature hula dances included: Let There Be Hawaii, Tutu ‘E and Hanalei Moon. She also loved to play Mahjong, and took classes in Ikebana, flower arranging, painting and upholstery She was a great cook and loved to bake and decorate cakes, sew, knit, crochet, make lei’s and do crafts.
She enjoyed fishing and camping with her family and friends. She liked to swim, boogie board and go for walks. Helen loved to spend time caring for and traveling with her grandchildren.
Helen is survived by her son Glenn Huang (Cindy), daughters Hillary Copeland (Ben), Cheryl (David), grandchildren: Marisa, Nicole, Ryan and Kevin, and great-grandchildren Ayrae and Cataleya.
Helen wished for a Kanikapila Celebration of Life (food, music, hula dancing), which will be held at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 2925 Bonifacio St., Concord, CA 94519 on Saturday, March 23rd, from 11-2. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Alzheimer’s Research Organization www.alz.org and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation www.bcrf.org
Alzheimer’s Association, Northern California and Northern Nevada
2290 North First Street, Suite 101, San Jose CA 95131
Breast Cancer Research Foundation
28 West 44th Street, Suite 609, New York NY 10036