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Lily Ping Soo Yip

August 6, 1929 ~ August 11, 2018 (age 89)

Lily Ping Soo (Tow) Yip, 89, of Cranston, RI, passed away peacefully on August 11, 2018 at Hope Hospice in Providence.  She was the beloved wife of Lee Chun Shing Yip.  They had been married for 62 years.

Born in Guangzhou, China, she was the eldest daughter of the late William Tow and the late Grace (Wong) Tow of Providence, RI.

Lily was an amazing woman. As a child, she fought hard to acquire a high school education at a time when few girls were allowed to go to school and a World War raged on her doorsteps in Guangzhou.  Lily survived WWII by hiding in the hills and mountains, while Lee escaped to Macau with his mother.  Years later, they met in Hong Kong, fell in love, and married. They had their reception at one of the beautiful hotels on Nathan Road and then had four children within five years.

In their 30’s, Lily and Lee left their native country, friends and families to come to America to provide their children opportunities for a better education and life.  They made many sacrifices, learned a new language, adopted a new culture, and worked hard becoming proud citizens in 1973. These children achieved their parents’ goals by serving and protecting their new country (USN, USAF), developing innovative high tech and biotech products, and educating the children of tomorrow.  Today, Lily’s grandchildren are continuing the family’s legacy of contributing to the success of the United States in the areas of education, medicine, high technology, and the military.

Lily was employed as a jeweler for Ross-Simons in Cranston, RI, before retiring at 80.  She was also a jeweler at Coro’s and Anson’s in Providence, RI.  She had an instinctive sense of fashion and enjoyed wearing jewelry. Her hobbies included making fine jewelry, sewing, knitting, and crocheting.  She loved watching all genres of movies, and especially  Chinese soap operas.  Lily also enjoyed many Broadway musicals, her last being “Rent”. She liked to travel and visited California, Denver, Seattle, Vancouver, Toronto, Niagara Falls, the Finger Lakes, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, China, and Bermuda. She spent many weekends in Boston enjoying dim sum and the Asian markets.

Besides her dear husband, Lily is survived by 4 children and their spouses, her sister, 7 grandchildren and their spouses, and 3 great-grandchildren.

A private family service will be held at the Russell J. Boyle & Son Funeral Home and burial will be at the Pawtuxet Memorial Park in Warwick, RI, on  August 17, 2018. Donations to Hope Hospice in her name would be appreciated, but not necessary. Just remember her with a smile and a prayer for the love she gave us and the courage she personified throughout her life. 

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