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Evelyn Yuet Ling Wong

June 15, 1944 - January 10, 2024

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Obituary For Evelyn Yuet Ling Wong

Long time resident of Grande Prairie, AB, Evelyn Yuet Ling Wong, passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2024, at the age of 79 years.

Born Kwan Yuet Ling, on June 15, 1944, in the village of Qishengli, Kaiping County, China, she was a child of privilege until the age of five, at which time internal strife erupted. She survived the horrors of war and famine in China, fleeing to Hong Kong with an aunty after being separated from her parents. She was forced to work very early to survive, and it was at this very young age she developed her ferocious work ethic. Financial hardship had prevented her from furthering her education past high school.

In 1961, she met Jack Gim Chuck Wong, and was married at the age of 17. She moved from Hong Kong to join Jack in Grande Prairie late in the fall of 1963. It was indisputably a culture shock. Never one to back down from a challenge, Evelyn learned English, worked part-time as a florist, studied hair styling, and worked a while as a stylist. She opened Classes Boutique at the Prairie Mall in 1980, ran it for 10 years, bought the Swan City Bingo Hall with Jack, and ran that for 17 years. They expanded the building to house the casino, and opened and operated the Jackpot Grill and Bar from 1995, which is now part of the JP Event Centre. She did all this while raising four children with Jack. Up until very recently, she continued to be an indomitable presence in their lives, which transcended to her grandchildren that she adored. Her passing will leave an undeniable void in their lives.

Sadly, Jack passed in 2000. Evelyn will be greatly missed by her children: Vivian Wong (Jeff Yap), and their children Jordan, Joel and Zoe; Ray Wong; Edmond Wong (Junko Okamoto), and their children, Jay and Jak; and Eva Wong (Stuart Lloyd-Jones); sister-in-law, Serina; nieces and nephew Jennifer, Tammie and Justin Kwan; brothers: Victor Kwan (Vivian) and niece Elena; Rick Kwan; Ming Kwan and niece Tillie Kwan; sister-in-law Bow Wong; nieces Carrie Wong and Jean Wong; and nephew Tom Wong.

Evelyn was predeceased by husband Jack; brother Bob Kwan; brother-in-law Wing Wong; and nephew Ken Wong.

A Viewing will be held at Oliver’s Funeral Home (10005 107 Ave.), in Grande Prairie, AB, Saturday, January 20, 2024 from 3.00-5.00 pm. A Memorial Service will take place Sunday, January 21, 2024, at 2.00pm at Teresa Sargent Hall at the Montrose Cultural Centre (9839 103 Ave).

In lieu of flowers Memorial Donations can be made to the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation (gphospitalfoundation.ca/donate).

A Livestream of the service will be accessible 15 minutes prior to the service on Evelyn Wong's obituary on Oliver's Funeral Home website.

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  • January 29, 2024

    Our deepest condolences to you Vivian & Jeff & family, Ray, Ed & Junko & family, Eva & Stuart. Evelyn's love of life, work ethic and kindness carries on through her children and grandchildren. There is no greater tribute. Randy, Lyse, Matt & Emilie

  • January 25, 2024

    Ray and Families: We are so sad to learn of your Mom's passing, hold onto your precious memories! Take Care! Leona Brown and Grande Prairie Tops Club.

  • January 21, 2024

    Dear Viv & Jeff & family, Ray, Ed & Junko & family, Eva & Stuart, We are so sorry for the loss of Aunt Evelyn. We will remember her as a generous, devoted, and strong woman who loved her family very deeply. She will be sorely missed. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all. With deepest condolences from Willy, Donna, Parker & Marisa Wong.

  • January 20, 2024

    Dear Ray Eva Vivian and Ed I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I first met Evelyn when she had the "Classes" store in the Mall. I always felt this store was appropriately named as Evelyn was the epitome of true class. She was such a kind beautiful and caring lady. This world lost an amazing person but the heavens gained an incredible soul. May your memories give you strength during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this very very sad time. Helen Metituk

  • January 19, 2024

    Soooooo very sorry to hear of your loss. Such an amazing , kind woman. Sending our deepest condolences to the entire family. Please Take care Wayne & Angie Kenefick

  • January 19, 2024

    Deepest condolences to Evelyn's family. We will miss her friendship and conversations, but are comforted with knowing she is resting with her Jack. Take Care of each other. Alex, Janice & Landon.

  • January 18, 2024

    Viv, Ray, Ed and Eva and your children, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother Evelyn. She was such a wonderful woman and brilliant role model for any aspiring parent or business owner. She worked so hard and gave so much and was always so friendly towards me in all of my interactions with her. I will always remember her. Sincerest condolences, Michael McDonald.

  • January 17, 2024

    Our sympathies to the Wong family Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones as you grieve the loss of your dear mother. May you find comfort in the love and support of your loved ones and in the precious memories you hold. Lorraine Martin, Guy & Madelaine

  • January 17, 2024

    Such a shock to hear of Evelyn's passing. Now I know where the childrens work ethic came from. Always thought Evelyn would retire in Vanvouver with her brothers . I guess she wanted to help the kids til the end. I will always remember this phrase at Jack's funeral " til we meet again "

  • January 17, 2024

    You can rest and relax peaceful now momma wong

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