Josephine Yung passed away peacefully at her home in Boca Raton, Florida on April 13th, 2021.
Born January 17th, 1921 in Wuxi, China, Josephine was the youngest daughter in a family of seven brothers and nine sisters. Her father was the prominent Chinese entrepreneur Yung De-Sheng, who built his fortunes on Flour and Textile industries and was a famous philanthropist of his time. Josephine had her early education in Shanghai and attended the McTyeire School where she excelled at sports and held many sports records. During the Second World War, she moved to Chung-King to attend the war time Southwest University and then went on to further her studies in the US in the late 40s. Afterwards, she worked in the textile industry in the US and Hong Kong from 1950s to 1970s, and was a senior executive at the textile firm Pioneer Industries. She was a smart and hardworking lady and a pioneer of independent working women of her time.
Those who know Josephine will remember her passion for sports, especially for the game of golf. She had a late start, picking the game up in her 40s. She not only became a good player but also extremely knowledgeable about the game and its history. She joined the Royal Hong Kong Golf Club in 1967 where she won many ladies’ competitions and was popular among her peers. Later, when she retired to live in Florida, she joined the Boca West Country Club and made many lifelong friends there. During her retirement, she travelled extensively around the globe to play all the famous golf courses. She kept on playing the game until her 90s.
Although Josephine remained single throughout her life, she lived her life to the fullest and always looked energetic and upbeat. She remained close to her siblings and their families in China, Hong Kong, US, Brazil, Germany, Switzerland and France. She was always the center of attention wherever she went and often surrounded by friends and relatives. She will be lovingly remembered by her nieces, nephews and their children and grandchildren around the world as the strong, quick-witted and intelligent “Aunt Nine.”
Below is a poem Josephine quoted in her will for her loving family and friends:
WHEN I AM DEAD, MY DEAREST BY CHRISTINA ROSSETTI
When I am dead, my dearest,
Sing no sad songs for me;
Plant thou no roses at my head,
Nor shady cypress tree:
Be the green grass above me
With showers and dewdrops wet;
And if thou wilt, remember,
And if thou wilt, forget.
I shall not see the shadows,
I shall not feel the rain;
I shall not hear the nightingale
Sing on, as if in pain:
And dreaming through the twilight
That doth not rise nor set,
Haply I may remember,
And haply may forget.
Professional arrangements by:
Gary Panoch Funeral Home
6140 N. Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL 33487