Our beloved mom, Yuen Sheung Lau, 79, of Garland, TX, passed away very peacefully in her home on Wednesday, February 17, 2021. Our mom had battled a terminal illness for over a year and was surrounded by loving family members at the end. Per her request, we will honor her life with a simple graveside service for immediate family members and a few church members at Restland Memorial Park on Friday, March 5, 2021 at 12pm.
Our beautiful mom was born in southern China in 1941. She was an only child who lost her father to war at a very young age. She was raised by her mom, Sun Gor Hong, aka ¨Po¨ on their family farm. She always talked about how she loved raising pigs as a child.
Our faithful mom met our dad, Frank Yet Lau, through mutual friends and married in Hong Kong on November 12, 1965. Pursuing their dreams of a better life, our mom and grandmother came to the United States in 1966 to join our dad, who had immigrated in 1947. After living in several US cities, our mom and dad finally chose Dallas, Texas as their final destination. Soon, they started a family with two children (Judy in 1966 and Frank Jr. in 1969).
Our devout mom was Christian and baptized at Dallas Chinese Bible Church on Gaston Avenue in 1978. Until the end, our mom still slept next to her original bible that was given to her at her baptism. Our mom was also very active at Saint Thomas Aquinas Church, helping with the PTA and instilling faith in her children.
Our devoted mom helped our dad open their first restaurant in 1969 called China Boy Restaurant. In 1972, they opened their most successful restaurant called Yet Lau Restaurant on Lovers Lane, infamously known for their large billboard on Northwest Highway of a little girl holding chopsticks. They opened another Yet Lau Restaurant at Cole and Lemmon and subsequently multiple other restaurants throughout Dallas. After three decades, they retired from the restaurant industry.
Our selfless mom dedicated her life to her children. She was humble and very simple, often wearing the same clothes for years. She afforded her children a great life while never spending a penny on herself. That is what made our mom happy.
People who met our mom loved her. ¨She is the cutest thing in the world¨ is often how everyone described our mother. She was extremely petite, spoke little English and always said ¨hi¨ and ¨thank you¨ while waving. She loved to cook, sing Christian hymns, gossip on the phone with church members, and care for her children and mom. Our mom hated to fly, so she would take 30-hr bus rides to visit us in California and Florida. She would visit just to clean our houses, do laundry and just about anything else we needed. She also cared for ¨Po¨ up until her death five years ago. Our mom prayed relentlessly and got her wish of being a ¨PoPo¨ herself in 2009.
What an amazing daughter, mom and grandmother she was.
Our loving mom is survived by her husband of 55+ years, Frank Yet Lau; her children Judy and Frank Jr; her granddaughter Emily; and ¨son-in-law¨ Bill.
Mothers are a gift from heaven God uses to demonstrate his love for all children.
No one will ever love you like God or a mother does,
But take solace in the fact that you'll meet again someday.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes,
and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning,
nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.
We will miss you, mom! Whenever we hear children laughing, we will know its you in heaven looking down on us... rejoicing that you´re reunited with ¨Po¨, your dad, your ¨PoPo¨... and your Lord Savior. We love you, mom/PoPo!!
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