Ellen Miller Chang was born in Pomona, CA on March 12, 1920 and passed away peacefully at her home in Lewiston, Idaho on January 31, 2015.
Wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, teacher, Ellen made a positive impact on many lives. Throughout her childhood, she and her family often helped newcomers to California who were struggling for food and lodging. She was always very active in her churches and their charity work. She also worked tirelessly for the Ecumenical Hunger Project for East Palo Alto, CA. Her favorite exercise was always tennis and she made many friends on the court.
Ellen married her college sweetheart, Alvin Chang, in 1944. The couple raised three children. The young family spent the early years in Hawaii, near Alvin’s family. They moved to California in 1959 where they made many lifelong friendships before retiring to Lewiston, Idaho in 1985.
She is survived and will be greatly missed by her sons, Curtis and Kenneth; daughter, Joyce; grandchildren, Jennifer, Robin, Aaron, Randall and Kyle; great-grandchildren, Ariana, Myra and George; many cousins, nieces, nephews and wonderful friends in Hawaii, California, Idaho and the far-reaches. Ellen was preceded in death by her husband Alvin, her parents Pearl & Simeon, her brothers SB and Clark, her sister Alice and her daughter-in-law Paula.
Ellen’s family would like to thank her many caregivers for their warmth and loving care. We are so grateful for their thoughtful efforts.
Her funeral service was celebrated Saturday, February 7th. Donations will be made in Ellen’s honor to EHP.
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