Dec. 31, 1917 – Aug. 12, 2019
Lillie Mae Fong, 101, passed away August 12, 2019 She was born December 31, 1917, in Sunflower Mississippi to Ola and Wong Fong.
She was a loving single mother to Harry (Judy) Sing of Salt Lake City and Jue (Maria) Sing of Helena. She worked hard to provide for her two boys often working 2 jobs. She worked for Eddie’s Bakery full time and waitressed part time at Wongs at its’ original site in Helena. She owned her own home, sent both sons to Catholic school and walked everywhere as she never owned a car. She was a cancer survivor and relearned how to use her right hand after a job-ending work accident.
She loved her family and was proud of to be a grandmother to 7, Crystal (John), Martin(Sara), Michael(Angela), Tony, Laura(Greg), David(Brooke) and Sarah(Nate), great-grandmother to 14, Ashley, Anthony(Destiny), Ian, Nathan, Hannah, Naomi, Jonathan, Joshua, Ryan, Alex,Lucy, Felix, Isadora, her namesake, Lillie, and great-great grandmother to Ruby.
Lillie moved from Mississippi to Montana where her sister Bea resided. She lived in her own home in Helena until she was 93. In 2011, she moved to Lewistown to live with her granddaughter, Crystal and husband, John. When asked if she liked Lewistown, she was known to say that she never met a person that wasn’t nice to her. She became a regular at the Council on Aging, volunteered for reading in Beth Kirsch’s classroom, joined a coffee club for a short while and loved to go gambling with her best friend, Corby Aamold as much as she could. She continued to live with the Mattesons until 2017 when she found the perfect environment at Caslen Living Center. She loved bingo, the staff and the family dining atmosphere there. She made friends with almost everyone she met. She was always at her best interacting with people. Her positive attitude, smile and laugh will be her lasting legacy.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ola and Wong Fong, her brothers, Sing and Yung, her sisters, Bea and Rose, her nieces, Patrocinia and Frances, and grandson Tony and Great Grandson Rowan.
Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life is scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2019. It was her wish that there would be no sad funeral, just a big party.