A Mother To Generations (Article taken from AIC Publication Seniors Jouney/Putting Family First)
Lee Hua Yong and her husband started their own business after World War II, selling household goods like tablecloths, bedspreads and table runners from China to department stores and also foreigners. It was a lucrative opportunity that they could not ignore, especially with the influx of foreigners to Singapore following the war. Taking on the role of saleswoman, the 86-year-old mother of four recounts how she would pile the goods into their car and drive to the colonial homes in Sembawang owned by foreigners to sell the items door to door. They did well and the business thrived for over 50 years.
However, when her children went overseas and foreign clients returned to their homelands, Hua Yong and her husband closed their shop in Sembawang, and the business along with it. Very much a family person, the doting mother shared that when er third daughter’s husband passed away in an accident, she and her husband supported their daughter and her two children. Hua Yong took on the duty of ferrying her grandchildren to school until they grew up and went to England and Sweden.After so many years, the closeness that Hua Yong shared with these two grandchildren is not something they have forgotten either. Both of them take turns coming back to Singapore to visit her as they miss her and love her. She also receives calls frequently from them. The grandmother of five proudly adds that she is fortunate enough to have four great-grandchildren now.