In memory of
Ruth Li-Hin Chen Lin
In memory of
Ruth Li-Hin Chen Lin
Ruth Li-hin Chen Lin, 91 Educator & mother of five with key role in Chinese Scholar Garden Ruth Li-hin Chen Lin passed away peacefully in her home on Staten Island, NY, on July 22, 2020. Ruth was the born in the village of Zhang Zhou, China, on April 5, 1929 and was the eldest daughter of five children born to Lui Zhou Yang and Ta-Yuan Chen (TY Chen). Growing up, Ruth and her siblings were a rarity in their village in that very few girls, in particular, and boys in general were able to pursue an education beyond elementary school. She did her schoolwork at night after her chores were done and when she was supposed to be in bed. She recalled many nights under the bedcovers illuminated by a peanut oil lamplight to complete her studies. Ruth was able to finish high school and began her first years of college to pursue a medical degree when civil war broke out and the Communist Revolution took over the country. Since her father was a prominent general under Chiang Kai Shek who was the leader of the Kuomintang forces that was losing the battle against the Communists, Ruth had to flee in a dangerous journey from mainland China to the island of Taiwan in the early 1950s. In Taiwan she continued to complete her education and received a bachelor's degree as a science teacher from National Taiwan Normal University. She was a popular high school biology teacher for a number of years in Taipei, Taiwan. Her daughter recalls the menagerie of creatures from school including rabbits to frogs that found a home with them during school break. Ruth married her husband of 62 years, Fu Hai Lin, in Taiwan until his passing in April 2018. Their first two children, Nancy and Alan were born in Taiwan and three other sons, Boris, Calvin and David, were born in the United States after they emigrated. Ruth raised her family with creativity and love as she incorporated her skills as an educator and love of science to teach her children as they grew up. She also was one of the founders and teachers for the Chinese American Club of Staten Island, and guided in the development of an authentic Chinese Scholar Garden on Staten Island that is only one of two in the U.S. She also worked at the New York State Institute for Basic Research on Staten Island assisting her husband in the laboratory in his pioneer work on the HIV virus. In her later years she enjoyed gardening, Chinese painting, teaching her children and grandchildren how to cook delicious Chinese food and how to play Chinese checkers strategically like chess. She is survived by her five children, her son in-law Clifford Mark Smith of Winchester, MA, daughters-in-law Yvonne Lin of Commack, NY and Courtney Lin of Zionsville, IN, and seven grandchildren, Marquessa Kate, Alexander, Brianna, Rebecca, Emily, Anna and Sophie. She is also survived by her brothers, Edward Chen and his wife Rosa from Taipei, Taiwan, Dale Chen and his wife Peggy from Dallas, TX; sisters, Audrey Wang and her husband Frank from Atlanta, GA, and Fong Chen from Taipei, Taiwan. Ruth was predeceased by her sister, Claire Huang, and her brother, Wei-Hsiang Chen. A memorial celebration of Ruth's life will be offered after the pandemic is over. Please leave your name and contact information at her memorial site so we can reach out to you at that time: http://ruth-lin.forevermissed.com/ In lieu of flowers and to honor her wishes to help others in need donations can be contributed in Ruth Lin's name at the following charity: Project Hospitality, Inc., 100 Park Avenue, Staten Island, NY. 10302 ; Attn: Joshua Keller; Memo line: Food pantry and soup kitchen services in memory of Ruth Chen Lin.
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In memory of
Ruth Li-Hin Chen Lin
Ruth Li-hin Chen Lin, 91 Educator & mother of five with key role in Chinese Scholar Garden Ruth Li-hin Chen Lin passed away peacefully in her home on Staten Island, NY, on July 22, 2020. Ruth was the born in the village of Zhang Zhou, China, on April 5, 1929 and was the eldest daughter of five children born to Lui Zhou Yang and Ta-Yuan Chen (TY Chen). Growing up, Ruth and her siblings were a rarity in their village in that very few girls, in particular, and boys in general were able to pursue an education beyond elementary school. She did her schoolwork at night after her chores were done and when she was supposed to be in bed. She recalled many nights under the bedcovers illuminated by a peanut oil lamplight to complete her studies. Ruth was able to finish high school and began her first years of college to pursue a medical degree when civil war broke out and the Communist Revolution took over the country. Since her father was a prominent general under Chiang Kai Shek who was the leader of the Kuomintang forces that was losing the battle against the Communists, Ruth had to flee in a dangerous journey from mainland China to the island of Taiwan in the early 1950s. In Taiwan she continued to complete her education and received a bachelor's degree as a science teacher from National Taiwan Normal University. She was a popular high school biology teacher for a number of years in Taipei, Taiwan. Her daughter recalls the menagerie of creatures from school including rabbits to frogs that found a home with them during school break. Ruth married her husband of 62 years, Fu Hai Lin, in Taiwan until his passing in April 2018. Their first two children, Nancy and Alan were born in Taiwan and three other sons, Boris, Calvin and David, were born in the United States after they emigrated. Ruth raised her family with creativity and love as she incorporated her skills as an educator and love of science to teach her children as they grew up. She also was one of the founders and teachers for the Chinese American Club of Staten Island, and guided in the development of an authentic Chinese Scholar Garden on Staten Island that is only one of two in the U.S. She also worked at the New York State Institute for Basic Research on Staten Island assisting her husband in the laboratory in his pioneer work on the HIV virus. In her later years she enjoyed gardening, Chinese painting, teaching her children and grandchildren how to cook delicious Chinese food and how to play Chinese checkers strategically like chess. She is survived by her five children, her son in-law Clifford Mark Smith of Winchester, MA, daughters-in-law Yvonne Lin of Commack, NY and Courtney Lin of Zionsville, IN, and seven grandchildren, Marquessa Kate, Alexander, Brianna, Rebecca, Emily, Anna and Sophie. She is also survived by her brothers, Edward Chen and his wife Rosa from Taipei, Taiwan, Dale Chen and his wife Peggy from Dallas, TX; sisters, Audrey Wang and her husband Frank from Atlanta, GA, and Fong Chen from Taipei, Taiwan. Ruth was predeceased by her sister, Claire Huang, and her brother, Wei-Hsiang Chen. A memorial celebration of Ruth's life will be offered after the pandemic is over. Please leave your name and contact information at her memorial site so we can reach out to you at that time: http://ruth-lin.forevermissed.com/ In lieu of flowers and to honor her wishes to help others in need donations can be contributed in Ruth Lin's name at the following charity: Project Hospitality, Inc., 100 Park Avenue, Staten Island, NY. 10302 ; Attn: Joshua Keller; Memo line: Food pantry and soup kitchen services in memory of Ruth Chen Lin.
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