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Ying Shi

Ying Shi

Wednesday, January 8th, 1936 Sunday, April 4th, 2021

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石英女士 生平


石英女士,生于1936年1月8日,逝于2021年4月5日,享年86岁,宁波人。

在宁波出生于从事金银器小康人家,童年时光可能是她有限的快乐时光,可惜父亲的早逝和时代剧变带给她是生活的急转直下。抗战时期孤儿寡母逃难至重庆万县寄人篱下,通货膨胀,加之同父异母哥哥的患病一家人生活在贫困中,她经历了重庆大轰炸,我外婆抱着她从防空洞边死人堆里跑出来。抗战结束回到上海,生活依然艰辛,造就了她一生中极为节俭,恨不得一分钱分成10瓣用,。在上海完成高中后为了减轻家庭负担,她考入北京林业大学,通过助学金完成大学学业。

与大学同学陈树元结为伉俪,夫妻恩爱,勤俭持家,抚育子女三人,教育有方,均大学毕业,事业有成。毕业后分别在中国科学院沈阳应用生态研究所、江苏省中国科学院植物研究所、南京农业大学工作,从事科研、教学工作,为付教授职称,退休后移居美国,其优良品德获得亲朋好友称赞。

石英来自上海大都市,靓丽出众,小家碧玉外;知书达理,善解人意;温柔细腻,善解人意;手巧细心、吃苦耐劳,任劳任怨,勤俭持家,堪称楷模,为陈大家庭做出巨大牺牲,功不可没!秀于外慧于中,自强、独立、勤俭、温柔、奉献、贤惠成为其人生最好的写真。

石英年轻时代饱受生活艰辛,通过自己打拼改写人生轨迹。她深明大义,抛弃误解,将诸爱无私给予家人,让大家感受她爱的奉献,做到爱到一世,是爱的化身!施与恩泽,让人铭刻在心!

愿石英在天之灵感受亲朋好友的祝福!我们与您同在!



Ying Shi’s Life

Ms. Ying Shi was born on January 8, 1936 and passed away on April 5, 2021 at the age of 85. A native of Shanghai, she went on to enroll at the Beijing Forestry University upon completing high school. After graduation, Ying worked at the Chinese Academy of Sciences at both the Institute of Applied Ecology in Shenyang and at the Institute of Botanical Research in Nanjing. She subsequently served as vice professor at the Nanjing Agricultural University. Following retirement, she immigrated to the United States to live with her younger son and his family.

Ms. Shi was married to Mr. Shuyuan Chen. Together, they were loving and caring parents to three children, raising them with both thrift and diligence. All three children have gone on to attain both college and graduate degrees and have since assumed successful professional careers. In her youth, she was a graceful woman. She was independent, diligent and dedicated to caring for her family. Her character has garnered her tremendous love and respect from all family members, friends and colleagues alike.

The first half of her life was characterized by tremendous hardship given the persistent social instabilities, political turmoil and wars that plagued that era in China. Ms. Shi was raised in the metropolis of Shanghai where her family owned a jewelry store. However, a series of unfortunate events turned her childhood upside down— the early passing of her father, the rapid depreciation of the family wealth due to war-inflicted hyperinflation, a multi-year exodus to Sichuan to flee the Japanese invasion and the infamous Chongqing bombing and massacre were of events of particular note. Yet, despite all these hardships, she remained resolute in the pursuit for a good education and a better life for herself and her family. Through her early hardships, she developed an enviable character highlighted by independence, resourcefulness. Over the course of her life, she demonstrated to future generations what it truly took to be a considerate, dedicated and caring mother. She will forever be remembered.

May Ying Shi be blessed by all families and friends in heaven.

Ying Shi is survived by three loving children and 5 grandchildren. Her husband Shuyuan Chen passed away one and half months prior.

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Dear Mom (Shi, Ying) summary PPT:
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Dear Mom (Shi, Ying) photos video:
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Comment | Posted at 04:36pm via Condolence
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rui chen

他们说人来,人往,人生匆匆
They say people come, people go, life is short as the falling of snow
您就这么绝尘而去,世界还是平静如初
Away you flew, the world may not know
透过漫天的星斗, 我们还是能够看见您
Still I see you, celestial
美丽温柔的笑靥和轮廓
Beautiful smile, elegant circle
是时候放下您,可是我们却不肯松手
When we should, but can’t, let you go
泪眼模糊,just want this moment to hold
Tears streaming down, just want this moment to hold
我们知道,您和爸爸就在身边,用另一种方式陪伴着
We know, you and dad are by our side, led the way you will show
您的光芒璀璨似长虹, 指引我们继续向前走
Your light is like rainbow, give this feeling, everglow
相聚纵有时, 相思永无穷
Togetherness is short, we gonna miss you, wherever you go

亲爱的妈妈,想您爱您!您永远在我们心中!
Dear mother, Miss you, Love you, you are always in our hearts!
Comment | Posted at 04:27pm via Condolence
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rui chen


Jing Chen's Eulogy

Now I still clearly remember the Christmas in December last year. Mom and Dad came to my place to get together like the previous holidays. Who would have thought that after this nightmare winter, we lost our father first, and today we have to face the departure of our mother? Mother chose to leave us on the special day of Ching Ming Festival. The spring cherry blossoms in Washington, DC are romantic, the camellia that mom likes in the front yard is still blooming, and the Clivia grown in the parents' apartment has also bloomed. But what we feel, is only the harsh winter. My dear mom, who gave me life, nurtured me, educated me, accompanied me, is gone.
To me, my mother is a model of beauty, gentleness, understanding, diligence, studious, and the best for family management. There are too many memories, here I will recall a few fragments.
When I was born in Shenyang in 1968, my grandmother and two-year-old brother were the only ones stayed at home. Because in that special era, my father had to travel to Inner Mongolia on business. Later, my mother often told me that it was my grandmother who accompanied her to the hospital, and she almost gave birth to me in the toilet. My mother was going to the toilet at the time, thanks to a careful nurse who discovered that mother’s condition and quickly helped her onto a delivery bed that was already occupied by another lady. I hurriedly came to this world and thus forged the bond of mom and son. When I was a child, I was frail and often sick. Before my parents were transferred to Gobangzi Village in the northeast rural area, they decided to send me to my grandparents' home in the relatively warm south. It was not until I was in the fifth grade of elementary school that my parents finally successfully transferred back to Nanjing, and then I reunited with my parents. Although I have been separated from my parents for so many years, my mother's warm care made me feel uncomfortable from the beginning to quickly integrated into the new life. Together with my parents, brother and sister, I experienced living in various residence, like, NanNong’s thatched cottages, student dormitories, Qianhu dormitory that is not accessible by public transportation, #47 residential buildings, and the most recent home in MuXuYuan. Once in the summer, we moved the cart from the thatched hut to Qianhu, and together we had to pull the cart to XiaoLingWei to buy briquettes. The life in those years, economic conditions might have been harsh, but the happiness is always cherishing and no less.
Maybe it is God who wants to make up for the regret of separating from my parents in my childhood, so that I can take my parents to the United States a few years after coming to the United States and live with me in the United States. When I was in the most difficult time of PhD student, my parents provided assistance and helped me care for Jerry, then with Jimmy's birth, they went to Ohio with us, and finally went with us to present Maryland. In Maryland, after my parents moved to the apartment for elderly, I called my parents almost every night to greet them. Every time I hear my mother's voice, I feel at ease. My mother is the harbor of my soul. During these years in Maryland, when I had the opportunity to take my parents on vacation with us, we went to Canada to see Xiao Rui, and went to New York, Philadelphia, Florida, South Carolina, and Cancun, Mexico. Seeing my parents happy makes me happier and more satisfied!
I remember when I first returned to Nanjing, my mother often picked up my hand and said that my hand looked exactly like my mother's. I also said that my eyebrows are like hers. After returning home from the rehabilitation center this time, when my mother was resting on the sofa, I handed the wedding photo album of Songhua and me to let her browse through. Mom clearly remembered that it was taken in Photo Studio ShangHuaJiao in Nanjing. Looking at my photos, my mother said, my son (me) looks handsome! I know that it is my blessing to have a handsome father and a more beautiful mother. On the morning when my mother left, after receiving a call from the hospital, Songhua and I hurried to the hospital at 6 o'clock in the morning. For the next 9 hours or so, I held my mother’s familiar warm hands tightly until my mother left me, and I didn’t want to let go, because I knew that I might never be able to hold it and give me life in the future. My mother's hand! Son is too reluctant to give up. Son just wants to hold it forever! I also put the hands of our mother and child together and took a photo as a permanent memorial.
Mother is gentle and considerate, knowledgeable, considerate, and especially considerate of other people's feelings, whether it is at home or domestic work unit. Later, in the elderly center in the United States, there were many close friends. In the elderly center, everyone kindly calls you Mama Shi. Dear mother, in the last few days of your stay at home, you always persuaded us, "You have tried your best, and I have tried my best. I am very content. People will have such a day. Don’t be sad and arrange your own Live!" Mom, have you seen it? When you said this, I was already in tears. Mom, I know that when your condition is so serious, you still understand and consider us. Let Songhua and I take care of you on behalf of our children for a period, let us do some filial piety and make up for the great regret that we were totally unable to serve when Dad left. Then you didn't want to drag us down, so you chose to leave so quickly. You will always be like this, thinking about the feelings of others, even in the last moments of your life!
Mom, you are my dearest mother and most loved one I cannot bear to leave!
We will always miss you forever!

Love your forever,
Your son Xiao Jing
Comment | Posted at 04:11pm via Condolence
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rui chen


Lei Chen's Eulogy

April 5, 2021 2:45am Beijing time, my dear mother passed away. In this Ching Ming season, rain is drizzling endlessly, the same time when we are paying homage to my father with deep sorrow, the disease ruthlessly takes away our beloved mother, the cruel of Destiny hits us again! At this moment, we are so helpless and heartbroken, never ever feel so cold in our life.
My mother has always selflessly given all her love to us throughout her life. Even when we’ve grown up, she continued caring for us. When we express our sadness, unable to bear parting with her, mother also expresses her nostalgia for us, and thanked us for our filial piety to her, comforting us that there is always a parting in life, and she never wanted to burden us! The feeling at that moment is like a knife twist, the pain is excruciating!
When life enters the countdown, we continue to confide our pain, our regret to mother. Mother just looked at us with her eyes, expressed her understanding with body language, and used her last strength to show her love for us. We never would forget that heartbreaking moment!
Looking back on mother’s life, she did not talk about too much bitterness. But from a few words we could feel that she has cultivated a tenacious and independent character since she was a child. Her father had passed away shortly after she was born. Since then, she has lived with our grandma and her brother. In order to reduce the burden for the family, she left the metropolis of Shanghai and chose to go to Beijing for further study in a University with subsidy. A girl from the south started studying, living, and working in the north, that made mother becoming a self-reliance, hardworking and frugal lady, with gentle and sensitive temperament.
In our eyes, mother is so beautiful and outstanding in her young age, a jade in a simple family, highly educated, knowledgeable, and reasonable, and from the Shanghai metropolis, she deserves petty bourgeoisie feelings, but the pressure and hardships of life made her a strong intellectual woman. Later, she was a good mom, diligent and thrifty, caring for her children, and adhering to the habit of saving even after economic conditions had improved. Once a girl from Shanghai, who was reluctant to spend anything on herself but saving everything she can to give her children with tremendous dedication! She gave us guidance, suggestion from all aspects including study, work, and life, using her weak shoulders to support our family!
Now all the love from our mother has imprinted in our heart, we can no longer hear her voice, we can only be immersed in endless memories. But we are convinced that no matter where you are, mom, you will send love waves, there’s no need to decipher your exact words since we know what you would say!
Dawn is coming, but you are gone, leaving your children in this world. You and Dad have gone far away, and will never come back, we can no longer hold your hands!
Mom, you said to us, do not be sad, but we can't..., We no longer have the support of our parents, the love of our parents, and the entrustment of our parents! Tears are flooding down, no words can express this sorrow. I hope this is a dream, but everything has come true...
Mom, we will always love you!

Your dear son,
Xiao Lei
2021.04.05

Comment | Posted at 04:10pm via Condolence
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rui chen

Rui Chen’s Eulogy
Mom, in this clear and bright early spring, you are gone and left your beloved children. Although you said that people would leave eventually, don’t be too sad, but the pain we have is excruciating, our heart, had broken into pieces…
Mom, you were born in a turbulent era with frequent wars and turmoil. Although you were the daughter of a silverware merchant, since our grandfather died young, you hadn't had a day of prosperity and stability. When you were young, grandma took you to escape to Wanxian, Sichuan, and carried you to avoid bombs. The scene of stepping over the pile of dead people into the air-raid shelter, was like a picture of history coming slowly from you, unfolding in front of us. Grandma had been widowed to raise you up. With the help of your brother and your self-reliance, you went north to complete your university studies alone. Everyone is amazed by your stunning beauty and grace when you are young! You are smart, hardworking, we couldn’t image you raised three of us up with such slim and delicate physical body. When you gave birth to me, you and dad were transferred to the rural area in the northeast of China for the work. I tortured you for several days before coming to this world. Grandma came from Shanghai to help you, when she saw the harsh conditions in the countryside, and my face was covered with ashes from the heatable brick bed, her tears kept raining down, because she knew what you had suffered! The special historical era and father's family background had also increased the burden of life. You worked hard, gave Dad the greatest support, and make great sacrifices for the Chen family. We can well imagine the kind of hardships and tribulations you have experienced in life, especially to you, a delicate lady from Shanghai, how tough it is!
Mom, you had been hardworking all your life, you never easily just having a rest and relax. This I believe we all inherited from you. You always said that your three children are all very caring and tidy up our respective homes endlessly. You are exquisite, ingenious, dexterous. If dad or bro’s trousers don’t fit, you’d grab a pair of reading glasses immediately and then sew it for them. You know how to knit sweaters just by looking at the trace of the stitches. When I was a child, my new clothes for the New Year were always made by you. I joked with you that grandma's hands are very handy, so are you, but ceased when come to me, fortunately, my daughter's hands are also very deft, isn’t that’s atavistic heredity?! You just smiling at me, saying I have a silver tongue but not trying to learn! You are diligent and frugal, even after conditions getting better and better, you were still reluctant to spend lavishly. Now I understand that your previous hardships have resulted in your current thrift and self-discipline. The Christmas in 2016 is my happiest days, for we all went to Florida for vacation together. I accompanied you and Dad in your 80s, entertaining ourselves tremendously, we enjoyed the family gathering of three generations together. The pride, happiness is beyond words!
Mom, I usually WeChat you and Dad every day, you never hesitate to chat with me on everything, you wouldn’t conceal anything from me either, no matter things were happy or annoying. I wouldn’t be at ease if not hear your voice. Your love for me is unlike the straightforward way Dad gave me, but I know how deeply you had cared and loved me! I hope I achieved to always been your little close padded jacket that is not arrogant but caring.
Mom, when you were seriously ill, you saw me crying, you said Rui, don't be too sad, if you are sad, I will be sad more. . . I wanted to come to take care of you in US, you also urged me not to come, you said that we have our life, you didn't want to burden us down…. When I finally booked the plane and was about to coming, you resolutely left, you didn't even give your little daughter the opportunity to take care you even for a day!
In the end of your journey, Jing asked you not to be afraid. Dad was already waiting for you there. At that time, you shook Jing's hand with all your strength. . . We said we couldn’t bear you leaving, you just shook your head. Are you asking us not to miss you too much? Such an understanding, loving, caring mom!
Mom, you are gone. Without the watching and calling from you and Dad, the wandering children will have no home. Your daughter is the kite you set off, now the string is broken! From now on, I will never hear your tireless caring! I lost, lost, forever lost mom’s love in my life!
The world is peaceful as before, water continue to roll. The gap between the past, the present and the future is that my world is now without you. My heart is hollowed out and you just flew away, leaving only the beautiful smiles captured in images. Let us be mom and daughter again in the next life and meet at the next intersection.
We cherish the memory of you, Mom. They say, as long as the thinking is there, the people we love would always be there.
Mom, in our hearts, you are forever there.

Love you forever
Your daughter Xiao Rui
2021.04.08
Comment | Posted at 04:09pm via Condolence
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