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Obituary

Song Ja Choi

January 18, 1945 – October 13, 2021

Song ja passed away at home peacefully while holding her loving husband’s hand on the evening of October 13, 2021.

Her family resided briefly in Yanbian, China for her father’s work and she was born during this time as a youngest child of four.  The family returned to Korea sometime after the war ended.  Her memory during this time is vague as she was quite young but she shared few details of her returning trip.

In Korea, she studied in nursing and worked as a nurse assistant at a dental office before she got married.  After few years of marriage, she applied for a nurse position for the city hospital to continue her career but the day she was hired, she found out she was pregnant and decided to forgo the opportunity to work at the city hospital to prepare for her expecting child.

In late 1989, her family followed American dream and immigrated to U.S., and settled in Lynnwood, Washington.  The new environment and language barrier were challenging, and she missed her siblings and life back in Korea.  Nonetheless she did not let these challenges to pull her down, but rather embraced them with perseverance and courage, and she entrusted in God to lead the way.  These challenges also made her faith stronger than ever.  Her favorite Bible verse was Psalm 23 and this became her motto.  She also became a Sunday Bible School teacher at her church for the kindergarten and preschool children and enjoyed working with children and they loved her back.

She was a loving wife, caring mother, and devoted Christian.  Her interests ranged from travel, food, music, flowers, and many more.  She loved singing and participating in the choir.  She loved working with people and teaching and spreading God’s word.  She loved to cook not just for her family but for her church and for her Bible study group.  Her smile was contagious and people around opened up to her wit and warmth.  She was very compassionate and lent her hands to anyone who asked.  She will be remembered for her smile, willingness to help, dedication, and sacrifice.

She chose “Recompose” instead a traditional burial or cremation so that she can return to the earth naturally after death.  She also loved mountain so being part of the Bell mountain with a view pleased her.

As a wife, mother, and friend, she’ll be deeply missed.  Her family is very proud of her for determination and strength and takes solace that she’s free from her battle with cancer and her spirit lives on.  She is survived by her husband, daughter, and extended family.

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