95th Birthday Celebration ~ 2004
Part I (To Part II)
China Studio Photo: Jade Chan and FriendClick to enlarge the Choy Family Home in ChinaImmigration Photo 1958: Chan Yook Hai (Jade) Choy
Grandma Yook Hai Choy's 95th birthday, based on the Chinese lunar calendar, was on August 25 on the Julian calendar this year. However, to accommodate all her children, granchildren and great grandchildren's busy schedules, the official family gathering was held on Saturday, July 31.

In the past, family members cooked and served a banquet at Soo's for +100 guests. This year, to allow for all of us to spend as much time as possible as a family,  we booked a private dining room at Brandon's Victoria Inn. Even the birthday cake, in the past baked by younger daughter Sue-On, was ordered-out.

Older daughter, Sue Sem Gin and her two grandchildren, Brendan and Alana Yao, arrived on July 22. She spent many hours visiting with her mother while the two kids attended Mini-U at Brandon University, their mother's alma mater. Sue Sem came loaded with Chinese treats that are not available locally. 

Granddaughter Ilym Yao arrived on July 27th. Her aunt Sue-On and Uncle Bill Hillman picked her up at Winnipeg airport. She came bearing gifts: Chinese baking!

Ilym's husband, Paul,  was able to leave work on Friday. Another of Grandma's granddaughters,  Cindy Gray, picked Paul up and they arrived in Brandon late Friday night. He also brought lots of goodies.

Grandson Ja-On Hillman, his friend Angela, Ja's son, Soulin, and granddaughter China-Li Hillman were all home to help Grandma celebrate.

We were happy to have had cousins Marilyn Choy of Vancouver,  Marion and her two children from Winnipeg, and David and Margaret and their three children join us in the celebrations.

Due to distance and work schedules, grandson Robin Hillman of Red Lake, Ontario, granddaughter Anna and husband Clint McArthur of Canmore, Alberta , and grandson-in-law Mark Gray  of Winnipeg were unable to attend the party.

Prior to the Victoria Inn party, the family received wonderful "room and board" at son Ken and wife Rebecca's home. To complete the two weeks of feasting, the family gathered at Bill and Sue-On's for a bison steak BBQ, herb-crusted roast lamb and chocolate cappuccino mud pie.

Sue Sem and the family were flying out Tuesday after lunch. We all gathered at Ken and Rebecca's for brunch. Rebecca and Sue-On had dueling waffle irons!

It's always sad to see family leaving, but the thought of Ken and Rebecca's famous BBQ's, and Sue-On's much requested pre-Xmas shortbread and desserts will ensure the horde will be heading east again next summer!


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Photos on this page by Bill Hillman

95th Birthday Celebration ~ 2004
Photos by Kenny Choy and Bill Hillman
Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four

Other Choy Webs:
Sue-On's Family Odyssey
The Choy Family Story in Pictures

Bill & Sue-On Hillman Eclectic Studio