Toi Lonnie Young at 83

Toi Lonnie Young, retired owner of Young's Florist, passed away at her home in Palo Alto of congestive heart failure on Tuesday Feb. 24, 2004, with her children by her side. She was born Toi Lung Yee on February 12, 1921 in Salinas, CA and was the second of six children. At age 2, her mother returned with her to the Yee family village in Taishan, China where she was raised and educated. She returned to Salinas when she was 16 years old where she attended public school and later worked at the Salinas Cannery. In November 1942, Lonnie married her sweetheart of three years, Fred Young of Gilroy. Two weeks after they were married, Fred was drafted into the Army during World War II. As a result, Lonnie went to work at the Marin Naval Shipyard in Sausalito.

In 1949, she and her husband Fred opened Young's Florist & Nursery. She owned and operated the flower shop for 52 years until her retirement in February 2001. Lonnie was a founding member of both the Young Family Association of San Francisco, the Stanford Area Chinese Club and a member of the Chinese Community Center of the Peninsula. She is survived by three sons, Fred Jr., Ken and Gordon Young, and daughter, Wanda Ching; two daughters-in-law, Jean Young and Kathy Young; and six grandchildren. (Source: San Francisco Chronicle, Mar. 2, 2004).

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