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It is with deep sadness the Der family announces the passing of Mee Jum Der on September 4, 2021.
She will be lovingly remembered by her husband Gam, daughter Susan, and son Ken. She also leaves behind her brother Wayne (Chuiyien) Seto and his family. Also mourning her is sister-in-law (Mrs. Henry Seto), several nephews, nieces, cousins, and many friends.
Mee Jum Der was born in Jun 27, 1941 in Hoiping, China. She graduated from university with a civil engineering degree before joining family in Hong Kong. She moved to Edmonton, Canada in 1965 to marry husband Gam. They spent the next 56 years together, during which they owned and operated a grocery store and raising a family before retiring from the restaurant industry.
Mee was hard working, faithfully devoted to her family, and a great friend to many. In their retirement years, when she and Gam weren’t busy volunteering at the Der/Tse Association, they could be spotted shopping and socializing at West Edmonton Mall. At home, she was most often perched on the sofa in front of the television, watching sports. Even though she wasn’t an athlete herself, she was quite the sports fan and always ready to cheer on any athlete or team from Edmonton, Alberta, and Canada (but only in that order). She also immersed herself into the strategy of her favourite sports (hockey, football, curling, and the Olympic events) so she could provide her own color commentary during the television broadcasts.
For Mee, her children were most precious to her. She was always there by their side to provide support and encouragement in whatever they chose to do in life. She always instilled a sense of duty and commitment to family and willingness to help others, like the way she and Gam did when they assisted her brother, a nephew and a cousin in relocating to Canada and acting as surrogate parents to them as they started new lives in Canada. This is a legacy she will be most remembered for.
A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, September 12, 2021 at Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Northern Lights Cemetery (15203 Campbell Rd NW, Edmonton).