Alice Liu

Alice Ting Liu

Saturday, July 28th, 1934 - Tuesday, August 11th, 2020
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Alice Liu, 86, passed away peacefully on August 11, 2020. She was born July 28, 1934 in a small village near Shanghai, China. She was an unexpected gift to her 50 year-old mother, who thought she had entered menopause. As the only daughter, with three older brothers, she was very loved and cherished by her parents. She embodied her Chinese name, Yong En, which means Forever Grace, by playing the piano and singing hymns in a beautiful soprano voice.

Alice tragically lost her parents and became an orphan at the age of 13. But even though she never reaped the full benefits of having parents past those few treasured years, she ended up being the most amazing mother one could ever have.
She graduated in the 1st class of nursing school at the Taiwan Adventist Hospital, and completed her bachelor’s degree in nursing at the Adventist University of the Philippines. By this route, she eventually made her way to Manhattan where she met and fell in love with her husband, William Liu, a handsome immigrant from China.

After her son and daughter were born, she moved the family out of their New York City apartment into a house two hours north, so her children could be raised on three acres in the scenic suburbs of New York’s Dutchess County. To pay for their home, she worked 16 hours a day in Manhattan, 5 days a week, holding down two jobs, one as the nursing director of a healthcare facility and the other as a charge nurse in a hospital. She often slept in the operating room before or after her hospital shift, and only traveled up on the weekends to see her family.

A car accident during her weekly commute to Manhattan resulted in a badly sprained ankle that left her unable to work for a couple of months. Necessity, and a big and compassionate heart, led to opening up her home to care for elderly residents. She started with a 4-bed adult home and a decade later opened up Valley Vista Assisted Living, an 89-bed facility in Ulster County, New York, where she worked for over 25 years before retiring at the age of 75.

Her big heart also extended to dogs, several of which she inherited from her children—as parents often do—and two large cages of cockatiels, beginning with two birds and ending with over twenty.
Alice and her husband set up a charitable foundation that helped establish a church in China, and supports a Christian college that has sent missionary workers around the world.

Her forever grace lives on in the memory of her son Nathaniel Liu, daughter Sun-Ling Chen, and six grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband William.

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    Eternal Hills Memorial Park
    1999 El Camino Real
    OCEANSIDE, CA 92054
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    A burial is scheduled for Friday, August 14, 2020 at 10 o'clock in the morning. This is for immediate family only.

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Chao-yun Ting and Ding Shing Shih

Posted at 04:13pm
"The steadfast love of the Lord never cease, His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." Lamentations

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Ling Tai Ting & Family

Posted at 12:09am
"Alice Liu" will remain in our hearts forever.

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Posted at 05:05pm

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George Ting

Posted at 03:47pm
The Obituary has nicely detailed the story of Aunt Alice in her life in United State. Like all the first-generation immigrant to this country, she has to tried very hard and worked very hard to make the success story.

Here I would like to fill in the part of her early life before coming to this country.

By the ranking of family tree, Alice is my aunt. By age, we are only 4 years apart. And she is 20 years younger than our parents. In childhood, we grew up together during the Sino-Japanese war in the province of Sichuan. So, she is like a big sister to me.

To support the big family, my parents had to work in the city of Chongqing, the war capital of China at that time. Chongqing was constantly bombed by the Japanese planes. For safety, me and my sister stayed with our grandparents and Alice at country side, moving from place to place. For that reason, we spent most of our time playing instead of studying in a class room. Alice was always the leader to take us to the play groups. And I learned a lot of girlie stuff there. Whenever there was opportunity of going to school, I can remember Alice was always a shining star there by showing her talents in singing and dancing.

After the war, all of us moved to Shanghai. My father established a very successful career there. But the civil war has destroyed everything. Both of our grandparents died at that time. Due to age difference, my parents and our uncle took the role of the patriarch of the family. Alice was like a daughter to them. Thus, in real life, she was not an orphan but was still well taken care of with us.

Before the Communists took over mainland China, we moved to Hong Kong for about 4 years. That was a very difficult time of our life. But somehow, we managed to pull through and continued our education. Then, we moved to Taiwan for about ten years. Alice finished her high school and School of Nursing there. From there, she became fully independent and moved on to a successful life of herself.

We are going to miss her until we meet again.

George Ting


Chin-Lee Chan

Posted at 09:36am
With loving memories of Mrs. Liu, "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on. They may rest from their labors, & their works follow them."
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