quiet close to a generation

My great-aunt Margaret Lee Loke passed away on Monday Nov 28. We drove up to Bakersfield on Saturday for the memorial service. Auntie Marge was the best. She was always laughing and joking around. She was the youngest of her generation and exuded an eternal youthful joy. I’ll miss her smile and her sly laugh. I joined my cousins as a pallbearer during the ceremony.

My cousin Sharilynn posted it best on Facebook…

Our great auntie Marge passed away this week…it’s sad in so many ways…she was the last sibling of my grandmothers siblings…we will will miss your laughter, joking around, sass and above all ❤️ for the mighty Lee family❤️…Gen 3 chapter quietly comes to an end😢

Auntie Marge was my Grandmother Rose’s youngest sister. Marge was the last of her generation. We call it Generation 3 (third generation of The Lee Family in the US). My Dad is Gen 4; I’m Gen 5; my kids Gen 6.

Gen 3 lived in an amazing time. They had been young adults in the best of times 1920-1930s. They fought and lived through WWII. They raised their families in the baby boom. They saw space ships, computer, and internet born. They enjoyed their golden years in prosperity with their kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids. They leave a legacy of love and a unique peak into the Chinese-American Experience.

Cool photo of Marge when she was going out for a fun night of dancing, likely taken in her 20s.

Official Obituary:

Margaret Loke was born July 9, 1922, in Bakersfield where she resided all her life. She passed away November 28, 2016, and was the last surviving child of nine children born to Frank and Chan Shee Lee. After graduating from Kern County Union High School in 1940, she attended cosmetology school and worked in the beauty profession for 30 years. In 1970 Margaret and her husband Griffith (Bingo) became the owners of Bingo’s Vest Pocket Market which they operated until retiring in 1984. Margaret was married to Griffith W. Loke from January 22, 1949, until his death July 22, 1997.
Margaret was known for her love for her family, the time she devoted to her grandchildren, and the special fondness she felt for her numerous nieces and nephews. She loved playing slots in Las Vegas and at Eagle Mountain, and the slots usually loved her back.
Margaret is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Louie and her husband Charles Louie; son, Craig Loke and his wife Mary Bradford-Loke; granddaughter, Christine Connolly, her husband Patrick T. Connolly and their son Patrick M. Connolly; grandson, Jakob Bradford Loke; grandson, Chad Louie, his wife Sarah Louie, and their son Ethan Louie.
Margaret’s family would like to extend a warm thank you to Optimal Hospice, especially Madelyn, Harpreet, Randy, Leticia, Pat and Carolyn for the care and comfort given the past 18 months. They also deeply appreciate caregivers Christina and Rosie, and very special caregiver, son-in-law, Charles Louie.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Optimal Hospice Foundation,1315 Boughton Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93308 or a charity of your choice .
Visitation is scheduled from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Doughty-Calhoun-O’Meara on Friday, December 2, 2016. Funeral service will be held Saturday, December 3rd at 10:30 a.m. at Doughty-Calhoun-O’Meara Chapel, 1100 Truxtun Avenue.
Doughty-Calhoun-O’meara Funeral Directors

Published in Bakersfield Californian on Dec. 1, 2016

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