ShuHua Cao (曹蜀华) of Chengdu, China passed away on January 15th, 2019. She was 75 years old.
Born on July 29, 1943 in Chengdu, China (中国四川省成都市), ShuHua was the fifth-born child to her mother, QiongYao Ma (马琼瑶) and her father, ZengYun Cao (曹增云). She was the eldest of the two surviving children.
After her father tragically passed away in the late 1940s, her mom took her and her younger brother DaRen (曹达仁) to rural Chengdu. In XiPu town of PiXian county (郫县犀浦镇), poverty hit the family hard. QiongYao passed away, leaving the two children without parents. The orphans were taken in by the government. ShuHua went to PiXian No. 4th Middle School, and graduated with a diploma. The principal of the school introduced her to XingFa Feng (冯兴发), a previous student of his from WenJiang Middle School, and lecturer and former graduate of Sichuan University. He lived in the nearby capital city of Chengdu, where she was born. ShuHua and XingFa got married in January of 1965. In the chaos of the Cultural Revolution, ShuHua and XingFa gave birth to their Son, Jian in 1967 and their Daughter, Jun in 1972.
ShuHua became a kindergarten teacher in the 80s and 90s while at the same time XingFa went on to become a professor at Sichuan University. They provided opportunities to their children that they themselves did not have, both of their children Jian (冯建) and Jun (冯俊) went on to graduate college and separately pursue their futures in the United States of America. ShuHua and XingFa began to enjoy retirement in the early 90s.
After spending almost all of her life in China, in the fall of 2016, she and her husband left behind their home in Sichuan and flew to Boston, MA to be reunited with her children and grandchildren. Her daughter lives in Malden, MA and her son lives in Coventry, RI and it was between those two towns that she happily spent her final years among her children and their families.
In December of 2016 and January of 2017 she suffered two serious strokes. She spent weeks at Kent Hospital and Tufts Medical Center. Against all odds, she recovered through persevering strength and determination. She went on to live two healthy years with her family before passing away from a heart attack on January 15th.
ShuHua is survived by her husband of 53 years, XingFa Feng; her younger brother, DaRen; her two children, Jian and Jun Feng; and her two grandchildren, Yining Mao (毛祎凝) and Yunji Fengshi (冯石蕴吉).
ShuHua had a lifelong commitment to learning and teaching. She was a motherly and caring figure to children whether they were her own grandchildren, or her students. One of ShuHua’s passions was being physically active. Even in her final days, she enjoyed taking lengthy walks daily with her husband, whether it was through the courtyards of Sichuan University or the frigid winters of New England.
She was adored and will be greatly missed by many.
Her funeral service is held at Swan Point Cemetery and will be private.