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Nancy Ku I Ying

October 3, 1933 – May 25, 2024

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Obituary for Nancy Ku I Ying Jiang

Nancy I-Ying Jiang was born in Weihai in the Shandong province of China. She was the second youngest of 7 siblings, 3 brothers and 4 sisters in total. Because of her family’s poverty, Nancy didn’t have the chance to go to school for a formal education. Instead, she helped relatives and worked small jobs like grinding corn.

When the Communists took over Weihai, Nancy and her family moved to Shanghai where her older brother was already living and working. When she was 13 years old, Nancy and her family moved to Hong Kong. She worked in a wire factory for 7 years, starting from when she was 18. In these younger years, she enjoyed cooking with her sisters, dancing, and swimming in her free time.

While in Hong Kong, Nancy became interested in learning English. She signed up for night classes, where she met her future husband Walter. When Nancy was 24 years old, she and Walter got married in Hong Kong and later had 4 children: Anna, David, Shane, and Stephen. When Walter went to attend graduate school in the United States, Nancy was left to take care of their 4 children.

After Walter finished graduate school, he was able to move Nancy and their 4 children to the US. Their first destination was Modesto, CA. Once there, Nancy gave birth to two more daughters, Jeanette and Cecilia.

After a couple of years in Modesto, the family moved to Stockton, CA. When the children were older, Nancy and other relatives took jobs in Stockton’s cannery industry, at both Tilly Lewis and Del Monte. She worked various positions, but enjoyed most being the foreman of a clean-up crew, where she was able to choose a team of friends to clean off the machinery at the end of each day. She worked for over 10 years in the canneries.

Walter and Nancy finally moved to Alameda in their retirement years to be around many of the grandchildren close by. Nancy was Paw-Paw to 13 grandchildren. We will remember Nancy for the confidence she instilled in her children, and the steadfast strength and support she provided to her family.

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Service Information

Sunday, June 9th, 2024 10:00am
Colonial Rose Chapel
520 N. Sutter St.
Stockton, CA 95202

Interment Information

Sunday, June 9th, 2024 12:30pm
Stockton Chinese Cemetery
202 W Mathews Rd.
French Camp, Ca. 95231

Reception Information

Sunday, June 9th, 2024 1:30pm
Reception Extra Info
Please join the family for a reception at China Palace 5052 West Ln Ste 4L, Stockton, CA 95210
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