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MEGAN VUN WONG

Born: Mar 10, 1953

Date of Passing: Aug 27, 2022

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MEGAN VUN WONG


We are very sad to announce the peaceful passing of our Mom following a rapid decline from cancer on August 27, 2022.
She was predeceased by her husband of 26 years, Edward, as well as her brother, Ning, her parents, Yuen Wong and Guin Wong, and her uncle, George. She is survived by her three daughters, Delaney (Bhavesh), Zephyra (Tyler), and Everett (Andrew), of whom she was immensely proud. She is also survived by her beloved sister, Meven, and Meven's children, Essex and Ashton, as well as her aunty Fong and cousins, Wayne (Helen), Michael (Janine), Ian, Eric, Edward (Ping) and other cherished family and friends. She also leaves behind her first grandchild (a granddaughter), Naavya, who she affectionately called "the best baby ever".
Mom was born March 10, 1953 in Winnipeg where her family was one of only a few Chinese families in their neighborhood. Neither of her parents spoke English, so she had to learn it on her own and act as translator. As a child, she often cared for her younger siblings and, as a teenager, she worked in her uncle's restaurant. She had an incredible work ethic, earning excellent grades and obtaining a Bachelor's degree from the University of Manitoba and Master's in Fine Arts from York University. She funded her own education by working in the restaurant industry, including (what was then) the Holiday Inn Downtown where she met our Dad. Together, they built a life through hard work and determination, sending all of their daughters to St. Mary's Academy and to post-secondary education in Law, Architecture, and Medicine, respectively.
She was a stay-at-home mom and handled all the responsibilities that are attendant of that position - making lunches, sewing homemade Halloween costumes, and chauffeuring busy daughters around to school and extracurricular actives. Notwithstanding those duties, she remained an acclaimed professional artist, creating contemporary, abstract expressionist paintings which were known for their dynamism and the consistent theme of a search for spirituality. She exhibited locally and internationally, including the Winnipeg Art Gallery (group), Basel Miami, Artifact Gallery: New York, and Japan (group), and received numerous grants, awards and recognitions, including being selected for inclusion in the Centre for Canadian Contemporary Art (Concordia University) which documents the careers of some of Canada's leading professional artists.
As her daughters grew and left home, she found herself with more time for herself. This was a new freedom for her that she had not experienced before. With our dad's sudden and unexpected passing from a brain aneurysm in 2005, the newfound freedom did bring a twinge of loneliness. We are thankful that Mom had good friends like "Miss Viv", Alda, Debra, Jan L., Karen and Jan T. with whom she could share her feelings and who were always there for support and a good laugh. In addition, Mom tried many different activities to fill her time, and the one that stuck was pickleball. Pickleball seemed to spark a then-undiscovered athleticism and fuel her competitive spirit. More importantly, she met a group of new friends who enhanced her life with their warmth and positivity.
We are grateful to the doctors, nurses and health care aides at Riverview Hospital (in particular Dr. S. Butterworth, nurses Dana, Maureen, Xia, and Lindsay, and HCAs Linda, Callie and Colleen) who provided incredible care to our mother over the last couple of months. Mom often remarked how lucky she was to be there.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Megan Vun Wong Fund at the Winnipeg Foundation, Mentoring Artists for Women's Art (MAWA), or Artbeat Studio.
A Celebration of Life will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 2 at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue.


For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit www.chapellawn.ca


Chapel Lawn Funeral Home
204-885-9715

 

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 31, 2022

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Dear Megan’s Daughters, My deepest condolences on the loss of your mother. I met your mother through pickleball and then kept in touch with her through our recently formed Dinner Club. Although I didn’t know Megan well, I liked her very much and appreciated her friendliness, humour and caring. I will miss her. Sincerely, Connie Feschuk - Posted by: Connie Feschuk (Friend) on: Sep 04, 2022

  • Our deepest sympathies in the loss of Megan. We met her through pickleball and she was always so warm and welcoming. We enjoyed hearing about her life as an artist and her pride in her children. Megan added so much fun to the pickleball family and will be deeply missed. - Posted by: Bettina and George Nyman (Friends ) on: Sep 02, 2022

  • I remember Delaney’s mom at all of the many parties Delaney and Bhavesh hosted. We would always connect. She was fun, light hearted, spirited. The best type of mom, she loved her daughters immensely. We would often talk about her art and she would tell me about this different art world she loved so much. My heart breaks for this loss. Sending strength and so much love to her girls and their partners. - Posted by: Laura Thomas (Friend of daughter Delaney ) on: Sep 01, 2022

  • I remember Delaney’s mom at all of the many parties Delaney and Bhavesh hosted. We would always connect. She was fun, light hearted, spirited. The best type of mom, she loved her daughters immensely. We would often talk about her art and she would tell me about this different art world she loved so much. My heart breaks for this loss. Sending strength and so much love to her girls and their partners. - Posted by: Laura Thomas (Friend of daughter Delaney ) on: Sep 01, 2022

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