Obituary of Soot Yin Moy
In loving memory of Soot Yin Moy, who passed away peacefully on January 21, 2024. She was a devoted wife to Len T Moy and a loving mother to her three children. Soot was born in Canton, China and later immigrated to the United States with her husband in 1961, settling in Meriden, CT.
Soot's journey in the US was marked by hard work, drive, determination, and resilience. She worked at a family-owned restaurant in Waterbury, CT until 1966, after which she, her husband, Len, and her daughter, Fay, moved to Boston, MA. She and Len opened and operated Blue Sky Restaurant in Wellesley, MA, until 1970, when their son, Henry, was born.
In 1971, Soot began her career at Boston Bank as a bank teller, where she worked for four years. However, her true passion lay in serving others, and in 1974, she joined the coffee shop staff at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, now Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Soot dedicated 29 years of her life to the hospital, loving every minute of her demanding cafeteria cashier role. She was recognized for her outstanding service in March, 1998 when she received the esteemed Service Hero Award from the leadership committee and president of Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Colleagues described her as helpful, courteous, friendly, professional, and always in a good mood. Soot thrived in the fast-paced environment, always willing to lend a helping hand and smile to anyone, regardless of age, background, or stature.
Soot's most cherished accomplishment was her family. She raised three loving children - Fay Jean Moy, Henry Moy, and Willy Moy. She adored her four grandchildren - Kayla Moy, VyVy Moy, Malana Moy, and Jacob Moy. And as mother-in-law to Lynh and Eng, she adopted and loved her daughters-in-law as if they were her own children. Soot's love and dedication to her family was unwavering, and she always made sure to feed them and create lasting memories filled with laughter with them. Outside of work and family, Soot enjoyed various hobbies and activities. shopping, playing Mah-Jong, cooking (lots of it), and gardening.
Soot Yin Moy will be remembered as a kind, selfless, thoughtful, and compassionate woman who touched the lives of many. Her legacy of love and generosity will live on forever in the hearts of all who knew her.
Funeral arrangements for Soot will be held on January 30, 2024 at Wing Fook Funeral Home, 13 Gerard St, Boston, MA. Friends and acquaintances are invited to pay their respects and celebrate Soot's life between 9am-11:30am. Funeral and burial procession will commence after. Flowers can be purchased in memory of Soot Yin Moy by calling Wings Flowers at 617-426-2256.
May Soot find eternal peace and may her memory be a gift and blessing to all who mourn her loss.
It is with deep sorrow and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, a woman who embodied
love, generosity, and selflessness. Throughout her life, our dear mother showered us with endless affection, always
putting the needs of others before her own. For example when we were young going to buy McDonalds was a special
treat since we could not afford it on a regular basis, she would buy it for the kids but not herself.
Family was the core of our mother's existence, and she cherished the moments spent with her children Jeannie, Henry,
and Willy. Her daughter in-laws that she took in and adopted as her own daughters Lynh and Eng. Her grandchildren
Kayla, Vyvy, Malana, and Jacob. She loved all of us above all else.
What made her so special and dear to us
- Always serving others – loved to serve food to everyone at a party even if she is not the host, she could not help
herself asking people and bringing them food and drink. Making the grandkids their favorites all the time, green
onion/garlic/oil – jars of it, soy sauce chicken, juy yim pork, eggs everyday when they were kids and most
recently for Kayla every morning before school, fried shrimp, har gow, steamed eggs, chow foon, lobster sauce,
- Har Gow parties
- Not allowing anyone to pay for anything anytime – hated it and she didn’t work but we don’t know where she
got all that money from
- Always giving you money for no reason or push you to reimburse for example if we bought something for the
house for say $20 she goes here’s $100 to cover it
- You couldn’t leave her house without food, bags of food she cooked and prepared into containers especially for
Jeannie since she doesn’t cook and bags of vegetables not 1 or 2 bundles, like 6 or 7, you’re always thinking
where am I going to fit this I still have vegetables from last time….
- Was like the Mayor-ess of Chinatown, never a trip when she didn’t know someone or wasn’t stopped to chat, so
we knew it would always be a couple hours shopping in Chinatown basically a Social Butterfly
- Loved talking about prices of vegetables at every store and knew where to go for which vegetable at what store
just to save .02 cents a bundle, walk every aisle and everything went into plastic veggie bags
- Always a smile or hearty laugh, overflowing with love and happiness no matter where she was and who she met,
that’s why we loved going with her even if was to Chinatown
- Creating Goofy pictures with the kids
- Taking the kids when they were younger to Mission Park and then going to Tremont St Pizza, shopping at Stop
- Calling us to show up the at the house to attend an event to “bai” no idea what for just show up on this day by
We are blessed and happy that we were able to cherish time with her during her living years:
- Taking her on vacations with us since 2007 every year and visiting places she would never take herself
- Most memorable trip was in 2021 driving to Florida, all 10 people packed into a Conundrum van. It took us 33
hours and every time we stopped and opened the side door it was the ASIAN INVASION group coming out
- Every family dinner, events, birthdays, graduations, celebrations – but still would not let us pay
- Babysitting all the grandkids when they were young without hesitation – and over feeding all the kids with
everything under the sun
- Comedian with the grandkids, crack a joke then stick her tongue out and look away as if she hadn’t been the one
to say it. Loved watching Chinese family fued and laughed throughout the house watching it
Mom’s Fav’s and pet peeves
- Colors: Red, Pink, with black pants or vest, flower designs on her shirts or at least some kind of sparkly bling
- Always fashionable and put together even if in the hospital and wanted to make sure her hair wasn’t sticking up
- Food: Guess.. Chinese food, dim sum, lobster, crab, chicken feet, chicken wingtips, white rice, bagels, bread
- Purse and pockets always had candy, cookies or snacks for anyone especially grandkids in case they were hungry
- Mah Jong in her years prior to 2021 – She would end a call just to play because she was in the middle of a round
- Cantonese movies, You Tube
- Barkmakian Jewelers – loved gold, diamonds
- Did not like Goo Goo’s red BMW ride, it was way too bouncy and gave her a headache
- Her unfiltered comments about people, if she thought you were fat, she would laughingly tell you or if you
looked old she would say to us they look really old now
Mom (Nen Nen) we are going to miss you with all of our hearts and souls. You created a family bond that will never be
duplicated, we simply can’t imagine a day going by without you asking us if we had lunch or dinner yet, a day hearing
your happy voice no matter how you felt, a day asking about every single person in the family, a day you would talk
about who came to visit you or took you out, a day about making sure we get enough rest, a day making sure we went
to work or to school, a day if we wanted to have lunch or dinner even if we were just dropping off things, a day making
us feel loved all the time
You made it through a lot for us, broken shoulder, kidney bypass surgery, blood infection, a broken back and gave us one
precious year with you before leaving us.
We all believed you would watch Kayla and Vyvy graduate college, watch Malana and Jacob graduate high school, send
off Malana to college and ride with her since she was getting her license, attend their events and concerts, have many
more house parties and dinners with all of us, vacation with us just one more time, one last hug, one last chance for us
to say “I Love You”…
We were not ready for this, it just came too fast, you visited your brother’s house spent time with them, went shopping
for Chinese New Year’s with Henry, you looked and acted too good that day, perky as usual, laughing and talking up a
storm right up to the last minutes reminding us to get the ginger and vegetables from the house.
I’m sorry mom we couldn’t save you, we tried, we really did, getting you into the ER but it didn’t make the difference.
I’m sorry how much pain you must have endured during your last few minutes, the only solace we have is that you left
on your own terms being independent and did not suffer for days/weeks/months which we know you did not want.
We will remember you for all the memories you left us and love you gave us each and everyday
We know you have found peace joining Yeh Yeh, WE LOVE YOU!!