Yung (Caur) Nelson

January 8, 1939 ~ January 4, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old

Yung Nelson Obituary

YUNG AE NELSON, Nee: Park, died at Pioneer Memorial Hospital at the age at death 84. The age is not exact since the Korean custom of adding a year prior to birth for the gestation period, also birthdays can be based upon the Korean calendar which is about 6 months offset from the dates of our calendar, or the American date of December 8, 1939 as used on her passports, both Korean to enter the United States as well as later USA passports.

Internment at Lexington Cemetery was held on January 7, 2023 as per her wishes.

Her father was Nug Caur Park a former ambassador to Russia and her mother Chi Loo Lin. Predeceased relatives include parents, grandparents and some siblings. She is survived by her spouse and unknown number of relations in Korea. Her family was rather wealthy as evidenced by the family situation where her father had five wives, each in their separate house, away from their husband. A list of partial places of residence are Sun-Nam South Korea, Yongsan-gee Seoul South Korea, Portland, Oregon, Vancouver Washington, Canyonville Oregon, Heppner, Oregon, Lexington, Oregon.

She married Orman James Nelson in Korea in 1963, and was not able to follow Jim directly to the United States until her arrival on April 4, 1965 at Seattle Washington. She worked hard on studies and was proud to become a dedicated naturalized citizen of the United States with her ceremony taking place on June 20, 1972 at Vancouver, Washington.

She was a card-carrying member of the Inland Boatmen’s Union of the Pacific of Puget Sound serving around the Puget Sound area as well as work and travels up the inland passage to Alaska on various Tugs and later carried a card as a deckhand on Tidewater tugs working as deckhand and a cook on travels from Portland up the Columbia River. Later she worked in the restaurant industry and managed and cooked at a large restaurant in Canyonville, Oregon before she opened her own Chinese/Korean restaurant in Canyonville, Oregon prior to her retirement.

Her religious affiliation is Christian, and she participated in churches wherever she lived. Yung was a member of Holly Rebekah Lodge No. 139 in Lexington.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holly Rebekah Lodge No. 139, c/o Marlene Gray, 65308 Rhea Creek Road, Ione, OR 97843 or to Pioneer Memorial Hospital, PO Box 9, Heppner, OR 97836, for the good end care that was provided.

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