Betty Fong, 89 passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 16, 2023 in Sacramento, California, with family by her side.
Betty was born in Sacramento, California, to Carl Chan and Rose Luke Chan. Her parents were immigrants from the village of Cuiheng in the county of Zhongsan and province of Guangdong, China. They came to America and settled in Sacramento with hopes and dreams for a better life and to start a family. She along with many of her siblings worked in the family grocery store, Royal Market, growing up into adulthood. Betty attended Lincoln Elementary and Junior High School and graduated from Sacramento High School in 1953. She also attended Chinese school, which she attended every day after traditional school.
Betty earned her Associate of Arts degree in interior design and photography from Sacramento City College and worked as the executive secretary for the president of IBM. She later worked at Crossroad Travel and Caravan Travel Agencies as a travel representative. Betty loved traveling so much that she decided to open her own travel agency, “Betty Fong Travel.” After 35 years as a owner/travel agent, Betty decided to retire, but continue to travel with her friends and family.
Betty was avid bowler with the Sacramento Chinese Bowling league and loved the Sacramento Kings. Her passion was traveling all over the world, especially to China and Hawaii and used her photography skills on all her trips. Betty also enjoyed trying new restruarants and fine dining.
Betty met the love of her life, Allen Fong and was married on June 1, 1958. Together they had two sons, Todd (Anna) and Glenn (Suzanne). Betty was very involved in her sons’ sports, being a team mom, working in the snack shacks and attending all their games. She was also involved with their school fundraises, organizing carnivals and bazaars, room mom and throwing the most creative birthday parties.
Beyond her love of traveling and dining out with friends and family, she was a loving grandmother to Taylor, Tristan, Kylie and Amanda. She was so proud of all her grandchildren and was so happy to be able to see all of them graduate from college.
Betty is survived by her siblings, sister Sharon Chan and brother Steve (Janis) Chan, numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by devoted husband, Allen of 45 years, sisters, Carol Jow and Florence (Roger) Fong, and brothers Carlson and Dennis Chan.
Betty will be deeply missed but always be remembered as never settling but always living life to the fullest.Donations in Betty’s memory may be made to:My Sister’s House, Chinese Community Church