|Anita, Occum Pond, Hanover, NH, 1988|
Our dear classmate Anita Hum Wong died peacefully on June 15, 2010 in Boston, MA, after a long and spirited battle with breast cancer. Anita passed with grace and light, in the arms of her beloved husband, Lawrence. She leaves behind a 12 year-old son, Justin.
Anita inspired many. She loved working with children and began her career in Early Intervention. She was unfailingly upbeat, positive and good-humored when updating friends and family on her declining health. Thanks in large part to an amazing blog (http://www.myheromyfriend.wordpress.com) created by one of her best friends, Lori (Gontarz) Pajor, together with Facebook, Anita reconnected with many ‘88s and her posts show just how strong, resolute and calm she was in the face of her difficulties. In a Facebook note entitled “One Word,“ she wrote “Your favorite thing — babies.” “Your summer — perfect.” “Your dream/goal — living.”
Jessica Smith shared this memory: “Thinking of you, Anita, of my visit to Boston, and of our travels in China–our long, long hard-seat train rides from Beijing to Xian… Oh and of course our dorm life the summer of 1985 at BeiShiDa with Prof Pease and the rest of our crazy class. It was so long ago but I remember it so clearly. You have always been a wonderful part of my life; you are always in my mind.”
Sandy Broadus Chontos wrote: “Anita taught me a lot about faith and grace and humor, but mostly about how fleeting things are and about the important things that will last — loving and enjoying your life on Earth, taking care of your health and taking time each day to love and appreciate every day I get with my family because they are precious gifts.”
Anita will be missed and as Gail (Hobson) Rodgers put it “She was so loved, and lived life to the fullest. I said before, she was an inspiration to me, and I’m sure to many others.”
|Lunch at EBA’s. Lawrence Wong, Anita, Justin Wong.|