By Goldie Chong
Interviewed by the Perth Post on her 100th birthday
On her 100th birthday, a newspaper reporter asked the secret of Louise’s longevity. She replied, “Forgive everyone and don’t be a busybody”. Indeed she lived by this motto which she learnt late in life. Several times in her early years she was cheated and rejected by close friends whom she had poured her money and energy to help. She could not stop complaining bitterly until one day she agreed to receive prayer. Amazingly after praying to release forgiveness, she was completely set free, never to mention the hurts again. Living with us in the same house for 18 years in Perth, we must have said and done many things knowingly or unknowingly which could have hurt her. I think she must have forgiven us 70 x 7 to remain genuinely peaceful, sweet and gracious.
Her maxim “don’t be a busybody” was not easy for her strong, capable, resourceful personality. Used to instructing maids, kids, relatives and friends, her non-interference policy made her easy to live with. She never complained or dictated how we should run our household, bring up our children, change our lifestyle or cook our food. She never had a cross word with me, Tek or the kids.
She had just celebrated her 102nd birthday when one day, within an hour of getting up from bed, with no illness or pain, she went peacefully and quickly to join her husband in the presence of the Lord. Although unexpected, we were prepared, for mom had given instructions about her departure long ago. She had settled her affairs, having distributed her assets and belongings and signed papers to bequeath her body to the University for Research. Since once a year, my four siblings would fly in from Hongkong, Switzerland and Canada to see her, she told them not to rush to Perth for her funeral. So in death as in life, she considered others.
Thank you mom for being such a good example for us to follow.