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St Joseph’s Secondary School Alumni Mourn The Loss Of Former Student Who Died Of COVID-19

The St Joseph’s Secondary School community is mourning the death of fellow alumnus Elizabeth Mar (nee Fong) who has succumbed to the deadly Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Liz as she was
15 Apr 2020 12:48
St Joseph’s Secondary School Alumni Mourn The Loss Of Former Student Who Died Of COVID-19
The Late Elizabeth Mar (nee Fong)

The St Joseph’s Secondary School community is mourning the death of fellow alumnus Elizabeth Mar (nee Fong) who has succumbed to the deadly Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Liz as she was fondly known, started displaying symptoms of the virus on March 8 and was hospitalized on the 10th at the UW Medical Center – Northwest in Seattle.

The 72-year-old former Fijian citizen passed away in the early hours of March 25th after battling the virus for nearly two weeks.

Her husband, 78-year-old Robert Mar, also succumbed to the virus two days after Liz’s passing.

The couple who died at the same hospital are survived by their three children and seven grandchildren.

Close friend Lydia Ng described her death as “a senseless and tragic loss due to a silent invisible terrorist.”

Liz attended St. Joseph’s School from 1963 to 1967 before immigrating to Portland, Oregon where she continued her education at Cleveland High School and went on to graduate from the University of Portland.

“For all who knew our alumnae from St. Joseph Secondary School, she will be missed dearly. We will always cherish the sweet memories we shared,” Ms Ng said.

“Liz has left a legacy and a role model, for her family and friends worldwide, and to all aspiring pupils from the friendly Fiji Islands, her success shows that anyone from Fiji, demonstrate that dreams are attainable.”

The Late Elizabeth Mar (nee Fong)

The Late Elizabeth Mar (nee Fong)

Liz and her only daughter along with her son-in-law opened a Hawaiian restaurant in 2002 called Kona Kitchen where she worked full time until she started showing symptoms of the virus.

Son-in-law Yuji Okumoto posted on the Kona Kitchen Facebook page that for those who knew her, “Liz was always a great source of Aloha.”

“She shall be fondly remembered as the best grandma, fun-loving friend, devoted spouse, generous benefactor, first-rate source of amusing gossip and mother extraordinaire. We shall forever miss her cheerfulness, wonderful sense of humour and kind heart.”

“Angie and I will try our best to honour the legacy of Liz at Kona Kitchen. Mahalo for all of the kind thoughts, prayers and support during these difficult times.”

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