Sumei Huang, 86, of Yorktown, formerly of China, passed away Saturday, January 2, 2021 in Yorktown, VA.
Mrs. Huang was born on December 11, 1934 in Kaifeng City, Henan Province of China, to her father Xiaoxian Huang and mother Sunshi Huang. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Hunan University in 1958. After college, she went to Wuhan where she lived and worked for most of her life. There she met her husband, Shenqi Chen, who was also a civil engineer. She was a senior engineer at the Second Road Prospecting and Design Institute of Transportation Ministry in Wuhan until her retirement in 2000. Throughout her professional career, she participated in the design or the inspection of many roads and bridges, including the Jiangyin Yangtze River Bridge and the Runyang Yangtze River Bridge, both in Jiangsu Province. After her husband’s death in 2010, she came to the U.S. to live with the families of her two daughters in Virginia and Texas.
Mrs. Huang loved her three grandchildren, always remembering to give them “red packets” for holidays and their birthdays. She had a passion for walking outside, insisting on going out to walk with her walker twice daily even when her mobility was severely limited in the last few years of her life. She maintained a very positive perspective on life in spite of challenges from Parkinson’s disease and mobility issues, and kept writing diaries and trying her best in managing her daily activities.
Mrs. Huang was preceded in death by her husband, Shenqi Chen. She is survived by her daughter, Ying Chen and her husband Hongwei Chen, her daughter, Xuan Chen and her husband Liqun Liu, her grandchildren Alex Chen, Abigail Chen, and Yifan Liu, her sister, Jingmei Huang and her husband Baozhen Guo, her nephew Ke Guo and niece Lin Guo.