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Sumei Huang

December 11, 1934 - January 2, 2021

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.


黄素梅女士于2021年1月2日晨在美国弗吉尼亚州 约克城因病逝世,享年八十六岁。她1934年12月11日出生在中国河南省开封市。父亲是黄孝先,母亲是黄孙氏。黄素梅女士1958年从湖南大学土木工程专业毕业并获得学士学位之后,来到武汉生活和工作,在那里遇见了她的丈夫,同为土木工程师的陈申奇并度过了人生的大部分时光。她职业生涯的绝大部份时间都在位于武汉市的交通部第二公路勘察设计研究院工作,并于六十岁时从高级工程师的职位上退休。因为工作需要,退休后又被反聘工作多年,与同在公路二院的丈夫一起继续为单位作出贡献。黄素梅女士参加了很多公路和桥梁的设计。在她退休后反聘工作的几年里,她与丈夫陈申奇一起参与了江阴长江大桥和润扬长江大桥的监理工作,全程见证了这两座划时代的长江大桥的建设和施工。在丈夫2010年去世后,黄素梅女士移居美国,轮流在弗吉尼亚州的大女儿陈莹家和在德克萨斯州的小女儿陈烜家生活,直至逝世。黄素梅女士特别爱她的三个孙儿孙女,总是记得在节日和他们的生日时给他们红包。她酷爱户外行走,甚至在她行动严重受限的生命最后几年,仍坚持每天两次推着助行推车出门走路。黄素梅女士热爱生活,尽管晚年得了帕金森症,手脚也不灵便,仍坚持写日记,坚持力所能及的生活自理,始终保持着乐观的生活态度。


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