Jieh Ting Chang
Jieh Ting Chang
  • October 15, 1934 - March 24, 2017
  • Greensboro, North Carolina

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Jieh Ting Chan, 83, died on March 24, 2017 at her home. She was known to her family as Ah-ma (grandmother in Chinese.)

Ah-ma was born in China on October 15, 1934 and immigrated to Cambodia with her aunt when she was 15 years old. She was married at the age of 18 and had 12 children. She survived the Khmer Rouge Regime (1975-1979; which claimed the lives of up to two million people), but lost her husband and four children. Her daughter, Marie Peng, was able to escape the war-torn country to the United States. As a successful business owner, Marie was able to bring her entire family of more than twenty people to North Carolina in 1991. In 1997, Ah-ma got the opportunity to travel to China and reunited with her family after 48 years of lost contact.

In between that time and now, Ah-ma helped care for many of her grandchildren. She was able to travel back to Cambodia many times where she was able to carry out charitable deeds. She also traveled to other vacation destinations throughout the years. When her health declined, she mostly stayed home but her children made it a priority to spend a lot of time with her.

Ah-ma was a woman of tremendous strength and will. She raised twelve children with very little money and resources.

She worked very hard to make ends meet, mostly selling various foods and eventually owned a shop at the marketplace. Ah-ma also helped raise most of her

grandchildren and they all have their own stories of her. One would think that with so many children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren that her love would be spread thin, but she deeply loved and cared about everyone. To the grandchildren, she was loving and kind but she was tough as well. One example is you must greet her with "Ah-Ma" (Chinese teaching), and then she would offer you food to eat.

Ah-ma loved to cook. Whenever she made food she would make sure there was more than enough for everyone. Her pots were always twice too big. She would sit with a look of contentment as she watched you eat and enjoy each other's company. She was a busy-body, always doing something, making sure that she helped in any way possible so that she could relieve others from working too hard.

Her selflessness, generosity, strength, and love will be always be remembered and carried on through her family. Her efforts were so integral and impactful to the livelihood of our family. What she has given us can never be repaid but we will keep her in our hearts forever.

Jieh is survived by; one sister, (age 89); and 1 brother (age 81); five sons; three daughters; nineteen grand-children; and twelve great-grandchildren.