Sister Magdalene "Maggie" Yee

  • Born: May 26, 1926
  • Died: January 15, 2020
  • Location: San Diego, California

Tribute & Message From The Family


A servant of Christ in service of others.

Message From The Family

The Yee Family would like to extend our gratitude for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Sister Magdalene by adding your memories and photos.

Sister Maggie, also known as Foo Young Yee and Sister Mary Trinita, died on January 15, 2020, in San Diego, California at the age of 93. She spent the better part of her life serving Christ, caring for patients and the elderly, teaching others, and serving the poor and underserved. Foo Young was born on May 6, 1926 in Phoenix, Arizona to Fook Sing Yee, Sr. and Woo Shee Yee. She graduated from Phoenix Union High School in 1944 , and went on to earn her Associate's degree from St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing in Phoenix four years later. In 1953, after receiving her calling to religious life during a memorable sunset in Hawaii, Foo Young joined the Sisters of Mercy and took the name Sister Mary Trinita. She spent the next two decades devoting herself to the work of Christ through her nursing profession, whether at the bedside of the sick, on the street near those suffering from addiction or in the classroom as a nursing instructor. She had a deep love of learning and went on to receive a bachelor's degree in nursing from University of San Francisco and a master's degree in nursing with a clinical emphasis in psychiatric nursing from University of California, San Francisco. In 1977, she felt another calling to more deeply serve the forgotten by taking a vow of "radical" poverty to accomplish the Lord's work. She moved to Spokane, co-founded the religious order Servants of Christ, and changed her name to Sister Magdalene, where she worked closely with St. Ann's parish to serve people suffering from alcoholism, poverty, mental illness, and homelessness. In 1981, Sister Maggie relocated to Mexico where she spent the next twenty years ministering to the underserved in Tijuana, working alongside Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Peace at La Casa de Los Pobres. After Tijuana, with no thought of retiring, she lived in San Diego and then San Leandro for several decades, caring for many friends and family members in need. Sister Maggie relocated back to San Diego in 2018, where she finally retired from caring for others. She will be remembered for her deep generosity of spirit. Her gift to many of us were the delicious meals that she prepared lovingly, and the conversations had during those meals. Although she owned little, she gave her whole self in the service of others. The Yee family would like to extend their deep gratitude to the staff at St. Paul's PACE, Sharp Hospice, and Mt. Miguel Covenant Village Health Facility for providing the loving care to Sister Maggie that she, herself, offered to others her entire life.

A funeral mass at Our Mother of Confidence Catholic Church. Following the mass there will be a luncheon and memorial to honor Sister Maggie's life.
(3131 Governor Drive San Diego, CA 92122) will be held on Friday March 13th at 11:00 a.m. Repass to follow.

Sister Maggie will be interred with her parents in Section 43A at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery in Phoenix, Arizona.

Condolences cards may be mailed to Sister Maggie's last remaining sibling:
Sister Mary Grace
c/o Colette Boudreau
3641 Sebastian Court El Dorado Hills, CA 95762