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Mrs. Phoebe W. Jung

July 02, 1911 - June 17, 2017

In Loving Memory of Phoebe W. Jung

Phoebe W. Jung passed away on June 17, 2017. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the Peace Chapel Mausoleum located at Crown Hill Cemetery (700 W. 38th St, Indianapolis, IN 46208), entombment to immediately follow.

Phoebe Woo Jung, 105, passed away peacefully on June 17, 2017, at the Robin Run Village, Indianapolis, Indiana. She was surrounded by many members of her large and loving family.

She was born on July 2nd, 1911, in Hoi Ping County, Guangdong Province, China, to Wor Jou Woo and Kim Din Kwan Woo. Her parents were early immigrants to America, running a grocery business in Arizona. Phoebe attended boarding elementary and middle school in Guangzhou, then boarding high school and St. John's College in Shanghai. She began working in Hangzhou in the office of the National Railroad Department.

It was in Hangzhou, in 1937, that she met ​Dr. ​David H. Jung, who had returned to China to teach at the Central University in Nanjing after obtaining his Ph. D. degree in chemistry from Indiana University. They became engaged and married in 1938. This was the time of Sino-Japanese War and the country was in turmoil. Phoebe and David went to Chongqing to join the war effort. Their eldest, Dicky, was born in Hong Kong. In Chongqing their second and third born, Becky and Corky, arrived. ​In Guangzhou​​, t​heir fourth and fifth born, Vicky and Jacky, arrived.

​After the founding of the People's Republic of China, David and Phoebe chose to move from Hong Kong to Guangzhou to serve the new China. In late 50s, it became apparent that the family faced a bleak future in Red China. So Phoebe laid the plans for the family to ultimately go to America. It took two years and great sacrifice, the family settled in Indianapolis in 1962, as David accepted a position with Indiana University School of Medicine and they became members of St. John’s United Church of Christ.

Phoebe was preceded in death by her beloved parents, her beloved husband David, and her beloved son Jacky. She is survived by her children Dicky (Mabel), Becky Yao, Corky (Dawn), and Vicky (Benny) Ko; her grandchildren Felix (Liz) Jung, Stacey Jung (Shane) Hutte, Jenny Yao (Daniel) Harrison, Mary Yao, Courtney Jung (Andrew) Orton, Jordan Jung, Haley Jung, Andrew Ko, Ellen Ko (David Sachs), David Jung, and Allison Jung; and her great-grandchildren Jasmine Hutte, Jahnu Hutte, Andrew Harrison and Mia Harrison.

Phoebe's family wishes to thank the staff at the Robin Run Healthcare Center for their loving care to Phoebe.


Mrs.  Phoebe  W.  Jung

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