My Third Aunt Pearl Tiong Chuo Sieng is still pretty even though she has reached her 90th birthday. With even a fourth generation to her honour and so many grandchildren she has had a full life in Sibu.
In Mrs. Hoover's Yuk Ying Girls' School in Sibu she gathered knowledge and good experience. She has talked about her student days and the efficiency of Mrs. Hoover as a teacher and mentor.
She was reluctant to get married but with the war looming up and with parental blessings she married into a good family. Her education has adequately prepared her for family life.
1. Ling Nyuk Lang
2. Wong Pick Kiu
3. Yek Pick Huong
4. Tiong Teck Ming
5. Lau Su Ting
6. Wong Leh Ming
7. Wong Sui Ing
8. Ling Soon Hua
9. Ting Ping Yu
10. Tiong Chuo Sieng (Pearl)(Third seated from left)Mrs. Lau Pang Kwong
11. Kiu Poh Nguk
12. Ting Nguk Kiew
13. Lau Mee Hieng
14. Lau Hung Chong
15. Ling Nguk Hiong
16. Wong Leh Ming
According to my Third Aunt even though the Reverend James Hoover passed away in 1935 in the subsequent years until the Second World War broke out Mrs. Mary Hoover carried on teaching undeterred . She continued to manage a good school for the Sibu community. With a big heart she continued to seek out girls to be educated. She was adamant that their education would help "release" them from the captivity of a poor marriage. And indeed the ladies from the school were later committed to their marriages and brought about good families.
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