Elsie Chin Yan


Elsie Chin Yan, 85 passed away at home on Thursday, November 22, 2012. She was the wife of the late George Wong Yan.  Born in Somerville, MA. she was a daughter of the late Chin Wing Teng and Mary Chin.  Elsie was the owner and operator of  Young China Restaurant on Warren Avenue for 70 years. She was a 1944 graduate of East Providence High School and was inducted into the East Providence High School Hall of Fame in 1994.  She was the treasurer of the Class of 1944 Reunion Committee.   Mrs. Yan obtained a degree in business administration from Johnson & Wales University.  She sponsored  Little League and Youth Hockey teams.   She also served on the Board of Directors of the East Providence Credit Union, the East Providence Police and Fire Pension Board and became one of the first women selected for membership in the Turks Head Club.   She leaves one daughter, Donna W. Yan of East Providence; one son, Stephen W. Yan of East Providence; three brothers, Charles Chin of Rancho Palos Verdes, California, David Chin of Seekonk and Francis Chin of East Providence and one sister, Anna Mooncai of Framingham.  She was the sister of the late Ruth Scoggins.  Her funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 AM in the PERRY-McSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence. Burial will be in Pawtuxet Memorial Park, Warwick. Calling hours Tuesday 4-8. Contributions to the East Providence Senior Center, 610 Waterman Avenue, East Prov. RI 02914 or the Newman YMCA, 472 Taunton Avenue, Seekonk,MA 02771 would be deeply appreciated.


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