Betty Ching Wo

Posted On February 19th, 2017 -

Betty Ching Wo of Honolulu passed away at the age of 91 on February 1, 2017. Betty was born on December 27, 1925 to William Chin Chu and Amy Lau Chu. She graduated from Punahou School, and attended Mills College where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in social science and recently was awarded a PhD, Doctor of Humane Letters.

In 1946, Betty married her high school sweetheart Robert Wo, and they recently celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary. Theirs was a true love story, spanning decades, and producing a close and loving family. Her philosophy of respect, appreciation, and kindness to all was an inspiration to her sons, grandchildren, and extended family. She was the gracious hostess of countless gatherings and celebrations, both at the family home in Kaimuki and at the C. S. Wo & Sons store in Honolulu. Much recognized for her compassion, generosity, warmth, and charm, she was blessed by the love that surrounded her.

Betty enjoyed her roles as a devoted wife, full-time mother, popo, auntie, confidante, best friend to many, and avid community volunteer. She served on the Mills College Board of Trustees for ten years and as Hawaii Mills Club President for decades. Betty was also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Honolulu Museum of Art for 31 years, and was an active participant in the Garden Club, investment clubs, golf clubs, and many mahjong circles.

Betty is survived by her husband Robert, sons Bub (Polly), Wendell, Michael (Cynthia), Bennett (Susan), Scott (Nancy), and twelve grandchildren, Kristen (Andrew) Beck, Jamie, Kimberly, John, Kellie, Kelsey, Mark, Bradley, Scotty, Betsy, Ally, and Ashley.


A celebration of Betty’s life will be held on
Sunday, February 26
Punahou School Thurston Chapel
Visitation from 1 pm
Services at 4 pm

The family requests no flowers.
In lieu of gifts, please consider making a contribution to the Honolulu Museum of Art,
Punahou School, UH Foundation – Culinary Institute of the Pacific, or Mills College.


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