DOROTHY JANE "SNOOKS" CHU LUM
DOROTHY JANE SNOOKS CHU LUM Dorothy Jane "Snooks" Chu Lum of Honolulu passed away at the age of 85 on December 26, 2014. Dorothy was born on September 22, 1929 to William Chin Chu and Amy Lau Chu. She graduated from Punahou School, attended the University of Hawaii, where she was a member of the Yang Chung Hui Sorority, and earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley. She married Clifford "Sugar" Lum, and was a working mother for 30 years, teaching at Waianae Elementary, Aina Haina Elementary, and Lincoln Elementary. A true educator, Dorothy brought out the best in each of her students, many of whom remember her fondly as a favorite teacher. She was a charter member of the Beta Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international women educators' sorority. Aunty Snooks, as she was affectionately known, touched many lives, forging close and special relationships with relatives of all generations, and friends from all walks of life. With her open and kind heart, she gave friends and family unconditional love and acceptance, and provided a haven of comfort and warmth to them all. Her door was always open, and there was a constant stream of visitors to her home in Kaimuki. Dorothy's keen intelligence, quick wit, and gentle sarcasm, along with her musical talent, made her the resident writer, director, and producer for assorted weddings, luaus, birthdays, and retirement parties. She was often called upon to compose a special poem, set it to music, and accompany the performance on the piano, which she played by ear. She was an active member of the Community Church of Honolulu, and for many years corralled all of the Church young people to sing and dance at its annual luau. Whether she was teaching children to play the ukulele, having a happy hour glass of scotch with friends, lunching with the ladies, singing old-time Hawaiian songs, oama fishing at Ka'a'a'wa, voraciously reading mysteries, crocheting beanies and yarn lei, or solving crossword puzzles, Dorothy found joy in everything she did. She lived with gusto, and was blessed by the love that surrounded her. Dorothy is survived by her sons Willie (Wanda), Doug, and Jon (Janice), daughter Tina (Richard Helfer), sister Mrs. Betty (Robert) Wo, and three grandchildren, Riana, Jonathan "Bou", and Clifford "Vory" Lum. A celebration of Dorothy's life will be held on Wednesday, January 14, at Diamond Head Memorial Park, with visitation from 9:30 a.m. and services at 11:30 a.m.
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased