ELIZABETH CYPHER LAU
ELIZABETH CYPHER LAU Elizabeth Cypher Lau passed with peace and grace on February 1, 2015 at her home with her youngest son by her side. Predeceased by her loving husband, Henry C.F. Lau, Elizabeth is survived by her sons Gordon Lau of Honolulu, HI., Henry C.F. Lau, Jr. (Cheryl) of Waimanalo, Milton Lau (Anne) of Kaneohe, HI and daughter Harriet DeCosta (Howard deceased) of Kahaluu, HI and hanai daughter Marilyn Leimomi Khan (Asghar). Her surviving siblings also include Mahealani Cypher, Wanda Remington (Paul) and hanai brother Joseph Seipel. Elizabeth was born on September 13, 1919 and was 95 years old. She was the proud grandmother of 24 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren and 12 great great grandchildren. Elizabeth was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and attended McKinley High School where she met her husband Henry. After marrying Henry, she threw her energies on raising their children. As the children grew Elizabeth then became the first female distributor of the Honolulu Star Bulletin on the windward side and this lasted for nearly two decades. She then left Hawaii to be with Henry in Hong Kong where he was the administrator for the military post exchange. After returning to Hawaii, she became very active in the Hawaiian Civic Club movement and founded the Kualoa-Heeia Hawaiian Civic Club which eventually merged with the Ko'olaupoku Hawaiian Civic Club located in Kaneohe. She was also very active with her church (LDS Kaneohe 2nd ward and Kahalu'u Ward) and served as the first Relief Society President for several years for the ward. She later became active in several Chinese clubs and societies such as the Lau Association, Lung Kong, and the United Chinese Society. She was honored as the Model "Mother of the Year" in 2009 and was also honored in the Kuhio Day Parade and Kamehameha Day Parade in the past. She lived a long and fruitful life and traveled the world over with her husband Henry. She will always be remembered as a woman who was filled with love for her family and friends, compassion for others, and kindness and generosity for the poor and homeless. Her greatest passion was helping others and taking care of her family. She also thoroughly enjoyed organizing events and activities for the organizations she was involved with and family get togethers as well. She was the matriarch of her family and the Cypher clan. A service will be held at the LDS Kaneohe Stake Center, 46-117 Halaulani Street in Kaneohe (across the street from King Intermediate School) on Friday, February 20, 2015. Visitation from 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon. Services will be held from 12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM followed by lunch from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM. Burial will take place at 3:00 PM at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetary in Kaneohe. Aloha wear suggested. She leaves us rich in memories.
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased