• Tuesday, December 18, 2018
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VIOLET SETO CHANGViolet Seto Chang, a long time resident of Wahiawa, died surrounded by her family, at Queens Medical Center on July 8, 2018, at the age of 93. She was born in 1924 in Hanapepe, Kauai but grew up in Honolulu where she attended Farrington High School. During this time she would become a song leader for the "Governors," meet her future husband Henry Chang and witness the WWII attack on Pearl Harbor. Just after the war ended, Violet and Henry were married on September 8, 1945. They would have 4 children and move to Wahiawa in 1960. Violet worked for Security Diamond and Conrad Jewelers until she retired in 1974. Violet embraced living in Wahiawa at retirement. She did volunteer work for the Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store as well as many other organizations for seniors and keikis. She also worked part-time at the Army PX in Schofield. Violet and Henry joined the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and the Wahiawa Lions Club. Their active social life and community service in Wahiawa would lead to many lifelong friendships. Violet's creative life bloomed in retirement. She joined the "Rainbow Serenaders" senior music group where she would sing, play ukulele and dance hula for many community events. She made dozens of gorgeous quilts and haku leis for family and friends as well as spending countless hours in her beautiful yard and garden, tending to her flowers, plants and fruit trees. In 1984, after Henry retired and became a travel tour guide, he and Violet would spend six happy years traveling and cruising the world visiting many places, from Asia to Africa and Europe to Australia, traveling to almost every continent. In 2014 Violet and Henry moved to Craigside Retirement Residence in Nuuanu after 54 years of living in Wahiawa. Violet taught knitting classes and started a craft club for the residents. Partnering with the Queens Medical Center Volunteer Program, the craft club made knitted caps, lap blankets, pillows and other comfort items for hospital patients. Though she was sad to leave their home of many years, she embraced her new life and the community at Craigside, living fully by volunteering and giving of herself to others making many new friends in her last years. Violet was an excellent cook, loved entertaining, good food, and Mah Jong. She was a loving caring mother and wife who had a wonderful smile and personality that could light up a room. She is survived by her husband, Henry, children; LeRoy, Rodney, Jerelyn and Sherilyn, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Memorial services will be at the downtown Mililani Mortuary on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 5:30 pm. No flowers please.

Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased