Memorial and Reunions

Saturday morning June 11th was our friend Alice’s Memorial service in Whittier, California.

Her daughter Svetlana read the eulogy.

Our childhood friend Natalie is musically talented along with her husband and sons and they sang a favorite song of Alice’s, One Day at a Time Sweet Jesus. This is Natalie, her sons, and her husband is in the background on the keyboard.

We were able to take home Alice’s memoir of her escape from China. Alice’s father was Chinese and her mother was Russian.

Alice is on the left and her older sister on the right.

These are the last two paragraphs in Alice’s story of her escape and journey that eventually brought her to the United States. Her story is one of miracles traveling through China to Shanghai and then being able to sail on an American ship to the Philippines.  From there after a few years, her mother, older sister and Alice were finally able to immigrate to the U.S.A. and they landed in San Francisco in January of 1951. Alice was twelve when they arrived in San Francisco.

Five of my brothers and sisters were also at the Memorial and we took some photos together.

It was good to see so many old friends at the Memorial and to catch up on each other’s life events. It was good to great Alice’s kids, nephews, nieces and extended family and old family friends, church friends, and high school friends.

Later that evening some of us gathered at our niece’s home in Huntington Beach for a meal and more time catching up with each other.


Three of the four sisters and our friend Heidi with our youngest brother photo bombing.

A good but draining day. My time has been full here in Southern California with more get togethers to come.

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

12 thoughts on “Memorial and Reunions

  1. Alice is a remarkable family friend. Her importance to your family is proven by their presence at this time. Her story is a wonderful testimony to the goodness of The Lord. So glad that you were able to be with Alice’s family and your own.


  2. This is a wonderful tribute to your dear friend. My heart goes out to her family. The photos of you with your brothers and sisters are pure delight, even though the reason for this get-together must have been bittersweet. We are always able to find the joy in these occasions nonetheless, in the life celebration of our departed loved ones, all the memories they evoke, and getting together with others we don’t get to see that often. Thank you for sharing part of your friend’s incredible life.

  3. The gift of family and lifetime friends are one of the most valuable and precious gifts of all, aside from our relationship with The Lord. What a blessing to be able to spend time with your siblings and to honor the life of a good friend. It sounds like she lived her life well before the Lord and passed her torch of faith on to her future generations. Comfort and blessings to her family.

  4. What a wonderful blessing for you to have known such a strong and faithful friend in the Lord, Ellen! Thanks for sharing with us the beautiful life of Alice Moure. That excerpt from her memoir is such an inspiration!

  5. What a heartfelt legacy Alice has left for her family! Oh, that we and our children and children after them would not forget what God has done and seek His favor always. I love the photos with your siblings and family!

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