Shelley Soong was an amazingly kind person, beautiful inside and out. She raised two daughters to be independent strong women and instilled her adventurous spirit in both. She came to the USA by herself at 23 years old and completed her MS degree in Math and Computer Science at Texas A&I (Texas A&M Kingsville). She received her BS degree in Psychology at Fu-Jen Catholic University in Taipei, Taiwan.
Life put our family to the test when she was diagnosed with stage IV primary peritoneal cancer in June 2015. She kept a positive outlook despite the challenges that cancer brought. Fortunately, her loving husband of 35 years could be with her every step of her cancer-fighting journey.
Shelley was always worrying about others. Prior to her sickness, she donated both her time and money to many volunteer organizations. She also knew she was the glue that held her family together. Therefore, she decided to keep the family united, even in passing. She has tasked us to establish a memorial scholarship fund that will provide monetary assistance to medical students researching gynecological cancer.
We had planned as a family to go on one last road-trip, but even in the end, she did not want her family and friends to be burdened. Sunday night before we were to check out of the hospital the next morning, she told her husband that there was no more time left. Shelley peacefully departed this world at the age of 63 on Tuesday night October 31st at 6:30. She is finally at rest, and we hold her close in our memories and hearts. Forever a generous soul, Shelley has donated her body to UT-Health medical research. Her family hopes to receive her within a year and plan to visit her bucket-list trip locations to spread her ashes.
Shelley loved discovering the world through food and travel. Our family will be hosting a celebration in honor of her life on Saturday, November 18th at our home. We will provide all of mom's favorite snacks, foods, desserts and play her favorite music.