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Mrs. Mui Yau Yuan, a longtime resident of Malden, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family, on Saturday, January 9, 2021. She was 98 years old.

Born in Hong Kong on June 14, 1922 to a merchant family, Mui Yau "Lydia" was the second oldest of seven siblings. She met her husband Yeh Pan "Victor" during ping pong tournaments in the late 1930's. They were married in Hong Kong in 1940 and started a family. They moved to Guangzhou for Victor's work in the mid-1940s. That timing proved to be ill-fated, as the political landscape became unsettled shortly thereafter. Over the next three decades, they were isolated from their extended families overseas, and lived a simple and at times difficult life.

In 1980, Lydia and Victor, both retired, moved to the US, paving the way for a brighter future for their children and grandchildren. Lydia finally was reunited with her mother and siblings in Hong Kong and the US after years apart. Victor and Lydia both worked for over a decade in the Boston area before finally fully retiring in the early 1990s. Lydia enjoyed gardening and cooking big family meals. She and Victor taught their grandchildren and daughter-in-law mah-jong, a game they played often after family dinners. She also enjoyed watching Chinese drama series and knitting sweaters for everyone.

Lydia and Victor celebrated 76 years of loving marriage until Victor's passing in 2016 at the age of 102. In her final years, she was well-cared for by her son YanLong's family. She is survived by her three children: YanGuang Yuan and his wife MeiHua QiYuan, YanLong Yuan and his wife YanMing ZhaoYuan, YanBing Yuan and her husband XiaoBiao Huang, all of Malden, MA. She will be missed dearly by her six grandchildren: Lillian Ngu and her late husband Tung Ngu of Melrose, MA, Andy Yuan and his wife Carmen Kwan of Forest Hills, NY, Annie Tang and her husband Samuel Tang of Medford, MA, Lisa Yuan So and her husband Michael So of Tenafly, NJ, Martin Yuan and his wife Michelle Yuan of Malden, MA, and William Yuan of Malden, MA. She was a dotting great-grandmother to Vincent and his wife Yesenia, Lydia, Annabelle, Olivia, Angelina, Stanley, Hanalei, Alba, Hilo, Max, and Zachary.

Private services with immediate family were held at Robinson Funeral Home in Melrose, followed by interment at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. The extended family will be invited to a memorial service to be held at a later time.