Barbara “Set Ying” Fong Mah

Barbara “Set Ying” Fong Mah

September 19, 1925 to January 13, 2020


Barbara “Set Ying” Fong Mah, born on September 19, 1925, passed peacefully in her sleep early morning January 13, 2020 in Brawley, CA.  Born in southern China, she immigrated to the United States in 1947 after marrying an U.S. Army Air Corp. veteran and later had two sons. After his death, Barbara owned and operated the New Park Market in El Centro, CA.

Starting a new chapter in her life, she remarried and worked with her new husband as owners of the China Grove Restaurant in El Centro, then moving on to Waves Restaurant & Saloon in Brawley, CA.  With this husband, she gave birth to two more sons.

Preceding her death were father Ngoa Chi Wong, mother Kam Siu Wong (Seto), first husband Alvin C. Fong, second husband Robert K. Mah, brother Paul Wong and son Nicholas K. Mah. She is survived by her sons Fred A. Fong of Brawley, Alcuin D. Fong of Connecticut, Nelson K. Mah (Connie Chan) of San Dimas, CA, granddaughter Sabrina N. Mah and grandson Dean R. Mah; her brother Wong Yet Chun in Hong Kong, sisters Brenda (Johnny) Chan, Flora (Ron) Yee, all of San Francisco; daughter-in-law Victoria Nguyen and many nephews and nieces.

Barbara is interred at Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro, CA.  Diana R. Cervantes is commended for her six plus years of caregiving service.  A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.  Contributions should be made to individual’s charity of choice.

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