Lily Cheng Li Tang

Lily Cheng Li Tang, age 90 years of Maris Grove in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania passed away at Riddle Hospital, Media, PA, on December 12, 2018.

Born October 16, 1928 as Lily Cheng Li Wu in Beijing, she started life through a tumultuous period in China's history.  As a young woman and daughter of a diplomat, she survived the Sino-Japanese war, made her way (beginning 1945) to Santiago, Chile and subsequently emigrated to the United States.  She attended Mills College in Oakland, California and later married Harry Kung Hung Tang in San Francisco.  They settled in Seattle, Washington, where her husband eventually worked for Boeing.  With Harry she bore two children; besides being a homemaker, she eventually did custom dressmaking at home.  Within a few years, she and her sister Diana taught Chinese cuisine and co-authored a cookbook.  After relocating to Orlando, Florida, in 1966 where her husband worked for Martin Marietta, she continued to teach Chinese cooking classes and catered parties.  During this time in Florida, she developed interests in tennis and golf.  Later Lily and Harry moved to nearby New Smyrna Beach, where he finished his career with the NASA Space Shuttle program.  After his passing in 2010, she relocated to the Philadelphia area to be near her children and grandchildren.  At Maris Grove in Glen Mills, Pa, Lily continued to be active in cooking, exercise, billiards, knitting, sewing, learning ancient Chinese calligraphy, and family affairs.  She is best remembered by her many friends and relatives for her kind and generous nature, friendly smile and the wonderful food she brought to family and social events. 

She is survived by her son Chaucer, daughter-in-law Marypat, daughter Myra, three granddaughters Maureen, Cecilia, and Nora, one grandson Philip, and two great-grandsons Malcolm Tang and Emmanuel Syvert Tang.  She also had several nieces and nephews through her brother Charles and sister Diana (both deceased).

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Lily's memory to the Maris Grove Resident Care Fund. 

Address:   Maris Grove Resident Care Fund
   Maris Grove
   Office of Philanthropy
   200 Maris Grove Way
   Glen Mills, PA 19342


Submitted by MT on
My family and I are deeply sorry for your loss. The pain of losing a love one can be unbearable. May God strengthen and comfort your family at this most difficult time. God is near all those brokenhearted and he saves those crush spirit. We find comfort in the future promises of God. He will removed death forever and bring back our love ones who have died by means of a resurrection. Revelation 21:3,4 and Acts 24:15.