In Memory of




Obituary for Lili Xu Wang

Lili Xu Wang, wife, mother, and pet grandmother, fought courageously against cancer for four years. She passed away in her home surrounded by loving family, with her son and daughter holding her hands.

Lili was brave and selfless. At 29, she packed her life in Beijing into a single suitcase and moved an ocean away from most of her family and friends to a country where she didn’t speak the language. She time and time again put her family’s needs over her own because that’s the kind of person she was.

Lili’s love extended beyond her kin - she was generous to those less fortunate. Once on the T in Boston, someone asked Lili for money for food - Lili gave him $100, which was all the cash in her wallet. She was also kind and gentle with animals. When Mozzie and Luna (her dog and son’s cat) came into her home, Lili took her grandmother responsibilities seriously and spoiled her grand(pets) with ample squeaky toys and savory treats.

In 2014, at age 52, she attended MassBay Community College to study early childhood education along with classmates in 20s or 30s. She spent countless hours on homework and overcame language obstacles and other challenges. One day, she finished homework at 3am and got up to prepare breakfast at 7am and then drove to school for morning classes. She sincerely cherished the opportunity to learn and enjoyed it very much. In May 2017, she graduated with academic excellence. Her family is proud of her courage, determination, and excellence.

Lili also loved travel, and especially loved Paris where she visited her daughter in 2022. Two of her favorite memories revolved around good food: Le Potager de Charlotte for French vegan food, and Shang Palace for fried eggplant. In addition, Lili and Jeff have visited Punta Cana Dominican Republic, Cancun Mexico, Stockholm Sweden, Rome Italy, Amsterdam Holland, London England and Edinburgh Scotland, Athens, Mykonos and Santorini Greece, Berlin Germany, Barcelona, Madrid and Toledo Spain, Vancouver Canada, Beijing, Shanghai and Jiuzhaigou China.

Her husband Jeff, daughter Suzy, son George, son-in-law Reed, and grandpets Mozzie and Luna will miss Lili dearly.

A funeral service will be held at the Burke & Blackington Funeral Home, West Newton on Saturday, March 30, 2024 at 11AM followed by interment in Newton Cemetery. An hour of visitation will be held immediately prior to the service from 10-11AM in the funeral home.

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