Thelma (Chinn) Jue

February 18, 1928 ~ September 10, 2021 (age 93)


THELMA JUE 02/18/1928 – 09/10/2021

Surrounded with love from her family, Thelma Jue peacefully passed away at home in Aptos on September 10, 2021.

Born Thelma Chinn in Watsonville to Chinese immigrants who owned and operated a successful market on Bridge Street (now Riverside Drive). Not to be overshadowed by her 3 older brothers, Thelma graduated valedictorian of her Watsonville High class. While attending UC Berkeley, she met her life-long mate, Ton F. Jue. After marrying in 1952, they moved to Watsonville, living above her parent’s market while Ton established his optometry practices in Watsonville and Capitola. In 1957 they moved to Capitola where they lived until moving to Aptos in 1979.

As a devoted mother to her 5 children, Thelma was actively involved with their elementary schools in Soquel and Capitola, baking for fundraisers, volunteering her time, and joining the PTA for which she served terms as president and treasurer. Thelma and Ton were advocates for education and instilled that in their children, along with a love for music, the arts, and sports.  Their dedication to education extended beyond their children as they were ardent supporters of Cabrillo College and UCSC, with Thelma being an original board member and officer of the UCSC Friends of the Library.

While managing her busy household, raising 5 diverse children, volunteering, and always steadfastly assisting Ton with successful business ventures, Thelma always found time to read, do puzzles, and attend Cabrillo College musicals.

Thelma enjoyed travel as it offered continued learning and adventure. One memorable family trip was a 1973 European self-driving tour which required 2 separate sedans for the family (no minivans then). Having just learned to drive a few years earlier, Thelma now had to learn how to operate a clutch just a few weeks before the trip. As the spirited person she was, she managed driving stick shift through crowded, narrow streets and on speedy autobahns; all along trying to follow Ton carrying the other half of the family. It was quite a feat! 

As empty nesters, she and Ton continued to travel throughout the USA, Canada, China, Europe, and Russia. She also learned to play golf and took classes in arts and crafts, Mandarin, journal writing and fitness, the latter leading her to join a senior dance troupe called the Funtastics, which performed at senior centers, nursing homes, and other community events.

Still in her prime in her 90's, Thelma was full of energy, humor and kindness and continued to read and do crossword puzzles every day while battling lymphoma the past 18 months. She was the best mother, grandmother, wife, and friend.

Her husband Ton preceded her in death in May 2021. She is survived by her 5 children, Sally Jue (Vin D’Onofrio), Carol Jue (Ted Brown), Marcia Jue-Pelio (Tom Pelio), Bill Jue (Leslie Katsura), Gloria Jue (Bill Sans) and grandchildren Kelena, Parker and Malia Jue;Emma and Aaron Jue-Sans; nieces, nephews, and her last living brother Dr. Jimmy Chinn.

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