Thursday, August 09, 2018

Madam Lee Tuan Neo nee Mrs. Chua Choo Seng (Bukit Brown)

While checking out the tombs along Block 1, Division B (the section most accessible from Bukit Brown Wayfinder marker), a darken marble tombstone caught my attention. I took a picture and the name of the person who was buried there, Madam Lee Tuan Neo  (Mrs Chua Choo Seng) who died at the age of 72 years on 5th June 1942 was vaguely familiar. After checking, i finally recalled finding the tomb of her husband, Mr. Chua Choo Seng in Hill 4, Division A back in 2017. Unfortunately for Madam Lee Tuan Neo, the tomb shoulder which usually contains the name of the children were no longer there, thereby if this tomb was your starting point to try to match a family tree, it will be difficult to directly match their relationship.

Madam Lee Tuan Neo nee Mrs Chua Choo Seng 

Inferences made in my conclusion of relationship

1. Date of Death and Notice
Mr. Chua Choo Seng passed away at the age of 75 on 19th February 1941 and is survived by his wife, 3 sons; Chua Chwee Guan, Chua Leong Hean and Chua Chwee Lim, 2 daughters (Chua Guek Neo, Chua Chwee Neo), 1 son-in-law, Lim Siew Teng, 1 grandson-in-law, Jack Ching Koh Guan, 1 granddaughter-in-law, Mrs. Chua Bay Lee and several grandchildren and several great grandchildren. His residence was listed as No. 105 Everitt Road. The wife in short outlived Mr. Chua Choo Seng by slightly more than a year (she passed away on 5th June 1942). Madam Lee Tuan Neo was also 72 years old when she died, very close to Chua Choo Seng age of 75.

2. Design of tombs
The design of both tombs were very much the same as you can see from both pictures. The only difference is although Madam Lee Tuan Neo's tomb at Block 1, Division B, plot 22 was erected much later, its condition is far worst of compared to Mr. Chua Choo Seng's tomb in Hill 4 Division A

Mr. Chua Choo Seng 

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