Nancy Woo Liu (December 12, 1928 - February 6, 2018) died peacefully of heart failure in Mountain View surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She is survived by Irene Trapp of San Jose, Doumer Liu of Santa Clara, and Jim Liu of American Fork, Utah. Also present were the children’s spouses, Greg Trapp, Barb Liu, and Lisa Liu. Her husband, Julian Liu, passed away in 1986.
Nancy was the daughter of B. Y. Woo and Z. Y. Woo from Shanghai, China. Her father was a banker in the European part of Shanghai on the Bund. Their compound was called the Woo Villa - an opulent setting with a number of houses for the Woo families, servants and cooks. On the month long boat journey to the U.S., she was introduced to a Chinese ambassador and his wife. They arranged for her to meet their son, Julian, an engineering student from Cornell. They met in San Francisco and fell in love immediately. They married, had their first two children in New York and their third child in California. Nancy worked various jobs, but spent most of her time taking care of the home and her three children..
She took up a hobby arranging flowers. She took flower arranging lessons and participated in competitions where she won several ribbons including Best of Show at the Santa Clara County Fair. She worked for 2 local florists, and took a job as an apartment manager at the Amercana Apartments in Mountain View.
Both Nancy and Julian served as presidents for the Stanford Area Chinese Club. They sought to preserve their culture by establishing a school for teaching Mandarin to their children and exposing them to Chinese cultural events.
Nancy was a faithful member of Valley Church. In the 1960’s, the ladies from Valley had reached out to her when she suffered a hemorrhage giving birth to Jim, and that motivated her to become more involved. Desiring to follow Christ’s example, she also provided meals and cared for those who were sick. She often shared with others about her faith and love for God.
A celebration of life service will be at Valley Church of Cupertino on
March 17th at 1:00 PM.
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” Psalm 116:15