Pura Chen

Obituary of Pura Chen

A loving Mother and Grandmother, Registered Nurse, passionate gardener and devout Catholic, Pura Chen passed away Tuesday, June 8th. She was born on June 16th, 1923 and grew up in Alaminos Pangasinan, the Philippines. Pura emigrated to the United States in 1952 and pursued postgraduate nursing studies at Columbia University. It was there that she met her future husband Anthony Chen, who became a renowned children's book illustrator. Pura worked as a Registered Nurse at Elmhurst Hospital (Mount Sinai), culminating her career as the Head Nurse of the Gynecologic Nursing Department, and achieving numerous accolades for her caring commitment to her patients. Pura loved her fellow human beings and delighted in making friends wherever she went. She enjoyed dancing and practicing Tai Chi. Pura loved to work in the earth, growing beautiful flowers and vegetables to share with her friends and family. She had a long standing love/hate relationship with the Yankees. Mother of Richard and David, she is survived by David, his wife Lefa, and Granddaughter Kaitlyn. She is loved and will be dearly missed.
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Visitation at Funeral Home

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Friday, June 11, 2021
Perry Funeral Home, Inc.
118 Union Ave
Lynbrook, New York, United States

Final Resting Place

Saturday, June 12, 2021
Pinelawn Memorial Park
Pinelawn Road
Pinelawn, New York, United States


10:00 am
Saturday, June 12, 2021
Holy Name Of Mary RC Church
55 E Jamaica Avenue
Valley Stream, New York, United States
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