On November 14, 2013, Grace Lin Su went home to the Lord.
Born Grace Lin in Anhui Province in China, Grace attended mission schools where she excelled in her studies. She was known for her wit and leadership. She earned a teaching degree from Beijing Normal University, and held positions as teacher, dean of students, and principal for elementary and secondary schools during WWII.
Closely tied to the Nationalist government, she and her husband, Ting Su, fled Beijing in a daring escape on a small plane in 1949. They lived in Indiana where her husband completed graduate studies in education, then settled in Seaside and Pacific Grove where they both taught in the DLI’s Chinese Mandarin Department from the 50’s to the 70’s. Grace also taught some summer language classes at the Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies. Widowed, Grace settled near her children in Los Altos in the 1980’s, where she helped found a Chinese Christian Church of which she was profoundly dedicated.
Grace is survived by her two brothers (Mr. Ting Fan, and Ting An Lin) two daughters (Mabel and Ruth), a son-in-law (James Wheat), and two grandchildren (Jennifer and James Wheat), two nieces(Olivia and Sophia Lin), and a nephew(Daniel Lin).
A memorial service has been held. Donations may be made in her name to The Chinese Christian Church of Mountain View, or American Breast Cancer Association.