Lai Tene Kember
Dec. 9, 1940-Oct. 1, 2019
Palo Alto, California
Lai Tene Kember of Palo Alto, California passed away on October 1, 2019 at the age of 78. She was born on December 9, 1940 in San Antonio Texas and was the youngest of 7 children to Get and Jew Shee Woo. Her father owned a grocery store in San Antonio where she spent much of her childhood helping out where she could. One of her fondest early memories was from the age of seven where Tene took a trip to San Francisco with her mom to see her grandfather who was passing through enroute to Canada from China.
After High School, Tene attended the University of Texas, Austin where she majored in Chemistry. In 1963, she and her college roommate drove to California in her Corvair convertible and she stayed in San Francisco to start her life in the Bay Area where she has lived ever since.
Tene met her husband Bryan at Ampex in Redwood City where she worked for 6 years. They got married on July 31, 1968 and she quit her job a few years later to start building houses together in Palo Alto. Bryan and Tene had two children, Bruce and Craig, and raised the family in the house they built together in Palo Alto on Middlefield Rd. After building houses, she and Bryan worked for many years at Aehr Test Systems.
A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister, Tene relished in the simplicity of life. She was an excellent homemaker and raised her 2 boys with passion and care. She enjoyed cooking, cleaning and gardening, and loved to travel. She took her kids on many adventures when they were young, and later in life she didn’t hesitate at an invitation to travel to see friends and family. One of her favorite things was to gather family and friends together to eat Dim Sum.
Tene loved animals, especially cats. Skipper, Dusty, Dude, Leslie, and Barley were just a few of the animals she took care of over the years. She was also very proud of her heritage and followed many of the Chinese rituals throughout her life. She always served chicken on birthdays to promote a long life and gave her children traditional Chinese middle names.
Tene was preceded in death by siblings, Foon, Lim, and Edwin Woo. She is survived by her husband Bryan, siblings, Kong Woo, Lai Jean Lee, Lai Beet Lee; sons Bruce and Craig; grandchildren C.J., Jackson, Finn and Max.