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 Motsu “Mona” <I>Wang</I> Bonnett

Motsu “Mona” Wang Bonnett

Death 1996 (aged 45–46)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, USA
Plot Next to her husband, Dennis
Memorial ID 62716689 · View Source
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Mona was born and raised in Taiwan. Her name was Motsu. According to Mona, she was the last of several daughters. When her father went to visit her mother, she asked what to name the daughter. Her father said he didn't want her. (He wanted a son). The Taiwanese word for "don't want" is "Motsu". So that is what her mother named her.
Naturally Mona was not fond of this name.
Mona worked for a time in a factory making blue jeans. She was paid $1 per day. She had to work every day of the year except Chinese New year celebration that lasted for , I believe, 7 days.
Her husband Dennis met Mona while she was working at the American Commissary in Taipai. He was in the Air Force during the Vietnam War.
He returned home to the USA without Mona but was eventually able to bring her to the USA as his wife.
They had two children, Brenda and Jeffrey.
Mona had a great sense of humor. She loved to barter at farmer markets, fish and play penny ante poker with her new family in the USA.
Her husband liked to tease her about her language errors. For instance , she called a rooster , a gooster. Dennis didn't correct her but enjoyed the error in silence. Eventually someone told her the error. She wouldn't speak to Dennis or cook for two weeks.
Dennis and Mona traveled to Nevada to visit his sister, Karyl. All three were traveling by car to a ski resort at Lake Tahoe when they passed a herd of Holstein cows. Dennis pointed them out to Mona and said " Look at that huge herd of black and white horses!" Mona stared at the cows thoughtfully for a long period time. Everyone was silent. Finally she started laughing and said " Those aren't horses. They're cows."
When Mona was nearing death from liver cancer, her mother was informed in Taipai that her daugher was extremely ill. She flew to the US with Mona's younger brother and sisters. Only one sister spoke any English and it was spotty at best. At the airport, Dennis had to inform her mother using the sister as interpreter that Mona died before they arrived.

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  • Created by: K L Bonnett
  • Added: 9 Dec 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 62716689
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Motsu “Mona” Wang Bonnett (1950–1996), Find A Grave Memorial no. 62716689, citing Resurrection Memorial Cemetery, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by K L Bonnett (contributor 46868590) .