Born in the town of Taiping, Malaysia to Ng Guan Leng & Monica Teh Kar Au, Saw Cheng Ooi was the eldest of 8 brothers and 3 younger sisters. In 1958, she went to the Malaysian Teachers' College, and started her career as an Elementary School Teacher until she retired in 1995. She met Chin Huat Khor in 1969; they were blessed with 3 daughters; Penny, Cherry and Lisa, who became the centre of her life.
In 1980, she had an encounter with God, which changed the course of her life and her whole family’s, when her husband suddenly became terminally ill. Saw Cheng was fervently seeking for help to cure her husband. It was then, she found Jesus! Jesus intervened and gave life back to her husband. On Jan 1st, 1981, Saw Cheng and her whole family gave their lives to Jesus and were baptized. That was a History Marking in the life of Saw Cheng Ooi. She soon became a Sunday School Teacher, then a Sunday School Superintendent. Soon, she became a member of the church council, even became a deaconess, and then a Church Warden. Her love for the Lord, overflowed and spilled over to everyone around her. She was always helping everyone selflessly, in money, in time, and in just any ways that she could.
On May 10th, 1995, a month after her retirement, she received a devastating call at 5:00am in the morning telling her that she just lost her beloved husband. God’s ways are higher than ours! Luke, her first grandson was added to the family in June, and made her smile again. In 1999, she was blessed with another grandson, Joseph. Saw Cheng was such a devoted grandma and mom that she gave up everything and went to Taiwan to look after Joseph.
In 2007, Saw Cheng moved to Canada to join Cherry and family. She continued to be an inspiration to many. In February 2017, Saw Cheng was diagnosed with stomach cancer, and was given 6 months to live... But, by the Grace of God, instead, she got to see the Grand Canyon, saw both her grandchildren graduate and she made each extra day count through fervently sharing the goodness of God to all her family and friends till April 21st, 2022 when she met her Creator and hearing Him say, “Well done, my good and faithful one."
Saw Cheng Ooi is survived by 3 daughters; Penny, Cherry and Lisa; 2 sons-in-law, Kok Khoon Lee and Michael Westover; 2 grandchildren; Luke Lee and Joseph Hsu; brothers and sisters, many godchildren; and nieces and nephews who will miss her dearly.