Fannie Lum July 10, 1927- Dec. 2, 2015


Fannie Lum passed away with family by her side on Dec. 2, 2015. She was 88 years old.

Fannie Lum
Fannie Lum

Seu Fun “Fannie” Lee was born July 10, 1927, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Fannie and her three siblings attended Chinese language school in addition to public school. She left Hawaii and crossed the Pacific on a 65-passenger convoy in 1945 to attend Armstrong Business College in Berkeley. Shortly after returning home to the islands, she married the love of her life, Ernie Lum. The Lum family moved to Laguna Beach in 1955 but always held Hawaii close to their hearts and enjoyed visits home to spend time with family.

Lum was a well-known member of the Laguna Beach community, whether for her early years running the family restaurant, Lum’s Hawaiian Kitchen; hosting pig roasts and luaus with Ernie; working at the Pottery Shack; or the 15 years as the principal’s secretary at Laguna Beach High School.

She will be remembered by many for her hospitality, warmth and delicious cooking. She always made sure there was enough room at her dining table for unexpected guests, and enough food in her kitchen to feed more mouths. Lum delighted in the accomplishments of her children and grandchildren. During her later years, nothing brought her more joy than her great- grandchildren.

In death, she joins her husband and lifelong love, Ernie Lum, and her older sister Jackie Kau. Lum is survived by four children, Wesley Lum (Anita) of Sacramento, Allan Lum of Laguna Beach, Lorna (Lum) Kemmerer (Richard) of Santa Barbara, Randy Lum (Mary) of Santa Barbara; her two brothers, Herbert Lee (Nancy) of Laguna Beach and Charles Lee (Caroline) of Honolulu, Hawaii; and brother-in-law Stanley Kau of Pearl City, Hawaii. She is also survived by six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

A celebration of Lum’s life will be held 1:30-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach, 286 St. Ann’s Dr.

The family wishes to extend gratitude to the caregivers at The Fountains at Sea Bluffs assisted living facility where Lum was a resident for the past three years. Their care and compassion for our mother and grandmother is greatly appreciated.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to Laguna Beach Seniors at the Susie Q.


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  1. My thoughts and love will be with you and your family on the thirtieth to celebrate Frannie’s life. The wonderment of her life is reflected in those she left behind. You are her legacy.
    Please send me the address of Laguna Beach Seniors. I learned how to ride at the Susie Q Ranch.


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