Kai-Chih “Katie” Chang

08/16/1937 — 02/20/2024

From Richland, WA | Born in China

Celebration of Life

Fri, April 19, 2024, 2:00 pm
Einan’s At Sunset Funeral Home
915 Bypass Highway Bldg. H Richland, WA 99352

Burial Service

Fri, April 19, 2024, 3:00 pm
Sunset Gardens
915 Bypass Highway Richland, WA 99352

Kai-Chih “Katie” Chang

Kai-chih “Katie” Chang of Richland, WA passed away peacefully surrounded by family on February 20, 2024 at the age of 86.

Katie was born in Ting-Hai near Shanghai, China and eldest of five siblings. Her family moved to Taipei when she was in elementary school, 1948. Katie graduated from Taipei Science and Engineering College. She was the first in her family to immigrate to the US in 1961 and earned her Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ.

She stayed on the East Coast working for Shearing Pharmaceutical developing new drugs.

Katie and her college sweetheart, Shih-chih were separated to pursue advanced degrees, but miraculously in 1968, were reunited and married in Atlanta, GA. They went on to have two children, and 1978 settled in Richland, WA. Both Katie and Shih-chih were engineers and worked at Hanford for decades.

Not only was Katie an accomplished chemist and engineer, but she also loved to paint, draw, write poetry, and garden. She was passionate about art, food and nutrition. Katie was a highly independent person who had a terrific curiosity of the world around her. Katie is remembered as an encouraging kind-hearted person who enjoyed travel, music, dancing, and animals. She cherished her family, community, friends and was active in her local Church.

Katie is survived by her children, Eric Chang, Polly Colby, grandchild, Lily Colby of Bellevue, and three siblings of Los Angeles, Ken Wang, Jeanie Wang, and Kevin Wang. Katie was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Shih-Chih Chang, and her brother David Wang. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

Celebration of life will be held at Einan’s at Sunset, 915 By Pass Hwy, Richland, Wa 99352 on Friday, April 19, 2024 at 2pm followed by graveside burial at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to either:

Tri-Cities Chinese Alliance Church, 2004 George Washington Way, Richland, WA 99354

Benton-Franklin Humane Society, www.bfhs.com

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  • Truly awesome lady who gave me only fond memories. Great motherly figure when we were little rascals. Sincere condolences to her family.

    April 12, 2024
    Richland, WA
  • Auntie Wang was a true-hearted Christian. Her steadfast faith in Christ Jesus was very evident. She was known for her sweet smile and joyous life. When we heard that she was diagnosed with cancer about two years ago, we visited her quite a few times trying to bring comfort to her. But she gave us encouragement instead. She was not afraid of fighting cancer or facing death, not at all. She told me boldly that she had been ready to be taken back to the heavenly home.
    The people of Tri-Cities Chinese Alliance Church, Richland will miss Auntie Wang dearly. See you in heaven, Auntie Wang.

    Rev. Dr. Stephen Chien
    April 3, 2024
    West Richland, WA
  • Katie was a great old friend, and neighbor. She was open, smart, innovative and sensitive person She was always like an older sister giving wise option and idea.
    Miss her as a friend, old sister and lunch buddy. She will always in our heart.

    Maron & Oliver
    March 28, 2024
    Richland, WA
  • We will always remember Katie’s smiles and many talents. She succeeded in whichever tasks she took her, and enjoyed the challenges. She is missed dearly.

    Frances and Hea-Tsun Feng
    March 26, 2024
    Seattle, WA
  • We will miss you Auntie Katie. You always carried yourself with such grace. I’m glad we were able to spend some time with you last summer and that you were able to meet my daughter. With love,

    March 16, 2024
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