YaFen (Lucia) Gao

YaFen (Lucia) Gao, age 67 years, is survived by one brother and two sisters: ZheMing Gao (YaFen Yu), YaPing Gao (XiMing Chen), YaLi Gao (YongBing Gao) and her only child, a daughter, Juan Josephine Gong La Brake (Marcelino La Brake) and her four grandchildren Regina, Carolyn, John, and Angela. As well as many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, ZhenQuan Gao, QiaoZhen Sun and three siblings.

Lucia enjoyed life with a childlike personality and a walk to the park or taking rides to the mall were simple pleasures that she loved to share with her grandchildren. Lucia also enjoyed good food and as such perfected her cooking skills in the kitchen, often times competing for counter space with her son-in-law. Lucia ensured that she had the best ingredients for her dishes by cultivating the fresh garden vegetables needed which led to another pleasure of spending time in the outdoors. Riding her bike to the gym with a spontaneous stop at the market on her way home was also routine and gave her an opportunity to share some fresh fruits with her grandchildren. Besides her culinary skills, Lucia was a talented seamstress and was often requested to make special items such as wedding dresses and suit jackets. Of course, she ensured her own daughter was taken care of on her wedding day by making a special wedding gown for her as well. After her daughter married, Lucia became a devoted grandma and shared the lives with her daughter’s family in New Mexico, Florida and finally in Texas. In addition to her own grandchildren Lucia enjoyed taking care of other babies and serving as God’s instrument welcoming new souls. Most recently Lucia spent a lot of time as a caregiver for those with terminal illnesses. Lucia was loved by those who knew and worked with her. Her caring and simple nature will be missed by those whose lives she touched.

Lucia converted to the Catholic Faith in 2008 after she came to the United States from China in 2007. She had a strong devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and was diligent in saying her daily Rosary. Lucia was fortified by the sacraments of Holy Mother Church through the support of Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Dickinson, TX. Family is asking everyone to continue praying for the repose of Lucia’s soul and may she Rest in Peace.

Visitation is at Crowder Funeral Home on Monday, October 3rd, from 5pm – 7pm with Rosary at 7pm. A requiem High Mass will be held on Tuesday, October 4th, at 10 am at Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Dickinson, TX officiated by Fr. Adam Purdy, followed by burial at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family would appreciate a donation to Queen of Angels Catholic Church & Academy in Dickinson, TX.

The family would like to thank the Hospice Care Team lead by Dr Suzanne McClure for their services that demonstrated compassion and kindness.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Vincent Blackwood, Peter Huynh, Lois LaSala, Juan Masters, Bobby Murphy and Huijing Qiang.



  1. I wish I could be there for you but my heart and prayers are with you and your family. May God bless you all!

    Monessa Valenzuela
    • That’s very kind and thoughtful!

      Josephine La Brake
  2. Dearest friend’s/family,, my deepest condolences. May God our Father fill the void in your lives and Mother Mary wrap Her mantle around you. In His love and mine, Linda

    Linda Chiarolanza-Ravem
  3. Dear Josephine, Marcelino & Chlildren,
    Its of deep sadness from our own hearts that we grieve with you in the passing of your mother Josephine. Through our own
    Experience of knowing her. She was a quiet and hard working woman. It was her heart and soul that served so many without complaint up to her very last days. She loved her daughter Josephine and her grandchildren without fault or fail. During this difficult time in your lives, Laura and I
    Pray the Christ in His Risen Glory will bring comfort & peace to your grieving broken hearts lifting them to joy of your Spirits.

    Joe & Laura La Brake
  4. You will be missed so much Lucia. You touched so so many lives. God Bless and keep you.
    Joe & Laura LaBrake Jr.

    Laura Labrake
  5. When the first time I met Lucia at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, she gave me a deep impression that she was genuine , kind , optimistic and always carried a childlike smiling. She was just baptized, so we did chat about our previous religions and how blessed we were to be chosen to involved in Traditional Catholic Faith.She was sincere,open-hearted and excited for the new Faith.
    I am sure that through so many years, her faith toward our Lord has grown much matured and devout.Because for the purpose of her eternality , our Lord has already prepared the best place for her!

    God Bless whole family and embrace her loving soul🌹♥️

    Christy Gallucci
  6. How privileged I am to know this wonderful child of God, so dear to Our Blessed Mother! Lucia was a great inspiration to me at the gym and taught me to try other exercises too. She will always be remembered in my prayers. Rest in Peace and rise in glory!

    Patricia Francis
  7. Thanks so much all for your comforting words, generous support and prayers at this most painful time of my life. My family and I appreciate you all as well as our dear Pastor, friends & parishioners at Queen of Angels from bottom of our hearts and we are eternally grateful!

    Josephine La Brake
  8. Also sincere thanks to my dear cousin and forever friends in Florida who are traveling far away to be here to support me emotionally and gave me strength to carry on with my life without my dearest mother…May God reward you all and protect you.

    For all my dear friends in New Mexico, Florida and Texas, we are so blessed to meet you all and have you in my life through joy and pain… God has blessed me so many brothers and sisters in Christ beyond all my expectations, my family and I are eternally grateful!

    Josephine La Brake
  9. Our hearts are with you all as you celebrate the life of such a beautiful person!

    The Sin Family

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