NEWPORT NEWS — Myong “Sukie” Sik Dowen, 82, of Newport News, Va. passed away on Monday, May 2, 2022 after a courageous battle with brain cancer.
Sukie was born in Kyonggi-Do, South Korea to O Seh Yun and Lee Won Yo. As a child, she survived the Korean War during which she lost one of her brothers. As a young mother, she poured her love and strength into raising her three children while her husband served in Vietnam and other assignments as a soldier in the United States Army.
Sukie was a Peninsula resident for 50 years. She was well known and loved by customers at the Kyung Sung Korean Restaurant in Newport News, where she worked for over 20 years before retiring to spend time with her grandchildren.
She loved Jesus, children, animals, music, and gardening. She was a member of Virginia Love & Truth Church where she enjoyed singing with God’s family. She was passionately devoted to her family and close friends.
She is survived by her childhood friend, Sun Ja Barber; three children: Charles H. Dowen, III and wife, Suzanne, Robert L. Dowen, Sandra Davoy and husband, Stanley; nine grandchildren, Claire, CJ, Kristin, Brooke, Christopher, Eric, Justin, Aaron, Charlie; a great grandson, Charlie; her favorite nephew and his family: Gea Bum Park, Jong Ju Lee, Edward, and Gavin; her sister, Suzanne Lewis; her niece, Jennifer Lewis; and a fluffy orange cat named Nabi.
She was predeceased by her three brothers: O Yun Sik, O Gun Sik, O Pong Sik; and former husband, Charles H. Dowen, Jr.
A funeral service is scheduled for 6:00 pm on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at Weymouth Funeral Home in Newport News. The family will receive friends immediately following the service (7:15 pm – 8:00 pm). A private graveside service will be held for family on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at Peninsula Memorial Park in Newport News.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to Virginia Love & Truth Church, 525 Industrial Park Drive, Newport News, VA 23608 or to YMCA of the Virginia Peninsulas, LiveSTRONG Program, 41 Old Oyster Point Road, Suite C, Newport News, VA 23602. Arrangements by Weymouth Funeral Home.