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Ebony Lai Hing '10 July 19, 2023 3:00 PM updated: July 19, 2023 4:25 PM

Dr. Ebony La Vaughn Lai Hing 
October 27, 1984 - April 27, 2023 

Dr. Lai Hing passed away April 27, 2023. 

Ebony La Vaughn Lai Hing was born in Dallas, Texas on October 27, 1984. As a child, she was very active and curious, always exploring her surroundings with her younger siblings. Her thirst for knowledge and growth was evident from a young age, and she often displayed a quiet competitive spirit that foreshadowed her future accomplishments. Despite starting first grade at just 5 years old, Ebony was always ahead of her time. Ebony excelled academically throughout her schooling, becoming the valedictorian of her 8th grade class at City Temple Junior Academy in Dallas, Texas. She was also a class officer at her high school, Burton Adventist Academy in Arlington, Texas.

Ebony maintained a close relationship with her grandparents, Elder William and Doris Jones, who were retired and living in Huntsville, Alabama. It was during a summer trip to Camp Meeting that she met Steven Lai Hing, who would later become the love of her life. They were together for 22 years, and after completing graduate school together, they were married for 10 years. In 2006, Ebony completed her undergraduate studies in Biochemistry at Oakwood College, where she was a senior class officer and instrumental in planning various activities for her peers.

She then accepted a fellowship to receive her Masters in Biochemistry from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. It was also at Texas A&M where she completed her Doctoral Studies in Curriculum Education and Design, with an emphasis on S.T.E.M.

Ebony was a devoted member of her community, actively involved in various initiatives such as teaching the Beginners Sabbath School Class, Adventurer Busy Bee Class, and participating in the Summer STEM Camp. She also contributed to local schools both public and private, as she was passionate about supporting those less fortunate and giving back to the programs in which she and her family participated.

Ebony's greatest joy in life was her three children: Steven Kenneth II, Divya Meilì, and Lylah Zhànshì. Her goal was to be the best example of Jesus' love in their lives, ensuring that they were well-rounded by enrolling them in various extracurricular activities. Ebony found joy in life's simplest pleasures, such as spending a quiet evening with friends or enjoying a late-night round of karaoke at home. She also loved attending concerts and live sporting events with her family. Her loving personality was contagious, and she had a positive impact on everyone she met.

Memorial service will be 12:00 noon, Sunday, May 7, 2023 at Oakwood Seventh-day Adventist Church (5500 Adventist Boulevard Huntsville, AL 35896) with Dr. Carlton P. Byrd officiating.

Under the direction of Royal Funeral Home, Inc. 


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