Clara Marie Chung

Oct 31,1994---Sep 28,2019

Clara Marie Chung, age 24, passed away on Saturday, Sept 28, 2019. Born October 31st, 1994 in Albuquerque, NM, the daughter of Jim Chung and Marianne Sakiestewa she was the oldest of four.  She is survived by her brothers James (J.J.), Wesley and Danny Chung all of Albuquerque, NM and her only living grandparent, Robert Sakiestewa Jr. She came from a rich cultural heritage of Korean and Native American (Hopi & Lakota) decent.  Her Korean name is “Umi-Beautiful Light” and her Lakota name is “Ta Oun Waste Win - Her Ways are Beautiful Woman”.  She graduated from Eldorado High School and received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration in the Fall of 2018.  Clara was also an accomplished artist, she excelled in school and loved animals, especially her dog Hannah and her puppies.  She was always drawing and painting and loved movies, especially those made by the Japanese Animator, Hayao Miyazaki.  Clara will always be remembered as a beautiful young talented woman who loved her brothers and family dearly.  


All services will be held at Riverside Funeral Home Chapel beginning with a Viewing on Sunday, October 6 from 6:00pm to 8:00 PM.  Funeral Services will take place on Monday, October 7 from 9:00am to 11:00am. Clara will be laid to rest at Gate of Heaven Cemetery located at 7999 Wyoming Blvd NE following the service.


Arrangements entrusted to:

Riverside Funeral Home of Albuquerque

225 San Mateo NE

(505) 764-9663

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Itzel & Alizé Oct 03 ,2019

Friend ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

Our deepest condolences to the entire family, friends and any affected by the loss of this beautiful soul. May God comfort and give you peace knowing she is in eternal peace.

Kim D. Nam-Price Oct 03 ,2019

Cousin ,ALBUQUERQUE ,New Mexico

Our sweet Clara. You will be so missed. You were such a beautiful, sweet soul. Rest peacefully angel!

Miriam Santos and Randy Armijo Oct 04 ,2019

Friend and neighbor ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

There are no words we could say that would lessen your pain. Our deepest condolences to you Marianne and the boys. May Clara Rest in Eternal Peace.

Leah Saavedra Oct 04 ,2019

Friend ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

Marianne, sending you condolences to you and your family. Your friend Leah

Alisha Turnbull Oct 05 ,2019

Friend ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

You have my absolute condolences. Clara was a wonderful friend and fantastic artist. I still have the Mickey Mouse sweater she gifted to me during the holidays, and I will always keep it in memory of her.

Betty Kam Oct 08 ,2019

Teacher ,Albuquerque ,New Mexico

My deepest condolences. I was so sad to hear about Clara's passing. She was a wonderful student. Quiet, funny, hard working, and caring young lady. Thank you for allowing me to work with her while she attended Eldorado High School. Betty Kam, SLP

Michele Greenwood Oct 08 ,2019

I am sad to hear the news of Clara’s passing. I always enjoyed having her in class and loved her drawings that she would give me to hang in my classroom. She was always kind to me and her classmates. Sending prayers and hugs to the family. Godspeed Clara.