Longtime riders of the S buses might remember Suey Ying Chin, a petite and modestly dressed woman who wore her short hair pulled back, sometimes with a bobby pin. She would board the bus weighed down by bags of ginkgo nuts she collected around the city and took back to her home on 16th Street NW to make traditional Chinese dishes.

Her family jokingly referred to her smelly loot as “stink-o” nuts — and wondered whether their medicinal properties helped her live such a long life.

Mrs. Chin, a respected elder at Washington’s Chinese Community Church, died Aug. 17 of pneumonia at the Arcola Health and Rehabilitation Center in Silver Spring, her son Lon Chin said. According to official records, she was 98.

Mrs. Chin immigrated to the United States in 1949, at the time of the Communist revolution in China, and lived in the Washington area until her death. She endured about two decades of separation from her husband, Darwin Chin, who had come to Washington first without knowing whether he would manage to raise enough money to send for her.

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