Private funeral service held for president's mother
Central News Agency
2014-05-05 08:15 AM
Taipei, May 5 (CNA) The remains of Chin Hou-hsiu, mother of President Ma Ying-jeou, were due to be cremated after a private funeral service Monday, a source said. Only members of the immediate family attended the service at a funeral parlor of the Taipei City government's Mortuary Services Office, the source said on condition of anonymity.

They included the first couple, their two daughters, the president's four sisters and their families.

In a break from normal practice, no public service was planned and the regular sight of mourners and flowers was not to be seen on a cool and rainy Monday morning. Chin's remains would be cremated after the family service and later stored in the same columbarium that became the final resting place of Ma's father, Ma Ho-ling, who died in 2005.

Chin died of respiratory failure in a municipal hospital on May 2 at the age of 91. (By Kelven Huang and Jay Chen)

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