In Loving

Jenny Mu Gao-Wang

April 26, 1963 – January 25, 2021

Jenny Mu Gao-Wang passed away peacefully surrounded by family on January 25, 2021 in Glen Allen, Virginia.

Jenny was born in Harbin, China, on April 26, 1963 and grew up in Baoji, China. She graduated from the Harbin University of Science and Technology and married her husband on December 26, 1988. They immigrated to the United States in 1989 and 1990 and have lived in Richmond, Virginia since 2001. Jenny was a loving wife and mother, who could make friends with any person she met on her travels. She loved to cook, tend to her garden, and watch movies about World War II or British royalty. Jenny was adored by Chinese and American friends alike, with whom she loved to play Mahjong and pickleball.

Jenny was preceded in death by her father, Jingfu Chen and her mother Biaoling Gao. She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Haipeng Wang, their son Evan and daughter Eileen, her brother Zhen Chen and his wife Zhiying Li of Chengdu, China, as well as several cousins and nephews.

Donations in her memory may be sent to the American Cancer Society.

A funeral service will be held at 3 pm Thursday, January 28 at Affinity Funeral Service – Richmond Chapel, 2720 Enterprise Pkwy, Richmond, VA 23294. Click here to view the live streamed service.

Interment will be at a later date in Washington Memorial Park – Mt. Sinai, NY.

Funeral Service


Affinity Funeral Service

Richmond Chapel


Thursday, January 28, 2021


3:00 P.M.

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  1. Huan Wang January 27, 2021 at 3:03 pm - Reply

    A beautiful soul went to heaven and rest in god’s hands, you will be dearly missed Jenny, for you warm smile and active spirits. May you Rest In Peace.

  2. Quentin Yan January 27, 2021 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    We got to know Jenny since we moved to Richmond 15 years ago. As we all have children of similar age, we had enjoyed family outings together including parasailing in OBX and skiing in Wintergreen. Lots of fond memories and we will all miss her smile. Jenny was a model tiger mom who raised two high-caliber children with her great love and care. She was also a fighter, living her life to the fullest in spite of her cancer. Her smile will be in our lasting memories, and we will all miss her. RIP and God Bless her family.

  3. Qiaojing Zhu January 27, 2021 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    I’m deeply sorry to lost my best friend, you are my first one to know when we came to USA in 32 years ago. Our first trip was go with you, and my last trip to now was go with you. you are the one I can talk and say anything, I talked to you even more than talk to my sister. You are my sister, I will remember you and thinking about you all the time. Miss you! RIP
    Good bless your family

  4. gaohong xie January 27, 2021 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    i am deeply sorry for your loss of love one. let her rest in God’s hand piecefully. we will always remember her.

  5. Peggy Hsu January 27, 2021 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    A sweet lady with bright smile! We have been hanging out together for over 10 years, singing in Yage chorus, playing pickleball and Mahjong. Shared so many laughers and precious memories. You will be missed dearly by all, Jenny. Rest in peace and God bless your family.

  6. Angela gong January 27, 2021 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    Jenny was one of the first friends I made here in the states and she made feel at home.We used to live 15 minutes away from each other and our families and children shared many fond memories together. We managed to keep in touch all these years even after she moved to another state. She was a vibrant woman and we would talk and laugh for hours at a time on the phone. She loved to travel and would share her stories with me and I’d live vicariously through her experiences. She was the most amazing mom to her two children. Evan and Eileen. Their independence and success is a testimony to how great of a mother she was.She was strong even through her last moment. I knew Jenny for 30 years and it was once in a lifetime kind of friendship. She was my best friend and I will truly miss her.

  7. Gada Koehler January 27, 2021 at 7:18 pm - Reply

    Our deepest condolences for your loss and may the sorrow you feel in your hearts lighten by the love that surrounds you!
    We met Jenny during our Son’s and Eileen’s Undergrad graduation ceremony in 5/2016 in Philadelphia. It felt as if we’ve known Jenny for years, although that was the first time we’ve ever met her. It was Jenny’s smile, friendliness, and welcoming personality that made us fall in love with her and your whole family including our lovely Eileen! We will always remember Jenny fondly! Gada and Jim Koehler

  8. Jenny January 28, 2021 at 7:14 am - Reply

    I am so sorry for your loss, though I never met her,, through your words her beauty, kind, and devotion ,left lasting impression. Your and your family are in my thoughts especially at this moment!

  9. Richard Dowdey January 28, 2021 at 10:53 am - Reply

    When I think of Jenny ,it is on the pickle ball court having fun, or out to lunch laughing with the girls at a joke we would have to explain
    to her. Oh, how we will miss her beautiful smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Beverley DowDey

  10. zhiying LI January 28, 2021 at 11:03 am - Reply

    Jenny’s departure made me lose another relative, and my heart was hurt again.
    Our aunt and sister-in-law get along very well although they have few opportunities to meet each other. We miss each other very much. We hope that we can be sisters in the next life and get closer to each other. In recent days, your face and smile often appear in my mind,The scenes of our reunion often appear in front of us, as if you just left.Miss you! RIP

  11. Lisa Zhang January 28, 2021 at 11:18 am - Reply

    On the second day of Christmas in 1988, Gao Mu and Wang Haipeng held their wedding in Building 4, Fuwai Street, Beijing, and we have become a family ever since. We have mother-in-law, sister, brother-in-law, brother, and sister-in-law (that’s me) in our family. More than 30 years have passed, and we still remember the wedding scene.

    Soon after they got married, Gao Mu followed Wang Haipeng to study and work in Long Island, New York. Not long after, their family moved to Virginia to work and settle. Since we all have been working hard for our own families and children in those years, we haven’t met that much . I was very worried when I learned that Gao Mu’s cancer had recurred last winter, and because of the severe epidemic, I couldn’t go to visit. I was very sorry.
    We would like Gao Mu to rest in heaven! Wish There is no sickness in heaven!
    I still have one little thing still fresh in my memory. It was not long after I arrived in the United States. Our family went to her home on Long Island. She knew that I liked 面食 but couldn’t make it, so she made me scallion pancakes to relieve my homesickness
    With Our Deepest Sympathy

    Zhang Xueqin, Wang Haiping, Guo Lixin

  12. Forrest Zhang & Sisi Cai January 28, 2021 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    We are shocked and deeply sorry for your loss of love one. May her rest from dust to dust, earth to earth, calmly and peacefully .

  13. Lian Cui 崔莲 January 28, 2021 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    I am so sad that I lost such a good friend, we met each other right after we moved to Long Island in 1997 and raised kids together till we both moved away from there, but the friendship and connection had never stopped, I clearly remember your visit to New Mexico and reunion in New York City. You are a such strong and optimistic person that no one could tell that you had cancer. We will miss you! Wish you in peach in God’s hand.

  14. Weiguang Grace Zhang January 29, 2021 at 6:31 am - Reply

    Gao Mu, you are one of my best friends in Richmond, my walking mate, my confidant and my children issue go-to person. You are beautiful, always optimistic and easy going. I deeply missed you, My friend! I know you are in better place now , there is no pain and suffering there because I can see your smile through the sunshine and the oak tree top. RIP!

  15. Li Wang January 29, 2021 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    When I saw this, I couldn’t believe it and I couldn’t hold back my tears. I feel so sad that I lost such a good friend. I knew her and her family when I joined the BNL on Long Island in 1999. Then we had reunions in Harbin, China in 2004 to 2006, in Shanghai in 2015, and at her home in 2016. In my memory, she is such a beautiful, elegant, thoughtful, strong and optimistic person. I never tell that she had had cancer when we met each time. Miss you! Wish no sickness, no pain in Heaven!

  16. Lee Noffsinger February 18, 2021 at 11:59 am - Reply

    Lee Noffsinger

  17. Lee Noffsinger February 18, 2021 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    My deepest sympathy to Jenny’s Family.
    I met Jenny playing pickleball a couple of years ago. We played many times as teammates, and against each other.
    On the court she was a fierce competitor, and a very good player.
    But, it was off the court getting to know Jenny that I enjoyed the most. She was always so positive, such a nice person, and a Great smile.
    I know Jenny will be missed by so many. I know I will.

  18. Hong Jing February 24, 2021 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    Can’t believe you are already gone. As your friends, we will always remember your laughter . I know you are in peace now. Miss you.

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