Amy Oberg

Our dear mother Amy Oberg sadly passed away on Feb 3, 2024, at the age of 85 after a short battle with cancer. She was a wonderful mother who was always there when we needed her. Her family was the most important to her. When you would ask her about her grandchildren and great grandchildren her eyes would light up and she would smile so big. She also had many friends and was a well-loved member of the bowling communities in California, Tennessee, and Missouri. But she was most famously known for her cooking, especially for her amazing fried rice and eggrolls.

Amy grew up in a small village outside of Taipei Taiwan and was the youngest child of eight. She spoke five different languages and worked at the PX Exchange in Taipei. She met her husband Howard on a blind date and married him when he returned to Taiwan after his services as a Merchant Seaman. They were married 42 years before his passing in 2005.

When Howard finished his tour, they moved to California. The culture shock was tough but Amy adjusted well. She was able to find work as nanny to a famous Hollywood couple. After her children were born, they bought their first home in Lakewood CA. She then worked for Sony doing electrical work making televisions; then Honeywell building circuit card assemblies and cables for warheads; and lastly Arthotek, building microscopic surgical equipment.

Amy taught herself how to cook “American” food. When she got to the States she could not find ingredients to cook from what she knew from home, so she used whatever she could find. No matter what came out of her kitchen people loved it. Friends and family would love when she would bring fried rice to potlucks, to bowling, or when she would host her Chinese New Year open houses.

Bowling became second nature to her when Howard bought her a ball and shoes so they could have date nights. She loved the sport and was extremely competitive. She bowled for over 50 years, in leagues, and in local and national tournaments, before her knees decided to not let her bowl.

Amy is preceded in death by her husband Howard. She is survived by her daughter MeiLing Billingsley (husband Donald) of Lee’s Summit, MO; son Bill Oberg (wife Stephanie) of Soddy Daisy, TN; granddaughters Kelley Evett (husband Trevor) of Hixson, TN and Karen Billingsley (husband Ryan) of Independence, MO; nephews Nicolas Oberg (wife Elizabeth) of Chattanooga, TN, Logan Billingsley (wife Marcela) of Westminster, CO and Chad Oberg of Soddy Daisy, TN. She also leaves behind six great-grandchildren; Margot, Anna, Riley, Indy, Liam and Beatrice.

Per her request, there will be no services. She will be cremated and her ashes will be scattered by her family in her favorite city Las Vegas. May there always be a seat at the Pai-Gow table for her in Heaven.


  1. Kathy Martin on February 6, 2024 at 2:57 pm

    I loved going to the Daisy Mae with Amy , she really knew how to have a good time ! She will be missed , I know she loved her family very much , keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers

  2. Sherri Ramey on February 6, 2024 at 3:24 pm

    Your mom was the sweetest! I was never lucky enough to try her fried rice but am positive I would love it! My heart hurts for you as losing your parents is an awful pain but I’m comforted that she’s back with the love of her life! If you need ANYTHING let me know!

  3. Bill Sosna on February 6, 2024 at 9:34 pm

    I remember the first time we met. She had the kindest heart but you could tell she also was a jokester and could hold her own in any friendly competition. She was the queen of fried rice and royal flush’s with a pair up in Pai-Gow. Her impact is seen by the legacy she has left with her family as it is hard to find a more selfless crew. God, make sure you oil up the lanes in heaven because another great one is ready to bowl a 300. May peace be with you all during this difficult time.

  4. Marcela Billingsley on February 6, 2024 at 9:50 pm

    Grandma Amy was an amazing woman and a great cook! I remember I had a school project once and I picked her to give me her life story of where she grew up, the jobs she worked and other details of her life, and grandpa’s. I remember vividly me sitting in the kitchen, her cooking fried rice (my favorite dish of hers that she would make everytime we visited, and rice for Logan!), and her being so happy to share this piece of her life. I treasure each and every moment we had with her, and was the best grandmother we could ask for.

  5. Carolyn Breshears on February 8, 2024 at 11:04 am

    Meiling and family, sorry to hear of your Mothers passing. Reading about her life through the Obituary posted, she was an amazing woman. May she rest in Peace.

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