Family describes woman killed in bus crash as quiet, selfless

Family describes woman killed in bus crash as quiet, selfless

LYNNWOOD, Wash. – Yong Ho Lee was a wife, a mother, a grandmother and was dedicated to her faith. She died in Sunday's deadly tour bus crash in Pendleton, Ore.

The 75-year-old's family said Wednesday they lost a quiet, selfless soul that day. They said the hardest part has been waiting, not knowing and also trying to understand why it happened. It has left them with a hole in their lives.

What was supposed to be a fun girls' road trip with three of her friends instead left Lee's son, John Lee, with questions.

"Why is first (question) and only thing I can really put together is God has his way," he said.

Yong Ho Lee's three friends are still in the hospital.

The pain for Lee's husband of 50 years, Se Chong Lee, still hasn't settled.

"She has such a warm heart," he said through his son in Korean.

He said his wife was quiet but always took care of others. She was also a devout Christian who never missed a service or prayer meeting at New Vision Church in Lynnwood. He wrote his beloved bride a letter after he found out she was gone.

The reality and the days since the crash still haven’t sunk in. But a son and a husband are trying to find some peace, saying she's in a better place.

They're hoping to bring her body back to Lynnwood so they can properly celebrate her life. But like so many families, they still want answers about the crash even though they know those answers will never bring their loved ones back.

Nine people died in the crash. Including Lee, five have so far been identified: 11-year-old Youmin Kim of South Korea, 67-year-old Oun Hong Jung and his wife, 63-year-old Joong Wha Kim, both also from Korea, and 57-year-old Dale William Osborn of Spanaway, Wash.