Mary Ann Gee Young was born in Lake Village, Arkansas in 1936 and was the seventh in the Gee family's twelve children. The family moved to Houston, Texas in 1941 when she was five years old partly because of discrimination against Asian Americans in Arkansas. In Houston, her family opened a grocery store, where Ms. Gee Young helped out from a young age. After graduating from Texas State College for Women, she has worked as a social worker and was involved in the Traveler's Aid Society at the Downtown Greyhound Station. Ms. Gee Young then moved to Hawaii to pursue her master's degree at the University of Hawaii. After marriage, she settled down in Hawaii and has been living there ever since.
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