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Anna Ong

Anna Aleta Ong passed away on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, in Grass Valley, Calif., after a long and painful battle with spinal and lung cancer.

A memorial will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, at Kane’s Restaurant, 120 E. Main St.

She was born Jan. 11, 1949, to her parents, Alonzo Adams and Estela Silva, in Los Angeles. She moved to the San Francisco area in the 1970s and became one of the first few female police officers. She was widely admired and appreciated by the officers when it was not easy being a woman in that position. She received a medal of valor but also suffered two injuries to her spine that forced her to quit the SFPD in the ’80s.

In 1987, she married Paul Ong, and in 1988, they moved to Grass Valley where they remained happily married for over 25 years. Anna was a member of the Nevada County Grand Jury in the early ’90s. She also was a counselor for The Coalition Against Domestic Violence. In 2000, she wrote the book “Amazon Dreams” about her experience on the SFPD and her struggles with sexual prejudice in the department and on the streets.

She described her life with Paul as the best years of her life. She loved to celebrate each day with her husband walking, traveling, reading and writing.

She is survived by her husband, Paul; her sister, Amy Elder; her cats; and many friends and former co-workers.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hospice of the Foothills. Her friends have also set up a fund:

Bay Area Law Enforcement Assistance Fund

P.O. Box 31764

San Francisco, CA 94131

(Checks to BALEAF with a notation for the Anna Fund)

Arrangements are in the care of Chapel of the Angels.

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