Mrs. Kyu Son (Lee) Hill, affectionately known as “Cindy”, founder of Chopsticks Restaurant in Lynn Haven, FL., passed away peacefully at home in Youngstown, FL on Tuesday, March 14, 2023. She was born on February 14, 1954 in Seoul, Korea to her parents, Yujong Lee and Okhee Jo.
She found joy in preparing meals for her family and for others at her restaurant and at home. She took up long-distance running in her 40s and was proud of her Grand Master titles. She painted with watercolors, listened to opera music, preferred daisies vs. roses and loved seeing her grandchildren laugh.
Her first business was originally an ice cream parlor called “Cindy’s Place” that she purchased in the Holiday Plaza Shopping Center in Panama City Beach. She served ice cream cones, root beer floats and Korean bulgogi to customers “in the know” (mostly officers from the Naval base across the street). Soon her savory meals became the main attraction, prompting her to expand multiple times before opening Chopsticks in 1990.
She was a force of nature and indefatigable. Kyu will be remembered for her warm smile, generosity, energy and her delicious recipes, especially sesame chicken (her grandchildren’s favorite).
She is survived by her husband, David Joseph Hill Jr.; her children, Jin Hei Philips (Peter) and David Joseph Hill III; her grandchildren, Mabel and Spencer Philips; and her brothers in Korea, Kyujung Lee and Kyusang Lee.
Family and friends are invited to gather to remember Kyu’s life by gathering for a time of visitation on Monday, March 27th from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Mulhane Home for Funerals, 45 N. Main Street, Millbury.
Her Funeral Mass will follow at Noon in St. Brigid Church, 59 N. Main Street, Millbury. Burial will be in St. Brigid Cemetery, Millbury.