Smiling Orchid founder dies at age 77

Mrs Choo Yen Lan and her younger daughter Meilyn Choo-Jaimon, who is now the company director. Ms Choo-Jaimon said her greatest wish would be to see her mother's business etched in history as a heritage brand.
Mrs Choo Yen Lan and her younger daughter Meilyn Choo-Jaimon, who is now the company director. Ms Choo-Jaimon said her greatest wish would be to see her mother's business etched in history as a heritage brand.BUSINESS TIMES FILE PHOTO

Choo Yen Lan built home-grown bakery and caterer into a household name over the years

Smiling Orchid founder Choo Yen Lan, the tenacious yet affable personality behind the well-known home-grown bakery and catering business famed for its custom-made cakes and pineapple tarts, died on Monday at age 77.

Mrs Choo developed a cough, cold and fever about two weeks ago, and had trouble breathing on Monday morning, said younger daughter Meilyn Choo-Jaimon.

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