Charla Rae Chin

Charla Rae Chin

January 02, 1951 - April 18, 2019
Laguna Niguel CA

Charla Rae Chin

January 02, 1951 - April 18, 2019
Laguna Niguel CA


Charla Rae Chin, died peacefully at home on April 18, 2019, after a long battle with cancer. She was born on January 2, 1951 in Des Moines, IA to Clyde and Lois McPherren. She attended Roosevelt High School and then attended Des Moines Area Community College, but eventually went to and graduated from the Iowa School of Beauty and Cosmetology. She became a successful businesswoman, owning two beauty shops in the Des Moines area. In 1975 she met and married Tony Chin when they were both taking a ballroom dancing class, which they always put to good use during the years of their marriage. They would have been married 45 years in May of this year. They had 2 children, Alan Cho Ming and Kelly, and 5 grandchildren.

Charla and Tony moved to AZ in 1983 due to Tony’s work where she started a whole new career as a Historical Romance writer. Charla loved writing and published 4 novels. These were labors of love due to the extensive research she did for each one of her books. She even had one translated to Chinese, and it sold very well in Taiwan.

Besides her writing, Charla poured her whole heart into everything she loved, which was first and foremost her family, which she loved unconditionally. Her other passions were cooking, photography, and traveling. During her travels she amassed a vast collection of dolls from each of the countries she visited. Each one had a story that she loved to share with anyone who was also captivated by her display cabinets.

Charla and Tony retired in Orange County, where she eventually lost her battle with cancer. Charla is survived by her husband Tony, daughter Kelly James, daughter-in-law Christina Chin, mother Lois McPherren, sisters Patricia Simon and Rebecca Harless (Paul), brother Clyde McPherren II, grandchildren Sierra James, Blake James, Braden James, Alec Chin, Catheryn Chin, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Clyde McPherren and her son, Alan Chin.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer any memorial go to the American Cancer Foundation, MD Anderson in Houston, Cedars Sinai or UCLA Cancer Centers. Charla was a true believer in the miracles that could be advanced by their research.



  • Date & Time: April 28, 2019 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
  • Venue: O'Connor Mortuary
  • Location: 25301 Alicia Parkway Laguna Hills, CA 92653 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (949) 581-4300

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9 responses to Charla Rae Chin

  1. Tami Freel says:

    Our Babysitter when we were small children, always a wonderful and fun person!

    Tami Thompson-Freel

  2. June A Scott says:

    Friend of Charla and mother-in-law to Alec Chin, Charla’s son. Charla was a lovely and delightful person and a gracious friend.

    1. June Scott says:

      Mother-in-law to Alan Chin, not Alec.

  3. I just ran into Terri Dermody January 7, 2020. Terri told me about Charla’s passing. I was so surprised. I worked for Tony Chin at Syntex Animal Health. I will never forget the evening spent with Tony and Charla making and eating won tons and stir fry. The food and company was so good. I love you two! My heart goes out to the whole family. God bless!

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