陳母張佩常太夫人，農曆乙卯年五月廿一日（即一九一五年七月三日）出生於廣州雲路街祖居，生肖屬兔。父張筱屏，母謝敏貞，族大兄姊眾多。計有兄文運、文通、文選、文述、文遹、文造、文邁、文遜、文迨及姊佩芝、佩規等多人。 太夫人乃庶出獨生之么女。幼而好動，穎悟，不讓鬚眉。母氏年輕孀守，撫孤使就讀廣州市立第四小學，畢業後，升廣東省立女中，該校辦學認真，師資優良，校譽鵲起。故太夫人興趣多方，且奠定良好基礎，課餘且就宿儒深造古典文學。 六年中學期間，居恆隨乃兄文迨於假日及暑期清晨，往越秀山運動場跑步及在家勤習乒乓球，故體質強健，球藝亦有足觀。
一九七五年夏，徇兒女之請求，移民加拿大多倫多，本退而不休及回饋社會之精神，與夫婿及多位僑眾熱心人士，在多倫多創辦中加文化交流協會，歷任理事、主任、董事、會長等職，及兼任安省中華總會館常務委員，再兼主任，均義務職。 故先後分別獲安省公民部頒給之五年、十年、十五年、二十年義工獎；亦曾多次訪問孟嘗安老院。在家則潛心佛典，尤嗜憨山大師夢遊集，六祖壇經，金剛般若波羅蜜多心經，及張澄波之佛學今詮等，亦曾在多倫多於家中與夫婿開「了閒道壇」分壇， 侍鸞多年。頻年並經常列席夫婿陳魯慎主講之古典文學講座聽課及筆記。抑亦多次與夫婿旅遊美東、美西、夏威夷，加東、加西、日本、南韓、台灣、及北京、上海、無錫與乎東歐、西歐、南歐、北歐及蘇俄、墨西哥等地，大都以乘公主號郵輪為主， 然輒以未能旅遊澳洲及未到星、馬、泰、南洋等處一遊為憾，亦曾先後兩赴台灣參加陽明山革命實踐研究院研究。
太夫人賦性耿直，樂於助人，處事認真，愛護學生如子女，故親友均能深相結納，學生亦能對之敬愛有加，晚年因念佛，故更慈祥愷悌。有男公子三人，長建智，卒業於美國加州巴克萊大學工學院機械系，先後再獲兩名碩士學位；妻李舜華， 育一女一子，女已婚。次建信，卒業於台灣大學工學院機械系，俟並考取加拿大工程師執照；妻曹娟娟，育一子一女，均已先後結婚。再次建仁，卒業於台灣大學獸醫系，妻吉田幸子，育一子二女。長女建新卒業於香港大學地理系及多倫多大學教育系， 夫婿Keith McNally育二女。次女建德，卒業於渥太華大學電機系並獲碩士學位，夫婿林建。
Pui-Shang Chang (Mrs. Chan) was born on May 23, 1917 in Canton, China, the youngest child of the large family (16 boys and 9 girls) of a Manchurian Royal official. She completed her elementary and high school education in a well-known girls school where she excelled in both academics and athletics. She played on many school teams, including volleyball, basketball and softball. She was a gifted table tennis player.
She attended the University of Tokyo in Japan where she obtained her degree in Psychology of Education. During that time she met a fine young man in her Japanese language class named Yiu-Kuen Chan. Upon the outbreak of WWII they returned to China and were married shortly after.
After the war, Mrs. Chan taught and acted as principal in a number of Canton schools. She was appointed as an official in the Department of Education and was also elected as a council member in the Canton City Council.
When the communists took over China, the Chans fled first to Macau and later to Hong Kong. Mrs. chan resumed her teaching career at Tak-Ming School and St. Luke's College. She was highly respected by all her students and staff. Her strict disciplinary style earned her nickname "Chang Fai" (a historical Chinese general famous for his courage and justice in leading his army).
Upon their retirement in 1975, the Chans moved to Toronto, with their youngest daughter, Elim, reuniting with their other children, Baldwin, Cedric, Anita and Danny. Mr. and Mrs. Chan helped founded the Chinese Canadian Intercultural Association in 1980. Through the years, the Assoication has helped many Chinese immigrants receive various services that made their integration into Canada smoother and happier. She has been officially recognized by various Toronto Chinese community origanizations and the Government of Ontario for her dedicated volunteer work.
In addition to her contributions to the Chinese community, Mrs. Chan was a strong advocate for women's rights. She was the spoke person at different rallies in China, Hong Kong and Toronto on International Women's Day every year. She was a devoted Buddhist and enjoyed visiting many parts of the world, including Asia, Europe, North America, and the Caribbean.
Mrs. Chan was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease about nine years ago. She moved to Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care, Mississauga in the spring of 2003.
She passed away peacefully on June 12, 2009. She leaves behing her loving husband, five children, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Her free spirit, enthusiasm, kind-heartedness, and laughter will live forever in the memories all who knew and loved her.