OBITUARY

Koy Hiang Saeliow

April 14, 1945September 16, 2020
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“Those we love don’t go away. They walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near, so loved, so missed, so very dear.”

She was so humble, soft spoken, patient, kind, generous, and her heart overflowed with unconditional love for others. Her selfless character truly reflected that of her Savior, Christ Jesus. She had an unforgettable smile that would bring comfort to those around her. She is so greatly missed by many.

On September 16, 2020 in Seattle, Washington, Koy Hiang Saeliow (age 75) was reunited with her adoring husband of 49 years, Seng Kouan Saechao in heaven as her granddaughter, Nadia sat by her side during her peaceful sleep. Koy was predeceased by her sisters, Mui Hiang and Fuey Hiang. She is survived by her brothers, Chan Hin and Chan Wa; her sisters, Kae Hiang, Yian Hiang, Farm Hiang, and Nging Chieng; and her children, Muang Kouan, Lily (Shi), Elizabeth (Michael), Nai Kouan (Muang Fin), Chai Kouan, Fouei Kouan (Sanh), and John. Koy will also be remembered by her 29 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren as well as all those who loved her.

Koy was born on April 14, 1945 in Louang Namtha, Laos to Chiem Hiang Saelio and Nai Liam Saefong. She had two stepmothers, Farm Cho and Lai Yao. At a very young age she met her husband, Seng Kouan, who believed she was the most beautiful woman and often praised about her beauty to others. He earned her hand in marriage by working for her parents for three years and they married in 1960. Koy came to know the Lord after her third eldest daughter, Elizabeth became severely ill in 1975. Life was not easy for Koy, but her strength came from the Lord and she learned that God’s grace had been upon her through all her trials. Escaping the Secret War in Laos, Koy and her family took refuge in Thailand until 1980 when they were approved to come to the United States. They first landed in Washington, but after a short time her family resettled in California where Koy attended English and Reading classes in Berkley. She earned her citizenship in 1996. As her children moved out of state, she eventually followed; first to Oregon and then returning to Washington where she lived with her youngest daughter, Fouei Kouan who cared for her with much love during the last years of her life. Koy was excited to be able to travel and experience Hawaii in 2009 before she left to be with the Lord.

One of the greatest lessons Koy taught her eldest son, Chai was forgiveness. She taught him the importance of mending broken bridges and he will be forever grateful. Her daughter, Elizabeth remembers the life-long lessons taught by her mother, always forgive and extend love, especially to your family members; and always care for those who are less fortunate. Koy was talented in gardening, embroidery, and hand stitching. She loved reading the bible as well as communing in praise and worship. Koy enjoyed watching Chinese folklore, creating, and listening to traditional storytelling Iu-Mienh songs.

Koy will be laid to rest beside her husband, Seng Kouan at the Greenwood Memorial Park- Renton, WA.

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Nadia Schmitz

October 17, 2020

Grandma,
Thank you so much for your love. I miss you and grandpa so much! It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a month now since you left to be with the Lord and to reunite with grandpa. I feel both peace and sorrow, all at the same time. I can hardly wait to see you guys again. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about what it was like, living with you guys and being cared for by you guys. Where ever I am, when I think of home, I’ve always thought of being back with you guys.

I would not be who I am today if it weren’t for you and grandpa. Thank you for loving me unconditionally. Thank you for showing me what humility and gratitude is. I look up to you so much. Your kind soul and soft-spoken attitude, your graceful smile, your unending love. You and grandpa did a great job raising your family with so much love. Even though we were poor, I never knew. All I remember was feeling so secure with love from you guys. I wish things were different here on earth. I wish we could have had more time together. I wish my children could have had the opportunity to know you guys more. I can only hope that one day, I will be able to live up to your parenting and upraising of your family. That my children can come to know the Lord through my leading and example.

You were so strong, enduring so much, and for that your family is so grateful to have had you as a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt. Words will never be able to express how much I appreciate you. I wish there was more that I could have done while you were here to make things easier for you. I know you and grandpa are watching over me, but there are times I wish I could see you face to face still. Thank you for loving me. I love you and miss you, so, so much.
Until we meet again, love always,
Nadia

Nadia Schmitz

October 17, 2020

I know I come from a little bit of a different background from my siblings, but truly, I come from a little bit of a different background from everyone. I have/had grandparents to thank for that. The foundation of my life or early childhood years if you will, were built by grandparents when they took me in as their own. I felt as if I received love from them as both a daughter and granddaughter. We had a routine at night, wash up, including our feet, I’d always climb into bed with them and we prayed every night before falling asleep. I remember growing alongside Fouei, John, and Nai as if they were my siblings. I feel like Chai was always out with his friends. I don’t remember seeing my mom much until after she met my dad and we moved out of grandparents home. I don’t have any resentment or any ill feelings for the unfortunate events that may have happened in my life. Grandparents have taught me to always look towards the good. Love all and forgive, right? What I remember about grandma was her soft spoken, humble, kind, and gentle soul that gave unconditional love to all. Her smile was always so comforting, I always felt so safe with her. She was like a guardian angel, watching as I spent most of my time with grandpa. And now, they’re reunited again, in heaven. Thank you, grandma and grandpa for being the amazing people you were and blessing us with your overflowing love. Thank you for sacrificing so much and bringing the family to the states so that we could have a better life. Thank you for instilling the faith I have in me because I would not have survived without it. It breaks my heart to have to say goodbye for now. I miss them both so much, but I know they’re watching down from heaven and how lucky am I? To have two amazing guardian angels now? How lucky are we all?

Sarah Phan

October 2, 2020

Thank you grandma for taking care of me as a child. I know I was wild and difficult! You taught me patience and kindness, but also how to be a badass. I miss you dearly. I can’t wait to watch Texas Walker Ranger with you and grandpa when I join you one day. Maybe we can cook Og mien food because I never had the opportunity to learn from you.

Elizabeth Phan

October 2, 2020

Mom, I am a better me because of you, dad, and grandma. You and dad risked your lives to bring your family to the United States for freedom; where milk and honey flows. When I was in grade school, grandma was my morning alarm clock. She woke me up on time for school. She taught me and encouraged me to endure and have tenacity to achieve my goals. As an adult, you and dad were both my Angel parents that God sent me. Your unconditional love towards me and my family gave me the opportunity to gained my achievements. For that I am forever grateful. You have taught me a life long lesson to love others, to care for others, to be humble, to have patience, always forgive and extend love, especially to your family members; and always care for those who are less fortunate. Through you, dad, and grandma, I’ve learned to love others without judgements. You have forever changed me to become more than I thought I could be. You have showed and shared love with an abundance of generosity toward myself, my family, and others. You are genuinely an Angel on earth to your family and others. I am forever grateful to have been touched and loved by you and honored to be your daughter. Until we meet again, please extend my love and hug to dad, grandparents, and to auntie.

Sandy Saechao Anderson

October 1, 2020

Grandma,
You will be forever missed. I know one day we will meet again. I know you're in heaven with grandpa, and catching up on the many years you guys were unable to see eachother and to hold eachother. Be sure to give grandpa and my dad a hug from me.

Love you,
Sandy Saechao Anderson

Samson Saechao

October 1, 2020

My grandma was the sweetest, soft spoken and the most kind hearted person I know.
She had a great sense of humor and a contagious laugh.
I loved making her laugh and listening to her stories about life in the homeland.
Most people grew up with both grandparents from both sides of their parents. My siblings and I grew up with just one grandma and grandpa. So they were loved twice as much.
Eventhough you are not here physically, your memories and love will live on forever.
We miss you and love you always gma

Elizabeth Phan

October 1, 2020

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