OBITUARY

Vui Thi Nguyen

July 3, 1930May 9, 2019
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Nguyễn Thị Vui, age 88, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother was called home by her Heavenly Father peacefully while surrounded by many of her children and grandchildren on Thursday, May 9, 2019. Born July 3, 1930 in Tang Điền, in northern Việtnam, Vui was an only child. At the tender age of 8, she lost her father to the seas during a typhoon season. The rest of her childhood was spent with her mother and maternal grandmother. Her mother worked hard to make ends meet so Vui spent a great deal of time with her grandmother. Together, the pair would walk miles upon miles to attend mass every day, and Vui learned prayers that she would eventually take with her throughout the rest of her life.

Her simple yet strong faith in God and her gentle demeanor is what attracted her to Lê Đức Tiêm. He was a dapper young man, and they married in 1944. After the Geneva Accords in 1954, Vui and Tiêm took their children and fled south. Her firstborn son was drafted in the Vietnam war and died on the battlefield. After the fall of Saigon, like so many others, Vui and Tiêm bravely allowed their five remaining children to secretly escape the communist regime in the dark of night via boats. Vui and Tiêm stayed behind so that, if seized, their children would have a place to call home.

In 1993, her lifelong partner suffered asthma attacks and died of lung complications. As his dutiful widow, she stayed until Tiêm’s three-year anniversary of his death, then reunited with her children in America.

In Louisiana, she was a nanny for many years, tenderly caring for each of her newest newborn grandbabies. Vui’s joy was in caring for her growing family. She sang to, prayed for, and talked with children; passing on sayings, quotes, and life lessons that she herself learned from her own grandmother so many years ago.

In her new community, Vui was an active member of several prayer groups and charitable organizations and continued to attend Mass daily at Anê Lê Thị Thành Catholic Church. Vui celebrated her 80th birthday with all of her living children and grandchildren, including her son who flew in from Germany and often visited. Shortly after, she showed signs of Alzheimer’s. At the age of 85, needing more care, she moved to Texas. During her last years, she received loving care from her many children and grandchildren. A faithful Catholic all throughout her life, she moved on to the next life with unceasing prayers on her lips until her last breath.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Nguyễn văn Điện (1928, 1974), her son Lê Chấn Hùng (1974), and her husband Lê Đức Tiêm (1993).

She is survived by daughters and their husbands: Lê Thị Kim Cúc and Trần Văn Khải, Lê Thị Xuân and Nguyễn Văn Bốn, Lê Thị Tuyết Ngọc and Đinh Viết Khâm, Lê Thị Thúy Dung and Nguyễn Văn Nam, Lê Thị Thúy Loan and Nguyễn Văn Lâm, Lê Thị Thúy Phượng and Phạm Thanh Toàn; and her son and his wife Lê Phú Cường and Nguyễn Lê Kim Liên; her firstborn grandson and his wife Lê Ly Việt Quốc and Stefanie Kurka; and her Godchildren: Nguyễn Văn Lễ, Nguyễn Văn Kỉnh, Trần Văn Toán, and Trần Thị Lan; and twenty-eight grandchildren, and thirty-five great-grandchildren.

Services

  • Wake Mass Thursday, May 16, 2019
  • Visitation Friday, May 17, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 18, 2019

Memories

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Lisa Ngoc Huong Nguyen

May 22, 2019

Three generations of strength! What a blessing to have had your bà ngoại with you into adulthood! ❤️

Teresa Nhu Hanh Tran

May 22, 2019

So sorry for your loss... prayers and thoughts to you and your family.

Dani Mai

May 22, 2019

Big hugs Lia. Thinking of you and your family. My deepest condolences.

Linda Ngoc Bich Nguyen

May 22, 2019

Sorry for your loss. Our condolences to you and your family.

Lincoln Nguyen

May 21, 2019

I had a good time when I took Bà Cố to the backyard for the last time. We sat outside and talked. Mommy took some pictures of Bà and me. I knew she loved children because when I came into the room she smiled. Even though she cannot remember anything, she still lives children. When we go through hard times, Bà is still watching from above, hopefully knowzing that we love her more than anything. I fed her lunch once and she liked it. I think she didn’t just like the food, but she also liked that we were there with her. We can pray to God to forgive her sins we can also make sacrifices for Bà to show that we love her. We are all missing you Bà Cố.

Martin Nguyen

May 19, 2019

Grandma’s constant prayer and the sound of her rosary is something that I don’t think I’ll ever forget. The feeling of strength that came from every hug, kiss, and word is something that is indescribable. Grandma taught me how to be compassionate, selfless, and strong in my faith. Although many times I may falter, I know that I can always think back to her memory to keep myself on the right track. The love that she brought into a room was contagious, and I pray that her love continues to radiate throughout our family, and that she is finally at rest.

I love you Grandma.

Kiet.

binh ta

May 17, 2019

Lạy Chúa, con cảm ơn tình thương nhiệm mầu của Chúa, đã gởi xuống thế giới chúng con một thiên thần hơn 80 năm ... Đúng như tên gọi, thiên thần thật VUI, đơn sơ, thánh thiện, giầu lòng nhân ái!

Mỗi lần gặp bà, con thấy Chúa rõ hơn ... con hiểu hơn hình dạng và trái tim thiên thần như thế nào rồi. Thế giới chúng con hạnh phúc hơn, đẹp hơn, đầy tình người hơn bởi vì có thiên thần VUI vẻ sống ở đó. Hôm nay thiên thần trở về NHÀ / THIÊN QUỐC, thế giới chúng con tự nhiên cảm thấy trống rỗng, nghèo nàn hơn! Chúa ơi, xin cho chúng con sống niềm hy vọng là thiên thần đó vẫn mãi yêu thương và phù hộ cho chúng con trên Thiên Quốc!

Xin gởi lại Thiên Chúa Ba Ngôi, Đức Mẹ và các Thần Thánh “Nụ Cười Nguyen T. VUI, bé nhỏ!

Carter Nguyen

May 17, 2019

I miss Bà Cố. I wish she was here. I am very very sad. She was always smiling when I hugged her. I pray that she goes to heaven. I love you Bà Cố. 😣

Le-Thu Nguyen

May 16, 2019

My first time ever massaging your legs with the cool looking ice cream shape massager, I was hurting you but you didn't tell me so that i wont feel sad so instead you said, "Con let me show you how to use the massager. You would take my hand and guide with yours and say try to avoid the top of my knee caps and go around the knee caps, it feels a lot better. A funny memory that I had was when I just given birth to Natalie, my mom had me on a very very and i mean very strict diet, I was bed ridden and not always to eat anything that she disnt cooked. I beggged Mimi, please please I want real food can you get me popeyes. Mimi was very hesitant to do it because she was good one. But she felt so bad for me, so you bought it and had to somehow run the food passed my mom. She made it to me safe and sound. I was like yum chicken time but right when i put the chicken towards my mouth grandma walked in. What are you doing con with a facial expressions i cant forget that i almost dropped my chicken. Grandma said give that to me, you know you cant have that. Its for your own good and I found out she ate it though. Lol Grandma, when people say a smile can light up a whole room that is your super power. People tell me, "how are you so cheerful all the time or I wasn't having a good day but your smile and cheerfulness flipped my bad day to a good day. I believe I get that infectious cheerful smile from you. You just bring joy wherever you are. You are such a cool grandma and just let life flow. If life dont go your way, just keep smiling. We love you past, present, and to infinity and beyond. There’s a saying, another loved one has gone to heaven and so we have a bigger part of heaven in our lives. Our Angel, please rest in peace, and forever watch over us like you always have. You will forever stay in our hearts!!!

Le-Thu Nguyen

May 16, 2019

What can I say to describe you and the time that I have been privileged to have with you. You are one of a kind. You are the O.G. Original Gangsta Grandma. Grandma, you have been an angel sent from heaven. You have given birth to 9 wonderful children. Those of whom you taught hard work, kindness, faith, and how an endless heart filled with love truly means. You have helped shape, create and guide 3 generations and each one has learned to enjoy life, love, laughter, and happiness. You are grandma who loves American Food more than Vietnamese Food like Popeyes' chicken and mash potatoes, pizza, & just whatever sweets my sisters and I conjured up for you. I learned to love porridge because of you. You'd walk to the fridge and say the best and only way to make porridge is with the small chicken this one con which i later learned it was cornish game hen. You made porridge sound and just taste so good. As my sisters and I grew up, we were able to cook for you. From breakfast foods, totino's pizza, gyoza(japanese dumplings), & roti with your jam filling. As you can see grandma, you just enjoyed life and you never complain or raise a voice. You use your gentle words to help us understand the reasons why we should do something or not do something. If you see someone getting upset, you would slickly wave them to you and come whisper in their ear. Con, you should pick your battles. What good will it do if you argue. The way you say it somehow makes the person feel at ease, calm down, and forget/let go of whatever it was. Especially me grandma you know that I am quite stubborn. But for me even if you are teaching me I never can get mad because you try to listen to why I feel the wayI feel with no judgement or like I'm at fault. You show concern for my feelings. But I didn't just have moments of teachings from you, I was able to have time with you massaging your legs and hearing your unforgetable stories of the past with so much emphasis & excitement. I felt like I was there. Pt1

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