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Obituary for Trinh Duyen Phan

Trinh  Duyen Phan
Trinh Duyen Phan, 88 years old, peacefully passed away on January 1, 2015 in Forest Hills, New York.
Trinh Duyen Phan was born in Phu Tho, Vietnam on October 26, 1927. As the eldest daughter, she loved and worshiped her mother who passed away when she was only eleven years old. Her mother was the wife of an owner of plantations, forestry logging, gold and coal mines. Her mother’s home was transformed into a make-shift hospital, which fed and cared for the poor and sick villagers. During the Japanese war, millions of people died of starvation. She helped her mother make rice soup in order to feed these unfortunate people. In spite of all their efforts, most of them died even after they tried to help them. Her mother had her workers make coffins and gave them proper burials. As a sign of gratitude, the Vietnamese Royal family sent their convoy to attend her mother’s funeral.
Our mother continued in her mother’s legacy. Whenever there was a death and a family could not afford to bury their loved ones, she would clean the body, pray and ensure there was a proper burial. She donated funds to run hospices and home for people with leprosy who were quarantined on a small island in Vietnam.
Our mother donated funds to build many Buddhist temples and Roman Catholic churches. She devotedly supported the nuns, monks and priests.
Since her departure from this Earth, churches and temples in Seattle - USA, Nevada – USA, Lille - France and Ben Tre – Vietnam have been praying for our mother.
Our mother loved her family, cousins, friends and neighbors. In fact, she treated everyone as family. She took care of her brother-in-law’s three daughters and loved them as though they were her own children. These daughters lost their father when they were very young, just like her. She also promised her father to take care of her younger sister, which meant her niece and nephews would also be under her care and protection. She loved and supported her sister family who live in Seattle. She was a selfless leader and a role model for all of her relatives and close friends all over the world, including the USA, Vietnam, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Taiwan, England, China, Canada, Singapore, Australia and Thailand.
When the French lost the war in Vietnam, the country split into two. She was forced to leave her 9-month old baby girl behind with her mother-in-law. She believed that they would reunite after two years, as was laid out in the Geneva Accords. She missed her baby and lived with painful guilt for twenty years until the Vietnam War was over. During the fall of Saigon, she made the decision not to evacuate to the US because she wanted to reunite with her daughter. Finally, she got her wish to meet her daughter who had become a beautiful young lady who looked just like her when she was young. (By the way, she used to be Ms. HaNoi, the most beautiful lady in the city). Our father was so proud whenever she would get in his convertible with a bunch of her younger teenager cousins. He would drive around to warn all the young men that she was not available. She even had an epic love story that will be told in the family for many generations to come.
She loved riding horses from one hill to another and riding elephants with her father. She enjoyed driving, reading, travelling and keeping up with fashions, including beautiful hair styles.
Our mother had an adventurous and beautiful life. She created a great impact on her community by helping those less fortunate than her and by raising a wonderful family who will carry on her legacy of filial love and compassion.
Our mother was preceded in death by her parents, Trinh Leang and Peng Shy; her husband, Quach Anh Hao; a brother, Trinh Tai Luc; and a sister Trinh Tai To.
Our mother is survived by:
- her aunt Banh Vi Nu
- her sister-in law, Thach Chan Chau
- her sister Nguyen Thi Thanh
- her brother-in-law, Huynh Chi Son
- her son Dat Quach, his wife Lang Ngo, his daughter Lauren Quach Leong and her husband Franklin Leong, his daughter Andrea Quach Friedman and her husband John Friedman, his son Christopher Quach, his grandson James Friedman and his granddaughter Charlotte Friedman.
- her daughter Mindy Quach Le, her daughter Victoria Minh Le and her son Michael Van Le
- her daughter Li Fen Guo, her husband Michael To, her son Bryant To and her son Philip To
- her daughter Betty Phuong Quach and her daughter Bonnie Quach
- her daughter Linda Ngoc Ma, her husband Ricky Ma, her daughter Katherine Ma, her son Davis Ma and her daughter Jacklyn Ma
- her daughter Long L Vuong, her husband Tan Vuong, her son Edward Thai Vuong, MD PhD, his wife Andrea Tavlan Vuong, MD, her daughter Christina Ling Vuong and her husband John Inou Hwang, MD, and her granddaughter Evangeline Tavlan Vuong
- Her daughter Lucy Quach, her husband Kij Saengtawesin, her son Marine Corporal Andrew Saengtawesin, her son Warren Saengtawesin and her daughter Nicole Saengtawesin
- her niece Tuyet Quach, her husband Vincent Ly, her daughter Angela Tam and her husband Herman Tam and her granddaughter Rosalee Tam
- her niece Helen Quach, her husband Kinh Phu and her son Kevin Phu
- her niece Tammy Quach, her husband Kin Ming Mak, her daughter Lisa Mak and her husband Andy Zhu, her son Leonard Mak, her grandson Wyatt Zhu, and her grandson Aiden Zhu
- her nephew Huynh Quoc Hanh, his wife Dinh Thi Phuong, his son Huynh Gia Phu, his wife Le Thi Len and his son Huynh Gia Quy
- her nephew Huynh Duc Hanh, his wife Phan Thi Hoang Mai, his son Huynh Gia Bao, his son Huynh Kim Bao and his son Huynh Duc Bao.
- her niece Trịnh Tuyết Liên, her son Nguyễn Minh Hoàng, her son Nguyễn Anh Dũng, his wife Ananda Lukitashanti Firmansyah, her granddaughter Jade Nguyễn and her grandson Orlando Nguyễn
- Her nephew Trịnh Hùng, his wife Nguyễn Thị Kim Quy, his son Trịnh Phong Quân, his daughter Trịnh Diễm Trinh, his daughter Trịnh Diễm Vy and his son Trịnh Quang Vinh
- Her nephew Trịnh Định, his wife Nguyễn Thị Hợi, his son Trịnh Hậu, his son Trịnh Hiếu and his son Trịnh Hiền
- Her nephew Trịnh Hải, his wife Trần Thị Huệ, his son Trịnh Quốc Long and his daughter Trịnh Xuân Oanh
- Her niece Trịnh Yến Thư, her husband Nguyễn Văn Vũ, MD, her daughter Nguyễn Thị Xuân Yến, PharmD, her husband Sébastien Abis, her daughter Nguyễn Thị Ngọc Huyền, ingénieur, her husband Olivier Lecluse, her son Nguyễn Tiến Văn, DDS, his wife Thanh Xuân Edwige Ralahy, her granddaughter, Thủy Oanh Abis, her granddaughter Phương Mai Lecluse and her grandson Nguyễn Tiến Long
- her nephew Trịnh Quang, his wife Kim Chow, his son Trịnh Quốc Phong and his son Trịnh Quang Minh
- her niece Trịnh Bạch Tuyết, her son Allan Thiện Trịnh and her son William Hiếu Trịnh
- her nephew Trịnh Quốc Tuấn, his wife Lê Thị Thuý, his son Trịnh Trọng Nghĩa, his daughter Trịnh Mỹ Linh and his daughter Trịnh Mỹ Như
- her niece Trịnh Tuyết Phương, her husband Trương Đình Chúng, her daughter Trương Thị Phương Loan and her daughter Trương Thị Phương Nghi
- her nephew Phat Khong
- her nephew Hao Khong and his family
- her niece Tam Khong and her family
- her nephew Canh Khong and his family
- her nephew Cu Khong and his family
- her nephew Thi Khong and his family
- her nephew Chuong Khong and his family
- her niece Thu Khong and her family

We invite friends and family to join in a celebration of her life at 9:30 am –11:30 am on Friday January 9, 2015 at the Hillebrand Funeral Homes in Rego Park. Your thoughts and memories can be shared on this site as well. Burial will follow at Kensico Cemetery - Valhalla. A gathering will follow at New Bodai Vegetarian restaurant, 59-08 Main St, Flushing NY11355. Donations may be made in our mother's name to a charity of your choice.
We wish to extend our gratitude to the North Shore LIJ Hospice and Palliative Care for their support in her final days.

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