Duc Hanh Thai Nguyen, age 54, passed away peacefully at her home in Dorchester surrounded by those she loved most in this life following a seventeen month battle with lung cancer.
Hanh was born in Tuy Hoa, Phu Yen Vietnam on January 12, 1965. Hanh left Vietnam with her sister and baby daughter on May 15th, 1989 in order to seek refuge in America and the pursuit of the chance to raise their children with every possible advantage life would have to offer. She worked for many years at Stoneridge Pollak in Canton, Massachusetts.
Hanh was the loving daughter of the late Dieu Xuan Nguyen and Maria Nguyen of Dorchester. Hanh leaves her two loving daughters, Thai An Kim and her husband Daehoon Kim and Angel Nguyen and her husband Ezra Tandela, as well as her adoring granddaughter Eden Kim, all of Dorchester.
Hanh devoted her entire life to ensuring that her daughters grew up to be independent, educated women who loved God and family above all else. Her dreams were accomplished in abundance. She was beyond proud of her daughters, and to say she adored Baby Eden would be a massive understatement. Hanh shared everything in her entire life with her sister Duc Thinh. Hanh and Thinh spent their childhood together, escaped Vietnam together, and raised their children together. Thinh and her husband Nhan are considered as parents by Thai An and Angel, and Thinh`s children, Jonah and Melody, consider their Di Nam to be their second mother and Nhan as their father. All four children would say that they were blessed with three parents.
Hanh was the beloved wife of William Hill who absolutely adored her. Bill describes Hanh as the most precious gift God ever gave Him, and his family adored Hanh as much as he did. Bill and Hanh met each other late in life, but their nearly ten years together encompassed the kind of mutual love, respect and companionship that few are blessed enough to know. They enjoyed spending time with family and travelled fairly extensively to amazing places near and far including their honeymoon last year in Singapore and Bali.
In addition to her sister, Hanh was predeceased in life by her brother Cuong, and leaves behind her eldest brother Hung and his wife Hanh, her brother Han and his wife Le, younger brother Hung and his wife Maria, and many nieces and nephews. Hanh was also a part of an extended Vietnamese Church community, many of whom she considered extended family. Hanh placed praising and trusting God first in everything she did in life, and she enjoyed sharing her time with like-minded people. Hanh and Bill also truly enjoyed the company of the many friends of Hanh`s children who were over the house almost daily. Hanh leaves feeling blessed that her children have so many loving friends who were considered as extended family to Hanh and Bill. The house was always filled with great joy and laughter, right up to her final hours.
Family and friends will honor and remember Duc Hanh's life by gathering for visiting hours in the Murphy Funeral Home, 1020 Dorchester Ave., DORCHESTER, on Monday, April 8th, from 5-8 P.M.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Tuesday morning at 10 A.M.
Burial will follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester.