Thongsy Vongvilay, 91, passed away at her home in Waldron, AR on Monday, August 16, 2021 with her daughter by her side.
Thongsy was born in Vientiane, Laos on February 1, 1930 to Soun and Dam Sundara. She grew up in a big family with 4 sister and 3 brothers.
Thongsy met Ngun Vongvilay after high school and married shortly after. They would go on to have 4 children of their own. Kongkeo, Kongkham, Kong Ngeun, and Kongthong. Thongsy's children were her life. Thongsy moved to the United States to provide childcare for her children. She would go on to move from one house to the next until the kids were grown. On her free time, she loved watching movies, playing cards, and going for walks.
Thongsy is survived by her daughters, Kongkham (Singthong) Manosack, Waldron, AR; and Kongkeo Vongvilay Vientiane, Laos; son, Kongthong (Toukata) Vongvilay, South Elgin, IL; her sisters, Douangmaly Sundara Vientiane, Laos; and Lap Sundara CA; brother, Khamsouk Sundara Vientiane, Laos; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Soun and Dam Sundara; brothers, Khamsing Sundara and Khamseng Sundara; sisters, Bounmy Sundara and Choummaly Sundara; her son, Kong Ngeun Vongvilay.
We remember Thongsy for her dedication to her family, her generosity, and strength. She had an extraordinary way of welcoming guests even with a language barrier between them. She was known to serve food and beverages or made sure her grandchildren served food and beverages to any guest(s) walking in. Thongsy had a well-lived life and will be dearly missed by her family and all who knew her.
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