Biography – Mrs. Nguyễn Thị Hữu (Xanh)


Mary Huu (Xanh) Thi Nguyen was born on April 2nd, 1922 in the province of Ha Tinh located in North Vietnam.  She was the fifth among the seven children of Peter Trong Nguyen and Maria Bay Thi Phan.  In her youth, she was a devoted member of the Catholic Youth Organization.

In 1946, she married her hometown sweetheart, Peter Huu Dac Bui.  During the period of 1945-1954, the Communists took control of North Vietnam, her homeland.  They put extra effort in banning all religions.  Due to that reason, her husband was designated for imprisonment on several occasions.  In 1954, she and her husband took their three young children and joined over one million other Catholics in their migration to South Vietnam.  This migration journey was to seek a new life under a Democratic Republic Government.  God had blessed her and her husband with a total of eleven children, nine survived to adulthood.  She was a housewife while her husband served in the South Vietnam government in the Police Security Sector.

With the fall of South Vietnam in 1975, she was among the first wave of Vietnamese refugees to immigrate to the United States.  With many hardships, she and her husband brought their 83 year old mother and nine children to the United States, ultimately residing in the city of Everett, Washington.  Her family was among the first thirteen Vietnamese families to reside in Everett.  Together with her husband, they started the Vietnamese Catholic Community of Snohomish County, where her husband served as their leader for the first 15 years (1975-1990). Over time and with great pride, Peter and Mary watched all of their children establish their own families and build bright futures in the “land of opportunity”. The Lord blessed her and her husband with 40 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

In order to express their gratitude to the Lord for their miraculous journey across the Pacific Ocean, she and her husband collaborated with their family and succeeded in producing over 20 audio meditation series on cassette tape, with the sole purpose of bringing Vietnamese people closer to Christ.  This series of cassette tapes were distributed free of charge to Vietnam and throughout the world.  Together with her husband, they did all they could to sponsor and help raise children (other than their own) during the “boat people” era.  They spent countless hours and their meager earnings to enable fellow comrades, who were still oppressed under the Communist system, to obtain legal entrance to the United States and other free countries in the world.  With their help, a few hundred families were able to come to the US through the Humanitarian Operation (HO) Program.  Along with her spouse, she invested countless hours in charitable fundraising, mostly with the Koch Foundation to obtain large funds to repair, build churches, and other charitable facilities through all regions of Vietnam.

On October 2004, her husband suffered a stroke which slowly took away control of the entire right side of his body.  His health continued to decline and she had to let go of her favorite apostolic activities to focus on taking care of her sick husband and family.  God had called her HOME to our Heavenly Father at 11:00 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 28th, 2016.

Today we commemorate the life of Mrs. Huu (Xanh) Thi Nguyen.  She was a loving and devoted mother, always putting others before herself.  She was the most generous, loving heart and touched many lives with her presence.  Together with her family, please pray for her ultimate desire to “live in the House of the Lord”, where she had spent her entire life preparing for and with complete trust in the Lord’s promise.