Many small acts of love and great sacrifice are woven into the story of Hue Loc. A loving wife, devoted mother, beloved grandmother, and great-grandmother, she lived her life putting her family first. Nothing brought her greater joy than sharing meals each and every Sunday with family. She was a fabulous cook, compassionate person, and a treasured friend to many. Hue leaves behind a rich collection of wonderful memories surely to remain etched on the hearts of her many special friends and loved ones.
Born May 12th, 1941 in Ha Noi, Vietnam to Buddhist parents, Nguyen Van Bon and Tran Thi Nghi, Hue was accustomed to hard times right from the start. The youngest of three, Hue had an older sister and brother. During the course of her childhood, Hue learned to grieve early with the passing of her father and her brother. Because of the loss of one parent and the other falling ill, Hue was later adopted into a shared parenting agreement. Hue began work doing strenuous physical labor at the young age of seven years old. Her adoptive parents moved the family, including Hue, to South Vietnam, making it impossible for her birth mother and sister to find her. She was finally discovered by her birth family when she was a teenager. Although she was asked to move back with her birth mother and sister, Hue felt compelled to remain with her adoptive parents to care for them as they had fallen ill. Soon after, Hue’s birth mother passed away.
Fate was the sole reason for the meeting of her husband, Loc Minh Dau (Loc A Loc). Hue and Loc were married in 1964 when Hue was 23 years old. Loc was then drafted to serve in the South Vietnamese army. During his service, Hue and Loc had their first five children, forcing Hue to remain home and be the sole provider for them, as well as her adoptive mother who had become extremely ill. To provide for her family, Hue relied on her cooking skills to sell street food in hopes of providing enough food for her family. When the war ended, Hue and Loc had their sixth child while Loc was a prisoner of war and held captive. After his release, they had their seventh child. When preparing to flee the country, Hue was faced with sneaking their youngest child and mother-in-law out of the hospital so that they could accompany the rest of the family to safety and a brighter future. Hue and Loc left South Vietnam on a boat with their seven children as refugees, facing the difficult realization that her adoptive mother elected to stay behind due to her physical disability.
As refugees fleeing South Vietnam following the war, Hue was afraid for her family’s safety, getting no sleep during the seven day voyage. They came upon hard times for almost two years while they were in the Malaysian refugee camp. Sadly, Hue’s adoptive mother passed away while the family was in wait. Luckily, they were later sponsored by Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Portage to come to the United States. Arriving on April 25th, 1979, the Loc family settled into a farmhouse in Vicksburg, Michigan. A year and a half after their arrival in the United States, Hue and Loc’s eighth child was born. Hue worked long hours planting at greenhouses during the day and cleaning offices at night to supplement the family income. Even with her demanding schedule, she made sure her family was always her top priority. Hue enjoyed gardening and preparing elaborate meals for her family and friends. Later when Loc retired they built a home in Vietnam for their family who still lived in the country, which also served as a vacation home for their U.S. family. They often traveled back in the fall and winter seasons. She and Loc wanted nothing more than to share in their successes with their loved ones.
Hue experienced great sorrow during her lifetime losing her son, Nic, in 2004, and her husband, Loc, in 2006. Because Hue was not a stranger to grief and hardships, she continued to mother her children while welcoming several more grandchildren and great-grandchildren into the fold. Hue relished in her years as a mother and treasured her role as a grandmother and great-grandmother. Always prepared for each grandchild, she would spoil her grandchildren and great-grandchildren with meals of their choice, money for spending, and gold trinkets and jewelry.
For enjoyment, she loved gardening, feeding her chickens and ducks, and especially her family! Hue was well known for her eggrolls and her Pho. Hue loved to watch her late night Chinese soap operas dubbed in Vietnamese, and she never shied away from a weekend of football with the family. A lover of all children, Hue enjoyed babysitting for other Vietnamese families in the area. Described as nurturing and always accepting of others, Hue never took a single day for granted. She treated everyone with a kind heart and generous spirit. May her many special friends and loved ones never doubt the immense love she had for each and every one of them and may her memories be eternal.
Hué Thi Loc, of Vicksburg, MI passed away on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at the age of 79. She is survived by her seven children: Mui, Cau (Anh), Tom (Christine), Phuong (Stephen), Hoang (Karmina), Vuong, Anh (Luke); daughter-in-law: Tracy; 22 Grandchildren: Kiaya, Kliricia, Koehl, Joseph, Ava, Jackson, Lillian, Evelyn, Caitlin, Cobey, Madison, Cy, Jada, Mason, Mya, Maddox, Miles, Amelia, Nicholas, Cullen, Brandon, and another baby girl on her way; two great grandchildren: Sebastian and Montgomery. She is preceded in death by her husband: Loc A. Loc and son Nic.The family will receive friends on Saturday from 1pm to 3pm, at the Avink Funeral Home, 5975 Lovers Lane, Portage, MI (269) 679-5622. A funeral service will be held at 3pm at the funeral home. Burial will be a private service held at a later date at Vicksburg Cemetery.
Please visit Hué’s webpage at www.avinkcremation.com where you can read her life story and sign her guestbook by lighting a candle and/or sharing a memory. Those who wish may make contributions to the family, which will be forwarded to Tam Quang Temple for their generous services for Hué.
The Loc family is being cared for by the Avink Funeral Home & Cremation Society.