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Ngo, Xuan Han of Bena, was able to see her beloved family the last time and passed peacefully in her sleep on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2018.

She was born in Hanoi, Vietnam. She was a devoted Buddhist, generous and kind mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a homemaker, talented seamstress, excellent and creative cook. She learned how to make many specialty dishes by observing and supervising her parents’ chef. She did not enjoy cooking, but had spent many hours preparing, cooking wonderful meals for her extended families, friends, and acquaintances. She was a perfectionist. Her motto was that food must be well presented in addition to taste.  No one would leave without having a full and satisfied stomach. She was very adventurous and would try any new dish once. If she liked the dish, she would explore and learned how to make the dish. She was crafty and often made the traditional “ao dai” for family members and friends.  She made her daughter’s “ao dai” wedding dress. 

She left Vietnam with her husband and daughter in 1975 and came to reside in Virginia under the generous sponsorship of the late Edwin A. Joseph of Gloucester. She resided with her daughter and son-in-law in Gloucester until dementia robbed her of her independence and spent her remaining life in long-term care. We are forever grateful for her love, generosity, kindness and miss her greatly.

She was preceded in death by husband, Tran, Giao Nang; two brothers and sisters-in-law and four sisters and brothers- in-law; father, Ngo, Giuc Bang; mother, Le, Vuong Thi. She was the last one in the family to complete the journey.

She is survived by daughter, Tran, Hoa Anh; son-in-law, Vu, Nam Duc; granddaughter, Lund, Ngoc Boi and her husband Lund, Jason Nicholas; great-grandsons, Lund, Tyler Vu, Lund, Owen Khai, Lund, Eli Minh, and a fourth soon to be born; her grandson, Vu, Chau Boi; six nephews and nieces and their extended families residing in the U.S.; three nephews and nieces and their extended families residing in Canada; one nephew and his extended family residing in France; and one nephew and his extended family residing in Belgium; along with many nieces, cousins and friends residing in Vietnam.

A homegoing service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at Hogg Funeral Home, Gloucester Point. Interment will be private. The family will receive friends from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, at the funeral home. Friends and family attending the service are invited to attend a reception at the residence following the service.

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