Huong Dinh of Charlottesville, Virginia was sent to heaven on January 12, 2024. She was a devoted wife and beloved mother of five children. She was a compassionate and talented woman who was loved by many people.
Huong was a brave and determined person who overcame any challenges that came her way. When she was a young child in Vietnam, she lost most of her family when a bomb fell on their house. She and her mother were the only survivors. As the only child, she was committed to taking care of her mother. Since she was a naturally talented chef, baker, and seamstress, she provided a good life for her mother by making all of her tasty creations while tailoring and designing clothes.
While working in the U.S. Air Force, she raised her children as well as took care of her husband’s parents, siblings, cousins, and other relatives. Her strength carried the family during the Vietnam War and all the hardships they endured. Her wisdom and faith in God kept the family safe when they fled Vietnam by boat to build a better life in the U.S.
Even though it was difficult to start all over in a new country, Huong continued to persevere to create a life for her family that was filled with love, laughter, and joy. She had an unstoppable spirit and was a hard worker who worked multiple jobs as a chef and later transitioned into a career as a seamstress. She was always grateful for all the blessings and help she received along the way. She shared these blessings with those around her and happily assisted others in a time of need.
Huong was a wonderful mother who made sure her children had everything they needed to build a strong foundation. She always had warm hugs, fun conversations, and a hot meal ready to comfort and brighten the day for her children, friends, neighbors, and other UVA students who needed a home-cooked meal. She was also a mother figure to many people in the grocery stores, banks, and throughout the community who loved to call her “Mom” or “Grandma”.
Huong will always be remembered as an amazing chef, skilled seamstress, animal lover, devout Catholic, and wonderful singer. Anyone who knows her will always remember her beautiful smile, how much she loved to laugh, and her kindness to all animals. She is survived by her husband, two sons, and three daughters.
The family will welcome friends, neighbors, and loved ones for a Viewing & Visitation from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, January 26, 2024, at Hill & Wood Funeral Service. The 10:00 a.m. Eulogy Period and 10:30 a.m. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2024, at the Church of the Incarnation followed by a 12:00 p.m. graveside interment service at Holly Memorial Gardens.
A special thank you to all the family, friends, and neighbors who filled Huong’s life with light, love, and positivity.
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