Feb 08, 1933---Sep 08, 2022

It is with deep sorrow and much love that the family of Tru Thi Nguyen mourns her peaceful passing on September 8, 2022, at the age of 89 years old. She was born on February 8, 1933 at Ba Lang, Thanh Hoa, Vietnam. She is a deeply cherished mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She is the youngest of seven children. She resettled to America in 1975, along with her family, in Moline, Illinois.  In 1994, she and her husband moved to Overland Park, KS to be near their children. 

She is a devout Catholic and prayed the rosary daily. Her husband, Niem Dinh Nguyen, passed away 15 months ago. This loss impacted her health which required 24 hour care provided by her children near and afar. The nightly rosary and daily televised Mass comforted Tru. During these moments, her memory returned and she recited every prayer and song. Aside from her religious devotion, she was committed to providing a Catholic education to her children. She found joy in cooking, gardening, walking and spending time with grandchildren and great grandchildren. She never forgot a birthday and would always sneak money as gifts. Her famous dishes included canh chua (tamarind fish soup), cha gio (egg rolls), xoi vo (sweet rice) and pho. 

She will lovingly be remembered by her nine children, twenty-two grandchildren and six great grandchildren:

Children: Kim Men Bui (Ty), Tam Dinh Nguyen (Thu), Kim Dung Vu, Kim Danh Pham (Dao), Kim Khanh Ruf (Mike), Kim Thanh Waters (Jeff), Hoa Nguyen (Wendy), Hoang Nguyen (Danilyn) and Thuan Nguyen (Kristy).

Grandchildren: Sharon Green (Kevin), Kimberly Moldenhauer (Woody), Dominic Bui, Katie Bui,

Monica Nguyen, Catherine Nguyen, Bao-Khoi Vu, Bao-Toan Vu, Bao-Khoa Vu, Daniel Pham, Matthew Pham, Ashley Ruf, Justin Ruf, Morgan Waters, Zachary Waters, Cody Waters, Jonathan Ofstedal, Brittny Ofstedal, Patrick Nguyen, Caitlyn Nguyen, Alexa Nguyen and Teah Nguyen.

Great grandchildren: Maria Green, Joseph Green, Theresa Green, Dominic Green, Bailey Moldenhauer, and Benjamin Moldenhauer. 

She is predeceased by her devoted and adored husband of sixty-seven years, Niem Dinh Nguyen, her parents, her 3 older brothers, one of which was a priest, and two older sisters. She is survived by one older sister, Lanh Thi Nguyen. 

Our hearts are heavy but we know that our devoted mother and grandmother will always be with us, protecting and guiding us. We find comfort in knowing that she is reunited with her loving husband. 

Rest in peace and know that your unconditional love will continue on in the lives of your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

A visitation will be held on Friday, September 16th, 2022, at Porter Funeral Home 8535 Monrovia Lenexa, Kansas 66215 from 5pm-7pm for eulogy and viewing. 

Funeral mass will take place on Saturday, September 17th, 2022, at 10am at The Church of the Holy Martyrs, 7801 The Paseo Kansas City, MO 64131. Final burial will take place immediately following mass at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, 8300 Quivira Rd Lenexa, KS 66215.


Evan & Ali Thomas Sep 12, 2022

Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Sending our love, hugs, and prayers to the Nguyen family and our deepest condolences on the loss of your dear Mother. What a beautiful life of love she lived, and I hope you cling to the hope and joy of being reunited with her again one day. ❤️

The Edelman family Sep 12, 2022

Friends of Kim Thanh Waters ,Boca Raton ,Florida

So sorry to learn the news of your mother's passing. We send much love and deepest sympathy to you and all of her beautiful family. Hope wonderful memories will bring comfort.

Nancy Nguyen Sep 12, 2022

Dao's younger sister. Danh's SIL ,Beaverton ,Oregon

I'm sorry for your loss.My thoughts and prayers are with your mom and your family. Love, Nancy

Rylander Family Sep 15, 2022

Family ,Moline ,Illinois

Our deepest condolences to the family for the loss of your beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a beautiful, strong, kind and gracious woman. We hope your happy memories of her will be a comfort to you all at this difficult time. Much love to the family.

Marc & Jill diodato Sep 16, 2022

Family friend ,Boca Raton ,Florida

Our deepest condolences. May your mother Rest In Peace.

Joel Walker Sep 16, 2022

Cousins sister Inlaw. ,Tavares ,Florida

From the Walker Family . Joel Walker, JoAnne Walker, Joel Daniel Walker . Our deepest condolences for your family loss of your Mother. GOD bless and may she rest in peace.

Barbara and Nick Pirz Sep 17, 2022

Aunt and uncle ,Bettendorf ,Iowa

We are saddened by the loss of your mother. I know you will miss her every day. She and your father were the foundation of your family. Please accept our deepest sympathy. Aunt Barbara and Uncle Nick

Juliana, Manny and Angelo Ybarra Sep 18, 2022

Sister-in-law to Khanh Ruf ,Jupiter ,Florida

Sending our.heartfelt condolences. May the peace of the Lord be with you all.

Mike&Joanne Mamo Sep 19, 2022

Friend ,Port Saint Lucie ,Florida

So many wonderful memories to reflect on daily.May your family be at peace knowing your Mom&Grandmother is now at peace in the arms of our Savior.You are in my thoughts and prayers.❤️


Porter Funeral Home
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Sep 16, 2022
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Church of the Holy Martyrs
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Sep 17, 2022
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