Mary Xiz Xiong

April 12, 1945 - January 16, 2021



Mary Xiz Xiong

Mary Xia Xiong, 75 years of age, passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2021. She was surrounded by her family at home in Nowthen, Minnesota.

Mary was born April 12, 1945 in Laos to the late NengLor Yang and Xe Xiong. Mary was 5th oldest of 9 siblings.  She married Peter Xiong in 1963 and six children were born from this union, one preceded her in death.

Mary professed her life to Christ at the refugee camps in Thailand in 1975 after the family fled their home in Laos during the Vietnam War.  The family made a permanent move to the United States in 1976 through the sponsorship of St. Bernard Parish in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Mary and Peter moved up near the twin cities to be closer to family. Her spiritual journey took her to visit The Holy Land in August 2000.

Mary was self-taught. With little to no formal education, she learned English, passed her naturalization test, became gainfully employed, and founded a non-profit organization serving Hmong-American women. After retiring from the workforce, Mary received a kidney transplant, which gave her 16 more years with family. She loved being of service and continued volunteering at church, serving the community, and empowering women. She served on committees and worked in many roles throughout her life that helped underserved and underprivileged people.

Mary was extremely crafty. She loved quilting, sewing, knitting and crocheting. She enjoyed being playful with her grandchildren and simply gathering to cook and eat together. Her favorite holidays were Thanksgiving and Christmas, where she insisted on making turkey dinner to feed the family she so loved.

Mary was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and woman who embodied bravery, strength, and loyalty. Her fiery spirit and selfless example is the legacy she leaves behind to her husband, five children, 10 grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial

Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

Per CDC guidelines, social distancing and the use of masks are required.


O Loving Father and Savior, send your angels to carry the soul of your servant from this earth to the heavenly place of eternal and everlasting life. Let family and friends who have passed before in faith be reunited in joy with the departed. Forgive any wrongs that have been committed and welcome this beloved spirit into the warm embrace of your unending peace. Amen.