Hoa Thieu DeAtley
  • 63 years old
  • Date of birth: Mar 5, 1953
  • Place of birth:
    Ha Noi, Viet Nam
  • Date of passing: Oct 12, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    Prescott, Arizona, United States
A Soul Mate is not someone who comes into your life peacefully. They make you question things, change your reality, marks a before and after in your life. It is not the human being everyone idealized, but an ordinary person who revolutionized your world

After a brave battle with frontotemporal dementia, Hoa DeAtley died on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 in Prescott, Arizona. She was 63.

Hoa was born on March 5, 1953 in Ha Noi, Vietnam to Kiem and Lan Ngo. Amid Vietnam’s political turbulence and military conflict of that era, Hoa grew up in a loving family, with her brother Khiem and an extensive network of uncles and aunts, cousins and countless friends. Following the completion of high school, she left home to attend university in Fribourg, Switzerland, where she graduated with a degree in education.  

She emigrated to the United States in 1975, joining her parents and brother who had by then moved to Dallas, Texas. Here in the States, she started her career, started her family, lived a full life. Hoa’s work was in banking … but her devotion was to her family, her hidden talent was in craft-making and her passion was Dallas sports. She spent hours upon hours at her kids’ activities. She excelled at creating tasteful pieces of home decor—from curtains and cross-stitch to Christmas wreaths. She would talk to anyone about the Cowboys and the Mavericks. In her later years, before her illness, she loved spending as much time as possible doting on her grandchildren.

Hoa is survived by her husband Dennis DeAtley; her son Danny DeAtley, daughter-in-law Bonnie DeAtley and their children Emma, Josh and Kate; her daughter Kimberly DeAtley; her mother Lan Ngo; her brother Khiem Ngo, sister-in-law Hien Ngo and their children Anthony and Andrew; as well as numerous cousins, aunts, uncles and friends. She is preceded in death by her father Kiem.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Carrollton, Texas at 10AM on Saturday, November 19, with a reception to follow at the church (1705 E. Peters Colony Rd., Carrollton, TX 75007). In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration ( 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Khiem Ngo on 12th October 2017

"Dearest Sis, you left this world a year ago but we keep you in our minds and hearts and never let you go. We all miss you and your radiant smile... Till we meet again. Love."

This tribute was added by laurel larison on 12th October 2017

"Even though I didn't know her, I had read so many wonderful things about her. My wish is that the family find comfort in that she is with the angels in heaven. What a better place to be. My sincere condolences. Peace and love of Christ be with you"

This tribute was added by Dennis DeAtley on 9th March 2017

"March 5th marked what would have been Hoa's 64th Birthday.  It is so hard for me to believe that we celebrated her 63rd just one year ago together.  We used to joke at each other's birthday that I was either 1 or 2 years older.  I sure do miss my little flower.   She was the light of my life and will always be so."

This tribute was added by Vanda Kern on 10th January 2017

"I'm so sorry to hear of your loss.  She will be forever in all your hearts and happy memories.  She was a very nice person. Please accept my sincere condolences to you and the family."

This tribute was added by Dennis DeAtley on 15th December 2016

"Today, December 15; 33 years ago we were married in Dallas, Texas.  As with many experiences during our life together, it was not without adventure.  I was flying from San Francisco to Dallas via Denver, but a blizzard in Colorado caused flight cancelations.  I was finally able to get a direct flight to Dallas, albeit a lot later than I planned.  But the wedding went according to plan.

Happy 33rd Anniversary my darling."

This tribute was added by Mary Ngo on 19th November 2016

"I met cousin Chi Thieu Hoa when we traveled to Dallas for family gatherings. She was so warm, welcoming, and full of life.  We mourn her passing with all of you.  Sincerely, Mary Ngo and children"

This tribute was added by laurel larison on 17th November 2016

"I happened upon this memorial and thought I would leave candle. I didn't know her but read all the wonderful tributes for her. I lost my mom in law November 4th she was 102. I wanted to give my sincere condolences to the family. Wonderful person to her family and I can sure see all the love. There is a better place we go until the family can be reunited again. Peace to everyone and the eternity we go to is awesome. Prayers are with you"

This tribute was added by Ngo Bang on 17th November 2016

"Hoa was 10 when i let Saigon. So we didn't really have occasions to be closed .. but twice
- first, i picked her at Paris en route together to  Fribourg for her first trip to Europe for study ,
- next, we went together with wife and son, Hoa and Viêt pay visit to uncle Dong on a long and eventful Greyhound trip to FLA.
I's enough to be close to her with her charming&smiling spontaneity and her eagerness to get out of daily routine.
All our thoughts for you, Dennis, Viet and Kimberly.


This tribute was added by Queen Warren on 15th November 2016

"Hoa and I met years ago while working downtown Dallas. We became close friends sharing many life experiences and fun times. Hoa was beautiful inside and out, as well as very thoughtful, kind and smart. She enjoyed life, loved her family- Dennis, Danny and Kimberly. My love & prayers are offered at this time. Always and Sincerely Queen"

This tribute was added by Loan Loi on 13th November 2016

"I remember Hoa as a kind and loving person who has always been caring to the people around her.  Although we have not spent as much time with her as we wished, our hearts has always have love and best wishes to her and her family.  Now that she is gone, her memories will always be a part of us and her love will forever go on.  From our family to yours, our condolences to you.  Love - Loan, Yen, Tung and family."

This tribute was added by Colette Nguyen on 11th November 2016

"My condolences to Bac Gai and Khiem and Dennis. HOA is at a better place than us all.."

This tribute was added by L M on 8th November 2016

"The death of a loved one can be very painful and weight heavily on our hearts. I wish to send my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Hoa Theu DeAtley.while you grieved,continue to take comfort in gods promises at (Matt 4:5) which says "Happy are those who mourn,since they will be comforted"and (2 Cor 1:3,4)which says "Praise be the God of all comfort...who comfort us in all trials so that we may be able to comfort others in any sort of trials with the comfort they receive from God." May you all continue hold the precious memories of your dearly beloved Hoa Thieu close to your hearts ."

This tribute was added by Ai-Phuong Dang on 5th November 2016

""Eternal rest grant unto Therese Thieu Hoa, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her ". Our thoughts and prayers are with Dennis, the  families of DeAtley and Ngo. May you be consoled and comforted that chį Hoa is in a peaceful world, with our God. May you always cherish the beautiful memories each of you shared with her on this earth, with a bright smile, like hers.
With love and blessings,
Ai Phuong & Thuc"

This tribute was added by Dai Ngo on 5th November 2016

"My deepest condolences to all your family. Thieu Hoa was one of my favorite cousins back in our Saigon years. As part of the Marie-Curie class of 1971, she and I shared some of the best moments in our teenage years. I shall cherish them forever. Rest In Peace, dear cousin."

This tribute was added by Julie Nordlander on 5th November 2016

Mother are so special and even though it is unspoken, there is a profound sense of connection. I know that you were deeply loved by her and she was extremely proud to have you as her son.  May God comfort you with a deep sense of peace and calmness in your soul.  May he hold on to you tightly in this time of grief. Julie and John"

This tribute was added by Bich Ngoc Mai on 5th November 2016

"Sinceres condolences d'une amie de MC.
Gone but always missed.
Rest in peace, dear friend.
You're in good place.

This tribute was added by David McCall on 4th November 2016

"Hoa made Danny's house a welcome place for me and Danny's friends back in high school.  She was always happy to see us, and always put a smile on our face with her critique of the current condition of the Cowboys.  We miss you."

This tribute was added by Luke Ngo on 2nd November 2016

"Our sincere cry for the loss of our beloved cousin with you Dennis and family! We were very closed in Saigon growing up and enjoyed life. We were apart since the loss of Vietnam in 1975 and reunited in Dallas again! Now, we are apart again but not too long Thieu-Hoa, we will meet again with our faith in our Lord, Jesus Christ! Our thoughts and prayers with you, Dennis and family.
Luke Ngo Family"

This tribute was added by Tuan Phan on 2nd November 2016

"Our sincere condolences to your family. May her soul rest in peace.

This tribute was added by Kim Huyen Luu on 31st October 2016

"J'étais en 3èM3 et 2èA4prime avec Sylvie Ngô Thiêu Hoa.
Je me rappelle d'elle comme une camarade de classe toujours souriante et gaie. Elle n'était jamais triste ou fâchée. Ses yeux pétillaient de joie de vivre.
Je suis allée à quelques galas JJR-MC71, mais je n'ai pas eu l'occasion de la revoir. Dommage...
Toutes mes sincères condoléances et pensées à son mari, ses enfants et sa famille.

LUU Kim Huyên"

This tribute was added by Simone Maclellan on 29th October 2016

"Our sincere sympathy to Dennis & Family - we share the profound sorrow of your loss of Thieu Hoa.
I remember Sylvie Thieu Hoa from our Marie Curie high school days, always sweet, gentle  and a kindly friend.  We lost touch since we went our separate ways in college, but she is remembered with fondness always.  The photos are a poignant reminder of lovely Thieu Hoa.  Thank you for this opportunity to honor her memory.  Simone Phuong Nguyen"

This tribute was added by Anh Nguyet Trinh on 29th October 2016

"Our sincere condoleances to Dennis , Danny,Kimberly & family,
  Hugh and I , We were so shocked learning THoa passing , we are deeply saddened and  would like to share your sorrow .,  

Thoa and I were very goods friends. In our teen age years, she could have been my sister # 11 ( as I already have 10 sisters) we were almost the same age and THoa used to come to our place and sleep over . She shared our car ride to school, all the very memorable moments we spent together , at home , at school , I can never forget.
How can I forget her bubbly personality, always with a big smile on her face, never grumpy... At least, THoa  and Dennis, and Kimberly,  we appreciate your coming to Vancouver to visit us in 2003.... We had a very wonderful time together , we took you around and show off Vancouver .... When we visited  you in Fort Worth , THoa and I had a very fun time too.

For sure, THoa will be dearly missed and she will be always in our hearts. Our prayer will be with you, Dennis  and your family.

Anh Nguyet , Hugh Trinh and family"

This tribute was added by Quoc linh Bui on 29th October 2016

"Nous avions le même âge, nous étions partis faire des études en Europe le même jour, c'etait ma cousine préférée, toujours souriante, toujours pour rendre service. Tu seras toujours dans mon cœur ! God bless you Thieu Hoa!"

This tribute was added by Van Nguyen on 29th October 2016

"Hoa and I were very close cousins - she was truly like a sister to me.
She was a loving, kind, cheerful person, always with a beautiful smile.

I remember one year she sent me a Christmas wreath that she made for me to put on my front door. That's one of so many wonderful memories and sweet gestures that show just how very thoughtful and caring she was. I also admire the courage and strength she had because despite all the ups and downs in her life, she always stayed positive and fearless.

My fond memories of and love for Hoa will always be in my heart and she'll be greatly missed by all who were blessed to know her."

This tribute was added by Cynthia Ngo on 29th October 2016

"My condolences to you Dennis and the whole family for your loss. I always enjoyed Co Thieu Hoa's positive energy, free spirit, and joy for life. I have fond memories from our time together. She will be missed. I send my love and prayers to everyone.

This tribute was added by Khai Ngo on 28th October 2016

"As cousins growing up together in Saigon, and as her father, who was my father's younger brother, married her mother who is my mother's younger sister, we are extremely close. When she was studying in Europe, she was the one who bought for me those greeting cards I use to give to my future wife Oanh when we were still dating.
I will always remember Hoa as a joyful, loving and kind lady; I can not remember ever seeing her being angry or hearing her saying an unkind word about anyone.
She was lifted on eagles' wings into heaven to be with God and whenever I will hear that hymn, I will remember her face, voice and  smile.
I will miss her greatly."

This tribute was added by Dennis DeAtley on 27th October 2016

"Hoa passed away from this world peacefully the night of October 12, 2016 from complications from Frontotemporal Degeneration.  I have been blessed to have her as my wife, soul mate and best friend for over 33 years.  I have always admired her strength, intelligence and bubbly personality.  She has filled every day of my life with love and joy.  I am so grateful for her bringing Danny and Kimberly into my life.

I know that she is not alone in Heaven as she has taken a big piece of me with her.  Our love lives in my and our children's hearts."

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