Mary Vu

Obituary of Mary Hoang Vu

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the peaceful passing of Mary Hoàng Vũ on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at her residence, while surrounded by her beloved family. She was born in Hà Nội, Vietnam to the late Trần Thị Sâm and Hoàng Bá Lưu. She was one of 11 children. Mary was a kindergarten teacher in Vietnam before immigrating to the United States for religious freedom and a better future for her family. She was an active member of St. Martin de Porres in Columbia, South Carolina, and a church in Vietnam where she served the community faithfully. She was very committed to a mission to help others; she supported orphanages, those in need, and the Catholic community in Vietnam to name a few. Her love, kindness, and generosity was felt by the many people she helped and encountered. 


Mary was known for her devotion to her faith and family, giving good advice, wittiness, and her cooking.  She made the best thịt kho, a Vietnamese dish, a skill unfortunately only a few of her children inherited.


She was the devoted wife of her late husband, Paul Cường Vũ, married for over 41 years and they are now reunited in Heaven.


Mary is survived by her seven children and their spouses: Hoang Dung Vũ and Quý Trinh, Mai Vũ, Scott Vũ and Trang Nguyễn, Liễu Michelle Pham and Giang Pham, Bic Vũ, Lisa Bich Hải Vũ, and Nga (Amy) Dwork and Jeremy Dwork.


She was loved and adored by her many grandchildren: Trinh Victor Vũ, Trinh Vincent Vũ and Louisa Tse, Trinh Daniel Vũ, Teresa Bui and Mitchell Narte, Michelle Tuyết Bui, Ethan Bui, David Vũ, Sarina Vũ, Lilly Vũ, PJ Pham, Zoey Pham, Simon Ho, Jayden Ho, William Dwork, and Elliott Dwork.


Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. For prayers, please pray for her saint name, Maria.


The family would like to say a special thank you to the medical staff who have taken exceptional care of Mary Vu throughout these years. Words cannot express our gratitude for all you have done. Thank you to:

  • Dr. Kadian, Andrea, Shannon, and all the staff
  • Hospice Staff (Ms. Ciel, Ms. Dondee, Ms. Tracy and many more)
  • Father David, Father Michael and Congregation of St. Martin de Porres
  • Nephew and Father Joseph Minh Quang Phạm (Cha sở nhà thờ Thánh Phêrô) from Garland, Texas.
  • Peter Hiện Văn Nguyễn  Trưởng Ấn Toà Giám Mục Phát Diệm, from Việt Nam.
  • Joseph Cường Quốc Phùng from Boston, Massachusetts.


There are many people not named above that we want to thank for the kindness and love you have shown to our mother, Mary Vu. We are eternally grateful. Thank you.


We love you so much Mom/Grandma!


Prayers, Viewing/Visitation, and Funeral Details:


Nightly: There will be nightly prayers for immediate family the week before the funeral.


Friday, November 24th at Thompson Funeral Home at 4720 Augusta Rd, Lexington, SC, 29072

  • Family Viewing: A viewing for family members will be held from 5:00 – 6:00 PM.
  • Community Visitation: The community can visit from 6:00 – 7:00 PM.
  • Lễ Phát Tang: From 7:00 – 8:00 PM


Saturday, November 25th:

  • Funeral Procession will start at 7:00 AM at Thompson Funeral Home at 4720 Augusta Rd, Lexington, SC, 29072
  • Funeral Mass begin approximately at 8:00 AM at St. Martin’s de Porres at 2229 Hampton St., Columbia, SC, 29204
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