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Lien “Maria” Thi Bich (Bui) Nguyen

July 31, 1971 ~ November 13, 2019 (age 48)


Lien “Maria” Thi Bich Nguyen, age 48, of Norwalk passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m.  Sunday, November 17th with the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Monday, November 18th at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 720 Orchard Hills Drive, Norwalk, Iowa.  Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 19th at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery near Van Meter, Iowa.

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Maria's Life Story

Lien Thi Bich, the daughter of Ban Van Bui and Hien Thi Pham Bui was born July 31, 1971 in Vung Tau, Vietnam.  At a young age Maria immigrated to the United States living in Kansas and then to Indianola, Iowa where she graduated with the Class of 1990.  She worked for Norwest Financial starting as a teller and then as a loan processor. 

Maria met Tuan Viet Nguyen through her sister Le and soon thereafter they were married February 5, 1994 at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Des Moines, Iowa.  To this union they had three daughters, Britani, Caitlin, and Faith. 

Maria was a full-time homemaker raising her and Tuan’s children.  She supported her husband during his two deployments to Iraq.   Maria enjoyed taking care of herself and working out.  She had a strong commitment to taking care of her family and extended family.  She especially enjoyed shopping with her sisters. 

Maria enjoyed traveling.  She especially liked to travel to Cancun, Mexico with her family where she’d bathe in the sun and enjoy the full exclusivity of the resorts; the food, drinks and entertainment.  Maria enjoyed her weekend time with her husband, Tuan, running at Gray’s Lake.  She loved spending time with her “big baby” Alby, a yellow lab, watching movies, feeding and buying him toys. 

She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Tuan; three daughters, Britani of Eden Prairie, MN, Caitlin of Iowa City, and Faith of Norwalk; her parents, Ban Van Bui and Hien Thi Pham Bui of Des Moines; nine siblings, Chap (Hoang) Bui, Phuoc (Dung) Bui, Lanh Bui, Le (Thong) Nguyen, Dai (Theu) Bui, Joe (Mai) Bui, Ngoc (Sang) Nguyen, Ve Bui, and Zoom (Jodi) Bui; her brother and sister-in-laws, Dung, Quoc, Hung, Trung and Thuy; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, additional family, and many friends.   


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November 17, 2019

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
St. John the Apostle Catholic Church
720 Orchard Hills Drive
Norwalk, Iowa 50211

Mass of Christian Burial
November 18, 2019

11:00 AM
St. John the Apostle Catholic Church
720 Orchard Hills Drive
Norwalk, Iowa 50211

Graveside Service
November 19, 2019

11:00 AM
Iowa Veteran's Cemetery
34024 Veterans Memorial Drive
Adel, Iowa 50003-


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