Thep Keopraseut, 71, of Marble Hill, passed away Sunday, December 17, 2017, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO, surrounded by her beloved family. She was born December 5, 1946, in Savannakhet, Laos, a daughter of the late Math and Seng Loungsalot.
Thep was a mother and homemaker, and also worked at the El Nathan Home for many years where she enjoyed helping the residents and interacting with other servants of the Lord. Some of her favorite memories while working at the Home were learning how to prepare delicious American meals with “Mother Cook” (Nedra Johnson) and practicing her English vocabulary.
Thep enjoyed knitting blankets using bright and bold colors, shopping, fishing, and spending time with her family and cooking for them. She lived vicariously through her children and grandchildren and was proud of each of them for their diverse talents and accomplishments. The twinkle in her eyes and beautiful smile would light up the room when her grandchildren visited.
She enjoyed life and the beauty of the earth. She loved flowers because they brightened her days, and the ocean and other bodies of water as they reminded her of her birth place. Thep was a devout Christian and had many fond memories at The Marble Hill Bible Chapel where she was baptized as an adult.
Thep is survived by her beloved husband: Te Keopraseut; her son: Kong Keopraseut (Wanna) of Emmaus, PA; daughters: Bounthong Mahasongkham (Boualy) of Marble Hill, Lamphon Wisdom (Nicholas) of Union City, TN, Khonsavan Volmert (Bradley) of Columbia, and Khanthaly of Marble Hill; and beautiful grandchildren: Jeanie Weakley, Robert Mahasongkham, Tia Parks, Belle Keopraseut, Tristan Keopraseut, Dylan Keopraseut, Kate Volmert and Annie Volmert. She was preceded in death by an infant son, her parents, four brothers and five sisters. She also was preceded in death by two people who she considered as part of her immediate family and whom she loved dearly: “Father Charles” Bollinger and “Mother Minna Gene” Bollinger.
Visitation will be held at Hutchings Funeral Chapel from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Thursday, December 21, followed by a service with Dr. John Englehart officiating. Burial will be at the El Nathan Home cemetery after the service.