In Loving Memory of Choua Lee Yang

On Friday, October 9, 2020 around 2:00PM, we tragically lost our beloved mother, Choua Lee Yang, due to complications of COVID-19. She contracted the Coronavirus during the last week of August and endured over a month long battle. There is nothing that could prepare us for her early departure from this world. We are completely devastated and heart broken with this loss, but find comfort knowing that she is living free of pain in Heaven. 

Choua was born on October 30, 1966 in San Luang, Laos. In 1978, she came to America and resided in Syracuse, NY. There, she met her husband in 1984, married in 1985, and began their life together in Lititz, PA. In 1991, Choua and her family moved to Menomonie, WI so she could pursue her degree at the University of Wisconsin Stout. She moved to MN in 1995 where she lived for the remainder of her life. 

Choua discovered her passion for education when she began her teaching journey in 1996 as a bilingual Social Studies and Hmong Literacy teacher at Folwell Middle School. In 2004, she became a Project Coordinator at Jenny Lind Elementary School. She moved on to become the Principal of St. Paul Family Learning Center in 2006. Choua returned to the Minneapolis Public School District as the Assistant Principal at North High School and then the ELL Director at the Minneapolis Schools Central Office.

One of Choua's most valued accomplishments is when she founded and built Prairie Seeds Academy in 2004, a Hmong charter school in Brooklyn Park, MN. Choua, who was CEO at Prairie Seeds, was a visionary, compassionate, and dedicated educator. 

Choua loved life. She was an extraordinary woman who saw the best in people. She was always able to lift others with her humor and high spirits. She faced challenges and obstacles with a smile and always trusted that everything happened for a reason. To many, she was a light and a devoted friend. Her entire life was dedicated to serving others. For those that know her, know that she was selfless and had the kindest heart. She was so loved and will be missed by many.

Choua is survived by her husband, Cha Ger Yang; her children and their spouses, Crystal  and Mong Vang, Jonathan and Teena Yang, Timothy and Betty Yang, Mychael and Foua Yang, and Amber and Kuh Chang; and her grandchildren, Sean Yang, Alyssa Vang, Gavin Yang, Taylor Yang, Chloe Vang, Feyona Yang, Evelyn Yang, Ellie Vang, Roy Chang, Gwendalyn Yang, Chelsea Vang, Mychelle Yang, Miles Yang, and Parker Chang.

*Please note: We will not be asking for donations outside of this fundraiser organized by Amber Yang. We will not be contacting you directly regarding donations. Anything outside of this fundraiser may be fraudulent and should be reported.*


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