Lan Ngoc Kouba passed away peacefully September 23, 2021, due to complications from a stroke. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Norman, sons Dan and Charlie and spouse Jenny, grandsons Austin and Bailey, Natalie, Dallas, and great grandson Kasen Michael. Also surviving are sisters Thoa Nguyen and Lien Nguyen (Be), brother-in-law Hoang Luu, brother Viet Nguyen and sister in law Hien Nguyen and brother Tien Nguyen and sister in law Hanh Nguyen with all nieces: Nancy, Helen and Holly and nephews Huy, Hoang, Anthony Tom and Bobby.
Lan was born in Hue, Vietnam, and attended school in Saigon. She met Norman while on holiday in the beach resort of Vung Tau; Norm was in the Navy working with the Lorac Support Team manning a transmitter station for coastal navigation. Norm returned to Vietnam after his enlistment ended, and married Lan in Saigon.
After spending the next few years following Norm around the oil fields of Southeast Asia, the family moved to Boise. Lan worked as an interpreter for local law enforcement and started a Vietnamese sandwich catering business. Eventually the family moved to Eagle where she immersed herself in cooking for friends and extended family both at home and while attending car and motorcycle races throughout Idaho and the West. Happiest in her kitchen, Lan often said her favorite part of living in the country was getting up early and feeding the flocks of quail with day-old food she had gathered from local grocery stores. Her food, infectious laugh, shrewd negotiating skills, and her joy of playing (and often winning) card games and storytelling will be greatly missed.
She will be deeply missed by her family, friends and all who had the pleasure of knowing and sharing a meal with her.
There will be a Celebration of Life held on October 23rd from 11am to 2pm at Louie’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant at 2500 E. Fairview Ave in Meridian. Lunch will be served along with pictures of many of Lan’s most memorable moments. Everyone is welcome to attend.
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Thin Tran saysOctober 9, 2021 at 11:51 pm
Dear Norman, Dan and Charlie,
We know this must be a very difficult and demanding time for you all. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
Thin and family
I thought of you today, But that is nothing new
I thought about you yesterday and days before that too.
I think of you in silence, I often speak your name
All I have are memories and your picture in a frame,
Your memory is a keepsake From which I’ll never part.
God has you in his arms
I have you in my heart
Barrett family saysOctober 10, 2021 at 6:53 am
Lan will be greatly missed. She was a true example of service. Always doing for others.
We will miss her laughter, her stories, time shared together with her and Norm, her cooking lessons, sharing sewing project ideas and of course her awesome cooking and food! May she rest in peace.
Love, Jack, Doris, Jacque, Paul and family
Bobby saysOctober 17, 2021 at 5:05 pm
Dear Uncle Norman, Cousin Charlie and Cousin Danny,
You all are in my thoughts and prayers. I can only imagine what a tough time this is for you all. As Aunt Lan is now resting in paradise, my condolences go out to you guys as you go through such a trying time. Please feel free to reach out for anything.
I miss you so much already. Thanks for everything that you’ve done for me; from attending all of my graduations to teaching me so much about life. None of that was taken for granted. I’ll never forget the phone conversations we had. You were always a bundle of joy and energy and you are the personification of what it means to be a people person. You lit up every room that you were in and now you’ll do the same in heaven. Love you forever.
Loc Sneddon Lentsch saysMarch 4, 2023 at 12:41 pm
Since the loss of you,
I’ve learned life can be taken in the blink of an eye
And only Heaven really knows when
That person will have to say “Goodbye.”