Yuth Sao of Lowell, MA

1938 - 2023


November 12, 2023
1:30 P.M. - 2:30 P.M.
Dolan Funeral Home


November 13, 2023
8 A.M.
Glory Buddhist Temple, 24 Cambridge Street, Lowell

Yuth Sao, 85, of Lowell, MA, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 31, 2023, at Lowell General Hospital.

Yuth was born in Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia, on October 2, 1938. She resided in Cambodia with her late husband Samon Hem, daughter La Sao, and son Yen Sao. She made clay pottery and ice cream before the Khmer Rouge.

She showed great strength during tough times. She lived through the harsh rule of the Khmer Rouge, a time that sadly ended with her husband’s death. Even with this huge loss, she found the courage to take her two children on a dangerous journey to a safe place.

Their journey was hard, but they found hope in unexpected places. On their way, people from the United Nations saw her talent and paid her to make beautiful clay pots. Looking for a better future, she and her two children moved to the United States, starting a new chapter in their lives.

In 1985, she arrived in Richmond, Virginia, where she took up a job at a packaging company. Despite the demands of her work, she prioritized the education of her children, ensuring they attended school. She firmly believed in the power of education and wanted her children to have opportunities that she did not have. Her determination and hard work were driven by her desire for her children to lead a better life.

Two years later, in 1987, they decided to make Lowell, Massachusetts their home. Here, she continued to support her children’s and grandchildren’s education, instilling in them the values of perseverance and ambition.

One of her greatest joys was watching her grandchildren grow. Their laughter and energy brought her immense happiness and kept her spirit youthful.

She was also known for her generosity. Despite the hardships she had faced, she made it a point to donate and extend help to those less fortunate in Cambodia. Her acts of kindness reflected her belief in the Buddhist principles of compassion and selflessness.

Yuth is survived by her son Yen Sao of Holyoke, MA, her daughter, and her husband La Sao and Van Chim of Lowell, MA, her five grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and many nieces and nephews. She was the second youngest of her eight siblings.


Visiting hours Sunday, November 12, 2023 from 1:30-2:30PM at Dolan Funeral Home.

Funeral Monday, November 13, 2023 at 8AM at Glory Temple followed by a procession to Merrimack Crematory, Merrimack, NH.

ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. Guestbook at www.dolanfuneralhome.


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