Cremation: Thursday, March 15
Memorial service: Monday, March 19, 7:00 p.m.
Maitrichit Chinese Baptist Church
Piya was a dedicated wife, devoted mother and caring grandmother. She was born Ng Wipiya in China and became Kho Wipiya when married. Her English name was Shirley Kho and she also used the Thai name, Piya Burapavong. Piya and Boonit (Samuel Kho) were married nearly 75 years before her passing. She served the Lord faithfully by helping Boonit in all his endeavors to serve God. They met in Cherngnim, China where they married and then journeyed to Bangkok, Thailand during World War II in 1943. She had her first child, son Thavit, in 1945 and her second child, daughter Nantana, in 1948. In Bangkok, the couple served at Maitrichit Chinese Baptist Church in various ways since 1944. They were involved in church planting in nothern Thailand and the founding of Bethel Bible Institute in Chiang Rai. As Piya's understanding of God grew, her faith in Him grew to be very strong as well. In 2006 she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Piya is survived by her husband, Boonit, her son and daughter-in-law, Thavit and Vipa; her daughter and son-in-law, Nantana and Ronald; her grandchildren: Catty, Neda, Daniel, Angeli and Natalie; her great-grandchildren: Luke, Oliver, Thalia, Karis, Kayla, Chloe, Levi, John Paul, Charlie, Juliet and Marjorie.