|Birth: ||Oct. 7, 2001|
|Death: ||Mar. 11, 2010|
Shuache Moua, 8, student at Oologah Elementary School, died Thursday after after contracting meningococcal disease.
OOLOGAH — Unlike the defenders she blew by on the soccer field, Shuache Moua's biggest fans could be difficult to shake. "They liked to follow her around," Koua Moua said of his quick-footed 8-year-old's little sisters. "She was always very helpful, looking after them, telling them how to do things and to clean up." For Shuache, who talked about becoming a teacher or a dentist when she grew up, being a big sister was often a full-time job in itself. But the second-grader didn't mind much. The oldest of the Moua family's four girls, Shuache (pronounced Swáh-chee) shared a room with 4-year-old Dafany and enjoyed hours of rowdy fun there with her sisters. "They loved to jump on the bed," Koua Moua said. "They would hurt themselves sometimes. We had to tell them to stop." As a bouncy alternative, Moua and his wife, Va Lee, bought the girls a trampoline for the backyard. Whether she played indoors or out, though, Shuache ended every day the same way — curled up in bed with her favorite teddy bear. Shuache died March 11 from meningococcal disease. Andrew Thomas, 7, also of Oologah, died of the same disease the same day. The Mouas are Hmong, an Asian ethnic group. A traditional two-day Hmong funeral service will be held for Shuache this weekend at the Green Country Event Center in Tulsa. The service will run from 8 a.m. to midnight Saturday and will continue from 8 a.m. to midnight Sunday. It will conclude from 7 to 11 a.m. Monday. Moore's Southlawn Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Although the big-sister role fit Shuache nicely, playing little sister to her four older brothers also had its benefits. The Oologah-Talala Public Schools student picked up her love for soccer from their many backyard games. She started playing in a league at age 6 and was on two teams, one indoor and one outdoor, at the time of her death. The family moved to the Tulsa area from the suburbs of Denver four years ago because they liked the warmer climate, Moua said. Since the move, the Mouas have joined in community events such as the annual Hmong New Year celebration in November in Tulsa, a favorite time for Shuache. When not feasting on papaya salad or other traditional treats, the little girl liked to watch the festival's colorful dancers. Shuache had taken lessons and wanted to dance, too. But her father wanted her to wait until she was a little older. Shuache could be a little shy, Moua said. But once she knew you, she was friendly, cooperative and quick to flash her beautiful smile. She would start talking to her parents about her birthday, Oct. 7, weeks in advance, prompting them about their plans and things she wanted as the date neared. "She wanted to make sure she got what she liked," Moua said. Shuache is survived by her parents, Koua Moua and Va Lee; four brothers, Shawn, Richard, David and Jesse Moua; and three sisters, Dafany, Savita and May Moua. A fund for Shuache's family has been set up through the Bank of Oklahoma. Donations to the Shuache Moua Contribution Fund can be made at any BOk branch.
Tim Stanley, writer
March 18, 2010
Services will be held from 8 a.m. to midnight, Saturday, March 20 and Sunday, March 21 at Green Country Event Center in Tulsa. Burial will be at noon on Monday, March 22 in Graceland Cemetery in Owasso under the direction of Moore's Southlawn, Tulsa.
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