Marie Glomski (92 years young) danced her way into heaven on October 20, 2023. Marie was born Huyen Nguyen February 1, 1931, and spent her first 33 years in Vietnam when she met and married a Navy sailor (Charles Caldwell) with one goal in mind, get her 4 children (Loi, Hoa, Phuong, and Dat) to America. She flew from Saigon to Albuquerque, NM with her new husband and had 2 more children, Paul and Stephen. In 1968, she talked her new husband into taking out a high interest loan from household finance so she could fly back to Vietnam during the height of the Vietnam war to bring her children to America.
Marie arrived during the Tet offensive so the Saigon area was in Chaos. To get them out of the country proved difficult and expensive. She ran out of money so last step was to go to the Navy Chaplain begging for help. He miraculously found space on a military transport plane full of returning soldiers for her and her 4 children ages 15 to 6 years old.
Marie was forever grateful to the American military and graciously served her military family for the rest of her life. She worked for Ruvilla Solutions providing food services to the Marines at Camp Le Jeune in Jacksonville, NC for 35 years earning multiple employee awards for her dedication and service. Known as “Mama” by her many friends and military members, she will be sorely missed.
After a brief hospitalization in August, Marie moved from NC to Chandler, AZ where she was cared for and celebrated by family during her last 62 days.
Marie was preceded in death by her son Stephen in 1981. She is survived by her five children: Loi (Debbie) Caldwell (Grandsons: Stephen (Vanessa) and Zach); Hoa Caldwell; Phuong Caldwell (Granddaughter: Khalani); Dat Caldwell; Paul (Joy) Caldwell (Granddaughters: Jeanna (Tristan), Jessica, Haley (Henry), Molly, and Hannah Mae).
Marie will be remembered as a spunky and fiercely independent woman. She credited her long life to eating a clove of garlic daily. Finally reunited with her youngest son, per her wishes, hers and Stephen’s ashes will be scattered together in the waters off of Whidbey Island, where the family called home in the 70s.