Khambong Kim Somsanuk Keokham

Our cherished wife, mother, daughter, sister and aunt, Khambong Kim Somsanuk Keokham, 43, passed away on Monday, April 10th, 2017.

Traditional Buddhist Rites were held Sunday, April 16, at Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake. Burial was in Storm Lake Cemetery. Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.

Khambong was born to Vong and Nee Somsanuk on May 8, 1974 in Khongsadong, Salavan of Laos. Khambong grew up in Napho Refugee Camp in Thailand. It wasn’t until 1990 that her family had the opportunity to immigrate to Memphis, Tenn.

In 1995, Khambong moved to Modesto, Calif. where she met her husband, Manh. They got married in 1999. A year later in April 2000, she gave birth to her first daughter, Carina. In October of 2000, she completed her diploma for lab assistant-EKG Technician/Phlebotomist. In August of 2005, she had her second daughter, Kayla. Khambong worked in the labs of various hospitals throughout California for many years before deciding to move her family to Storm Lake in 2007.

In January 2008, Khambong’s passion for cooking led to the opening of her family restaurant, Little Vientiane. Her favorite past time was getting her pictures taken. Khambong loved dressing up for photo shoots. She also loved singing; she could make anyone smile with her energetic personality.

In December 2016, Khambong fell ill with what she thought to be a sinus infection. On Dec. 23, 2016 she was admitted into the Nebraska Medical Center where she was diagnosed with HLH virus, a rare immunodeficiency. After five months of fighting, Khambong lost her battle with the disease.

She is survived by her husband, Manh; daughters, Carina and Kayla; parents, Vong and Nee; many brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and friends. She will be sincerely missed by all.