Leang Meas, 68, of Melbourne, Florida passed away peacefully following a courageous battle with terminal illness on March 23, surrounded by family.
Leang was born on January 20, 1950 in Kampong Cham Province, Cambodia, to Hote Orn and Chloe Srun. One of six siblings, she married Kan Meas, a Cambodian Naval officer, in August 1966. When the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime overthrew the Cambodian government in 1975, Leang and her family escaped to Thailand and later immigrated to the United States. Leang settled in Springvale, Maine, where she worked at Sprague Electric (1977-2002) and raised five children. She later moved to sunny Florida to escape Maine’s frigid winters and be closer to her younger grandchildren.
Gentle, kind, and unassuming, Leang enjoyed adding a secret mixture of Asian sauces to her delicious omelettes, surreptitiously sneaking sweet treats into her cart while grocery shopping, marveling at the natural beauty of Niagara Falls and the Arizona desert, and learning more about her adopted country’s weird and wonderful culture by watching “Come On Down,” her pet name for the game show “The Price Is Right.” Above all, she enjoyed spending time with her family—both in quiet, personal moments and large gatherings—and was a calm and loving mother and grandmother.
Leang is survived by her daughter Kanitha Hay (Chinara) of Melbourne; her daughter Rachana Morin (Ronald) of Springvale; her son Karona of Melbourne; her daughter Vakthou Hoey (Robert) of Providence, Rhode Island; her daughter Saphira Hruby (Patrick) of Washington, DC; her grandchildren Alan (AJ) and Krystal Walsh, Alexander, Chinara (CK) and Kassandra Hay, and Kylie Meas; and many loving cousins, extended family members, and friends.
A remembrance will be held from 11:00 am-1:00 pm on Thursday, March 29 at Beckman-Williamson Funeral Home, 5400 Village Drive, Rockledge, Florida, 32955. A funeral service will follow from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm. Director William D. Pickens will officiate. Burial will take place following the service at Riverview Memorial Gardens, 3751 North Highway 1, Cocoa, Florida, 32926. To share memories or send condolences, please visit http://www.beckmanwilliamsonviera.com.