Mai Lia Yang
Mai Lia Yang was born on June 15, 1941, in the village of Khuav Mum, Laos. Her parents are Nhia Thong Yang and Yer Vang.
She is the oldest of seven children. She has one sister, Seng Lee and five brothers: Wa Kao, Chong Houa, Joua Va, Wa Bee, and Boua Thai.
In 1970, Mai Lia married Wa Chao Thao. They have seven children: SingKeo, Madison, Wis.; PaHoua, Minneapolis, Minn.; BoonPha, Wentworth, Mo.; Thong, Monett, Mo.; PaDao, Monett, Mo.; KhamLa, Sun Prairie, Wis.; and PaNhia, Madison, Wis. Altogether, they have 28 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Mai Lia and Wa Chao along with their seven children came to the United States in December of 1997. They resided in Madison, Wis., for 15 years and then relocate to Missouri in 2007 after their retirement.
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