Kimle Mac (Mac Le Kim) Quick was born in Haiphong, Vietnam on February 28, 1951 and passed away on June 18, 2023 in Simi Valley, California.
The second eldest of nine children, Kimle was proud of securing safe passage to the United States for her siblings and parents during the Vietnam War, as well as many other family members and Vietnamese refugees. She served as a nurse at the 24th Evac Battlefield Hospital; Barsky Burn Center, treating children; International Rescue Committee; and the Guam hospital. As the war progressed, Kimle began working as a clerk at the Bien Hoa Airbase, where she met her lifelong friend, David Hays. Her last role in Vietnam was in the MACV at the United States Embassy, which enabled her to gain approval for her family to be airlifted out of Saigon just prior to its fall to North Vietnam. Her family arrived at Camp Pendleton, California in 1975, sponsored by First Baptist Church in Pasadena through the help of David Hays.
Kimle was married to Paul Thomas Quick for nearly 47 years and had four children. She lived the true American dream; beginning first as a refugee to this country, she would go on to own multiple businesses, travel during retirement, have all of her children attain graduate degrees with professional careers, and make cherished memories with her children and grandchildren. "Toughing it out" through challenges that would break the strongest of people, Kimle approached life with humor, a big smile, and an eye turned always towards the future. Kimle was an inspiration and strong role model for so many in her family and community.
Kimle was preceded in death by her parents Mac Van Tieu and Bui Thi Cuu and two brothers Mac Phuong and Mac Quang Moc. She is survived by her loving husband, Paul Quick, her four daughters, Judy, Jacqueline, Jeanette, and Jessica, grandchildren, Miles, Adrian, and Larkin, and six siblings Thuy Snyder, Nhien Le Mac, Hoan Le Mac, Quan Mac, Trinh Oakes, and Tuyet Mac.
Arrangements are under the care of Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills, CA. Donations in her honor can be made to the Anh Dao Orphanage at lovingkindnessvietnam.org, Viet Dreams at vietdreams.org, or the International Rescue Committee at rescue.org.
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