Chairwoman, Marny Xiong, of St. Paul school board passed away

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SUAB HMONG NEWS (06/07/2020) – Marny Xiong, Chairwoman for St. Paul School Board, passed away on June 7, 2020.   Based on her sister Amee Xiong posted on her Facebook account early in May 2020 that Marny Xiong may infected the covid-19 from her father after her father visited a funeral service.

Marny Xiong was fighting for covid-19 at the Regions and M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Hospital since early May 2020.

A gofundme account has been setup by Marny Xiong’s family to help for medical and funeral costs.

Marny Xiong’s background posted on a gofundme page as follow:

Marny Xiong, 31, grew up on the Eastside of St. Paul and was a proud student of St. Paul Public Schools. She attended Longfellow Elementary, Washington Middle School, and Arlington High School, graduating with class of 2007. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a BA in Political Science and a minor in African and African American Studies in 2012. She was a School Administrative Manager at Hmong International Academy in the Minneapolis Public Schools District. In 2017, Marny was elected to the St. Paul School Board. She was elected Chair of the Board in 2020.

Marny will be remembered as an inspiring community organizer, a courageous leader and fierce champion for education, gender equity, and racial justice. She was a selfless public servant who made the community’s problems her duty to solve. To those who knew her, Marny was more than a loving daughter, aunt, niece, cousin, a devoted friend and sister. She was beautiful; she was a book of generosity and fire.

Marny’s parents Zahoua Xiong and See Xiong came to Minnesota as political refugees from the CIA’s Secret War in Laos. They instilled education, family, hard-work and public service in all their children. As the youngest daughter, Marny began her leadership at home and as an NJROTC Cadet at Arlington High School. Marny fought for racial justice. She dedicated almost all her adult life towards education because she believed education was a foundation to dismantling structural racism. Marny was a Union and Community Organizer with TakeAction Minnesota, and Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

Marny has gone back to be with the ancestors far away in the sky where all Hmong people come from. She is survived by her parents, Zahoua Xiong and See Xiong; two sisters, five brothers, two brother in laws and a sister in law and four nieces and nephews and a large extended family. We thank all the hospital staff, doctors, nurses, assistants for taking great care of Marny at Regions Hospital and the University of MN Fairview Hospital.