Remembering Sohors


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Manhattan Beach , California
In memory of Sohors Tek

Remembering Sohors

When Sohors Tek's mother was still holding her inside her belly, she had a vivid dream that a farmer came to visit her home, telling her, “I’m coming to stay with you for a short while – I’ll leave when I’m wealthy.” On Thursday, September 13th, 2012 Sohors made good on this promise when she passed away from an infection brought about by complications caused by pancreatic cancer. Her time with us was much too short, and her presence in our lives has made us all so much richer.

Sohors means Thursday in the Khmer language; she was named after the day she was born. It also turned out to be the day she left this earth after 43 years. In Theravada Buddhism, we believe that once a person reaches nirvana, they break free from the cycle of recurring birth, aging, illness, and death; we believe Sohors reached this level of wisdom early in her life, and so has transitioned from this life and become an angel.

She came to this enlightenment through periods of intense sorrow and sacrifice. As the oldest of five children, she had the clearest memories of the brutal Khmer Rouge rise to power. She survived violence, sadness, starvation and the harrowing escape to America as refugee. Despite all the adversity, she was positive and always thankful for her family, and how against all odds, they were still together. They relied on one another to make it through each day, holding on long enough to eventually find themselves in wintery upstate New York. In Utica, her parents worked multiple jobs and asked her to be an active caretaker for her younger siblings and cousins.

To honor this hardship, she committed herself to living life with generosity – vowing to treat all people she met as family, listening to their stories and in turn, sharing herself the same way. She earned a master’s degree so her four younger siblings, and eventually her children and their children, would understand the importance of education. She honored her parents every day, treating her very life as evidence of the sacrifices they made to raise their children right.

Sohors dedicated her days and nights to her four children, as they made their way to and through schools, supporting them to grow into the best they can one day be. In them, her traits live on: her authenticity and honesty, sensitivity and caring, her ability to find joy each day.

When the family invested in The Elephant Trail in Avon, Sohors put her career in insurance behind her and became the public face of the business, and by extension, of her entire family. With Sohors in charge of the operation, the business expanded to a second location, The Blue Elephant Trail in West Hartford, guided by her belief that every customer walking through the door had a story to tell, and that she wanted to hear all of them.

Sohors was all things to all people: doting mother, devoted wife, dutiful daughter, supportive sister, caring boss, role model, business leader, cultural liaison, friend. And now angel.

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