Seamstress Mai Coach, who fled Vietnam by boat, designed life in Erie

Quan Tran was in the Vietnamese Naval Academy when he satisfied the young girl who would turn into his wife.

He was 22, of Chinese descent, and — as he describes it — of decrease financial class. His wife, Mai Tran, was middle class and 18 when they married in 1970.

Mai Tran, at right, and her husband Quan Tran, are shown in this 1970 photo taken at their wedding.

They spent the future 51 several years collectively until she died July 15 in Erie at age 68.

The several years in concerning ended up formed by entire world occasions and punctuated by hardship. But individuals yrs led to something resembling the American Desire of a superior work, proudly owning a small business, a supportive church and a significant and delighted loved ones.

Leaving every thing at the rear of

The seeds of her journey to the United States had been sown at the conclude of the Vietnam War in 1975 as hundreds of 1000’s of Vietnamese sought refuge from the North Vietnamese.