Farewell to Mom

Update : November 15, 2022

By Thor Aye

Dr. Khin Nyo Thet (GBNF) and Family
Ma Nyo and Thor

By Thor Win Aye

We’re coming to the end now. We’ve said our I love you’s and have started saying our goodbyes, or if you like, our farewells and until-next-times.

But while I have you, let me say thank you for all your love, attention, lessons learned and patience along the way. Thank you for fighting all these long years to stay alive.

Cancer three times in one life? It just doesn’t seem fair. And well it’s not.

You’re a good person who has spent her life in the service of others. A caretaker and healer of our youth, as a pediatrician. A dedicated, dutiful daughter who sacrificed to care for her mother, no matter the cost. A leader and the center of our Burmese community, helping recent immigrants find work, help, housing and most importantly a connection to their community. You were the mom on the block that gave all my friends hugs, kisses, meals, rides and love. Everybody loved you. And how could they not? We were so lucky to have you.

You’re the most important person in my life. I cannot imagine a world, my world without you. But in the same breath, I see how much pain and suffering you’ve already endured. I can see your energy draining and see that the things that once brought you happiness, are now belabored and joyless. I’ll miss your brutally honest feedback, your big warm hugs, your delicious cooking but more than anything, I’ll miss your Unconditional love. No matter what I did, where we were or how long we’d been apart, I knew you’d be thinking about me and missing me too. You’d always support and love me, with no strings attached. I’ve been so blessed to have you in my life.

But Mom, if you’re ready to go. I’m ready to let you. I’ll miss you every day for the rest of my life. Go in peace and with our love and blessings.

You’ll always be in my heart. I love you.


  • Ma Nyo (Dr. Khin Nyo Thet)
  • Sept. 17, 1946 – May 3, 2021
  • Matriculated from Methodist English High School (MEHS) in 1963
  • MBBS from Institute of Medicine (2) in 1970
  • MD, Pediatrician
  • Hobbies
    Tennis, Pickle Ball, Music, Dancing, Bridge, Mah Jong
  • Parents
    Professor Dr. Kyaw Thet and Sayama Daw Khin Khin Gyi (Pioneer History Teachers)
  • Siblings
    U Lyn Maung Thet (GBNF), Dr. Lyn Aung Thet (Athlete Scholar), Daw Khin Aye Thet (GBNF)
  • Spouse
    Dr. “Lyn” Swe Aye (Lynston Than Maung)
    Author, Translator, Editor, Musician, Athlete
  • Co-founder of “Aye Thet Scholarship” with spouse
    Awarded at TBSASummer Dhamma School” at Dhammananda Vihara
  • Children
    Mimi Thabye Aye, Thor Win Aye
  • Thor Win Aye was an early recipient of the Scholarship / Award.
    He wrote an article for the Dhammananda Newsletter.
    He also gave Guest Lectures at the TBSA Summer Dhamma School.


Alice and Ma Nyo

Dr. Khin Nyo Thet,
My dear courageous friend who succumbed to cancer, I will miss you .
You will always be in my prayers.
I love you tha-nge-gyin.
May you rest in peace.
Saw Yu Tint (Alice)

Our heartfelt condolences for your loss.
May she Rest In Peace in a higher abode.
Khin Maung Htay (Tommy Htay), Than Than Htay and family.

Goodbye Dearest Friend Nyo Nyo,
So glad to catch up last year.
As the saying goes ” ​ရှေ့ကသွား​လေ​တော့​နောက်ကလိုက်ခဲ့မယ်”.
We will be following you, the one who left ahead.
Love you.

My dear cousin NyoNyo,
May you rest in peace .
My deep and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.
Maureen Khin

I’m so sad to hear that Nyo has passed away.
She was so strong and brave right till the end.
My deepest condolences to Ko Swe Aye and family.
Rest in Peace, Nyo, you are suffering no more.
Toni Than

My beloved sister, you were my hero and my confidant.
I will miss you so much. I admired you most for your caring
nature towards family and friends, your extraordinary
energy, amazing courage and strength. You will always
be in my heart and my prayers. May you reside in a
more peaceful and higher abode.
Khin Mae Hla

ချစ်ခင်လေးစားရပါသော အံတီခင်ညိုသက် ဘဝတစ်ပါးသို့
ပြောင်းလဲသွားတဲ့အတွက် ကျန်ရစ်သူမိသားစုနဲ့ထပ်တူ
ကြေကွဲ ဝမ်းနည်းရပါတယ်။ အံတီညို ကောင်းရာ သုဂတိ လားပါစေ။
ဒေါ်ခင်ခင်ကြီး၏ အစ်ကို ဦးကိုကိုကြီး + ဒေါ်ငြိမ်းလှဖြူတို့၏
သမီး ဒေါ်ခင်စိန်ယဉ် Khin Sein Yin
မြေး ဇော်လင်းဒွေး + ဦးဦးဟန်၊ မြစ် ရဲရင့်လင်းမိသားစု
Zaw Lynn Dwe

Condolences also from

  • Alan Tin Win
  • Alvin Oaksoe Kha
  • Arthur Sun Myint
  • Aung Myint
  • Aung Win Chiong
  • Aye Set Kyaw
  • Bo Zaw Win
  • Chit Aung
  • Cynthia Tin
  • David Chee
  • Grace Thuzar
  • Edd A Tut
  • Florence Aung
  • Freddie Swe
  • Htin Myaing
  • Janet Maung
  • Jenny Khine
  • Khin Khine
  • Khin Lay
  • Khin Ma Ma Aye
  • Khin Maung Zaw
  • Khin Myitzu Win
  • Khin Sabai
  • Khine Lwin
  • Khine Khine Min Naing
  • Kyaw Min Thein
  • Kyaw Win
  • Lily Chan
  • Lily Chen
  • Lily Taw
  • May Oo
  • May Thinn Swe Zaw
  • Myitzu Hmwe
  • Myo Kyaw Myint and Ohnmar
  • Ohm Winn
  • Ohnmar Thatun
  • Peggy Nut
  • Rosie Mai Khin Nyunt
  • San San Mya
  • San San Myint
  • Sandy Tin
  • Sherlie Bwa
  • Shin Nyein Mel
  • Sithu Naing
  • Soe Aung
  • Than Than Hman
  • Theingi Lwin
  • Theingi Tingyi
  • Thethtar M Thwe
  • Thuzar Myo Shin
  • Thynn Thynn Khaing
  • Tin Ma Phyu
  • V Nyunt Wai
  • Wai Wai Lwin
  • Win Aung
  • Win Win K Thaung
  • Vicki Sein
  • Victor Sein
  • Ye Hla
  • Yee May Kaung
  • Yi Yi Evans
  • Yi Yi Myint Rossiter
  • Dr. Zaw Min

From the Family

Thank you for all your remembrances and condolences,
Lyn Swe Aye, Mimi Thabyay and Thor

  • Given current size limitations on gatherings, a family-only service will be held at Skylawn Cemetery in San Mateo.
  • A memorial service may be held at a future date.
  • In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
    Theravada Buddhist Society of America (Aye-Thet Scholarship Fund),
    17450 S. Cabrillo Hwy. Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

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