In loving memory of

Sofia T. Soudavanh
March 14, 1998 - August 30, 2020

Sofia T. Soudavanh , age 22, of Quincy, died Sunday, August 30, 2020, at 1:08 pm in Blessing Hospital.

Sofia was born March 14, 1998 in Rochester, MN, the daughter of Somlith and Khantharack "Nang" Sonethongkham Soudavanh.

She was a 2016 graduate of Quincy High School. She was currently working on her Bachelors Degree in landscape architecture at University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. While primarily a student, Sofia worked several summers at the Fireworks Superstore in Hannibal. She was always a dedicated and hard worker in everything she did. She was very athletic and enjoyed practicing both Karate and Jujitsu. In her spare time she loved playing video games with her siblings and cousins and was interested in video game design. Music oriented video games such as Rock Band were her favorite. Sofia enjoyed drawing and comic books and was especially fond of Japanese culture. She was a lover of heavy metal and punk rock music. She was both intelligent and humble. Sofia was a warrior who never let the challenges she faced prevent her from achieving her goals.

Survivors include: her father, Somlith Soudavanh of Quincy; a sister, Manola Soudavanh, and a brother, Raymond Soudavanh, both of Quincy; her maternal grandfather, Houm Sonethongkham; and numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Sofia was preceded in death by: her mother, Khantharack "Nang" Soudavanh; her maternal grandmother, Bouany Sonethongkham; and her paternal grandparents, Fanh and Pinkham Soudavanh.

Services: Services will be private. To attend Sofia's service remotely (or to view a recording for up to 90 days), please join us on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Central Time using the following link:

Burial: Private burial will be in Greenmount Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois

Memorials: Memorials should be made to Somlith Soudavanh to be used for her siblings education.

Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.


Michael A. Creek wrote on Sep 5, 2020:

"My sympathies to Sofia?s family. Thoughts and prayers are sent with the hopes of bringing some comfort. Michael A. Creek?s "

June McGrew wrote on Sep 5, 2020:

"Our deepest sympathy goes out to your family . The McGrew family"

Alexandre Champagne wrote on Sep 3, 2020:

"I had the pleasure to meet Sofia at the University of Illinois, in two classes, as an instructor. A dedicated student, she always seemed invested in her work and with so much passion she quickly blossomed. Often gathering surprising ideas, I was always eager to discover her creative response as she presented her designs. She striked me as a student with a mature and pleasant personality, not to mention her good sense of humor. She will be greatly missed! May she rest in peace. Alexandre Champagne University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana"

Kathleen Dooley wrote on Sep 3, 2020:

"We are heartbroken by the loss of Sofia! She was a strong, beautiful and talented young woman who always did her best to be a part of the team! Her passion for her family and their well-being was always foremost in everything she did! The Lord Bless and Keep You All during this difficult time! ???"

Gary Kesler wrote on Sep 3, 2020:

"Dear Soudavanh family, I am so sorry to learn of Sofia?s passing. As one of her studio instructors at Illinois last spring semester, I was much impressed by Sofia's intelligence, work ethic and creativity. Her presence in studio as well as her potential to make significant contributions to the profession of landscape architecture will be greatly missed. Please accept my heartfelt condolences on your loss. Gary Kesler"

David Hays wrote on Sep 2, 2020:

"Sofia was a much-valued member of our community. Talented yet unassuming, with a wry sense of humor, she brought a joyful sense of presence to her work and our shared teaching and learning experiences. The news of her loss has hit us hard. She will be sorely missed. We extend heartfelt condolences to family and friends and hope that you will find solace in the remembrance of glad times together. David L. Hays, Professor and Head Department of Landscape Architecture University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign"

Monica Beran Koehn wrote on Sep 2, 2020:

"The Beran family (Paul, Karen, Monica, MarySue, PaulDavid) offer our condolences to you. We didn?t know Sofia but treasured Nang, and the rest of the Sonethongkham family. Our hearts are heavy thinking of your loss. "

Norma Hoffman and Family wrote on Sep 2, 2020:

"Our deepest Sympathy for your loss of Sofia. Thinking of you during this difficult time! Norma Hoffman and Family"

Cathy West wrote on Sep 1, 2020:

"May it give you comfort knowing she was welcomed into Gods loving arms by Nang & Bouany. God bless your family as you deal with the incredible loss of Sofia. Our prayers are lifted for your entire family. Our love always, your friends & family here in Texas. The Pickens, The Ashfords, & The Wests. "

Renee Fox wrote on Aug 31, 2020:

"To Sofia?s family, Words fail to capture the diversity of surprises Sofia provided to classmates at the University. Her contrasting strength and wispy presence marveled us as she calculated numbers and presented details with her dry sense of humor. I think of her with a tearful smile as I remember her grace, kindness and unassuming demeanor. Only Sofia could seamlessly integrate cartoon characters into section drawings! Thank you for sharing her with us. Her memory will always serve as a reminder of the elegance of simplicity and restraint. May your memories offer you comfort in the days to come. Renee Fox Classmate "

Chris & Debbie Woodard (Savannah,,Sierra,cameron) wrote on Aug 31, 2020:

"We Enjoyed Sofia so much. We are praying for you. May God comfort you in this difficult time. The Woodard family. "