Abbey Jean Almelien Banh, 2001

Abbey Jean Almelien Banh

Birth date: December 12, 1978

Death date: August 17, 2013

Abbey Jean Almelien Banh, 34, of Iowa City passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, August 17, 2013.

Abbey was born in Mason City, Iowa, on December 12, 1978, the daughter of Molly and Ronald Almelien. She was a 1997 graduate of Forest City High School and later went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Luther College, and was currently working towards her master’s degree. In 2011, Abbey married the love of her life, Dr. Luong Banh.

Survivors include her loving husband, Luong; her mother, Molly Iverson (Dave) of Greene, Iowa; her mother-in-law, Annette Banh, of Ankeny, Iowa; two brothers: Isaac Almelien ’99, (Karen) of Greene, Iowa, and Evan Almelien ’03, (Carolyn (Younes) Almelien ‘04) of Minnetonka, Minn.; a sister, Anna Canton (NATE CANTON ‘02) of North Liberty, Iowa; two step sisters: Leah Iverson of Lake Mills, Iowa, and Hannah Iverson of Iowa City, Iowa; a brother-in-law, Dong Banh (Jen) of Ankeny, Iowa; nine nephews: Owen, Alex, Ezra, Eddie, Charlie, Bryson, Briggs, Brokk and Logan; three nieces: Bridget, Keira and Helene; and her grandmother, Lois Reinsmoen of Mason City, Iowa.

Abbey was preceded in death by her father, Ronald; father-in-law, Tom Banh; grandmother, Opal; and grandfather, Ole Reinsmoen.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Abbey Jean Almelien Banh Memorial Fund, to be directed for future nursing scholarships at Luther College. Memorials may be sent to Lensing Funeral Home, 605 Kirkwood Avenue, PO Box 167, Iowa City, IA 52244.

Visitation was held Thursday, August 22, 2013, at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 325 Mormon Trek, Iowa City, Iowa. Memorial service was held at the church on Friday, August 23, 2013.