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Sokonthea Kong Ernest

Sokonthea Kong Ernest
August 20
07:00 2021

Sokonthea Kong Ernest, age 56, of Richardson, passed away Monday, August 16, 2021. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 21, at Morehart Mortuary Chapel. Interment will follow in the Breckenridge Cemetery under the direction of Morehart Mortuary. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, August 20, at Morehart Mortuary.

Sokonthea Kong was born November 6, 1964, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to Han Kong and Kim Seng Kong. At age 10, her family was able to escape Cambodia just prior to the country falling to the Khmer Rouge communist regime in 1975. After a few refugee camps, they settled in Grants Pass, Oregon, then moved to Breckenridge, Texas, in 1976. On July 12, 1986, Sokie married Michael G. Ernest in Breckenridge. She was a homemaker and loved spending time with her family. Sokie loved her family greatly, and had room in her heart for so many. She brought light and happiness to everyone who knew her. She is dearly missed. She was preceded in death by her father, Han Kong.

Sokie is survived by her soul mate and husband of 35 years, Michael G. Ernest of Richardson; her mother, Kim Seng Kong of Richardson; two daughters and their husbands, Kristen Ernest Shollar and Brian of Fort Worth, Texas, and Kimberlee Ernest Carroll and James also of Fort Worth; one sister, Hanarine Kong of Richardson; three brothers, Mick Kong and Cynthia Nguyen of Richardson, Roth Kong and wife Sok of Tool, Texas, Hanna Kong and wife Rathna of Herndon, Virginia. While waiting for grandchildren, Sokie loved all her nieces and nephews: LeeAnne Kong, Zachary Kong, Gary Crutchley, Gabriel Crutchley, Dakota Sokie Kong, Elyse Tieu, Drake Kong, Anderson Tieu, Ritthy Son, and Ryan Son.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials may be made to Samaritan’s Purse, or the National Kidney Foundation. Condolences may be made online at

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