Nongnoot Wilson

Nongnoot Wilson (Srichanmuang)

Thursday, July 22nd, 1943 - Sunday, March 17th, 2019
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Nongnoot Wilson, 75, of Battle Creek, Michigan, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at home. She was born on July 22, 1943, the daughter of Heng and Luan Srichanmuang.
Noot was an active member of the St. Phillip Catholic Church in Battle Creek.
She is survived by her Husband of 45 years, Ivan Scott Wilson; Three Daughters, Barbara Rose Goodson, Sandra Jean Wilson, Elaine Patricia Baow (Webb) Ostrander; Two Sons, Henry Scott (Lina) Wilson, Scott Paul Wilson; Eight Grandchildren, Kirstie Freeman, Alexander Wilson, Khalil Goodson, Tori Wilson, Kory Goodson, Addie Wilson, Madison Ostrander, Ella Ostrander; Brother, Narong Srichanmuang. She was preceded in death by her Father, Heng Srichanmuang and Mother, Luan Srichanmuang.
Noot loved spending time in her garden tending to her flowers, she also enjoyed spending time in the kitchen preparing meals for her family. She will truly be missed by her family, and all those that knew her and loved her.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, March 21st, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, March 21st, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Baxter Funeral & Cremation Service
    375 W. Dickman Road
    BATTLE CREEK, MI 49037
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, March 22nd, 2019 |
    Friday, March 22nd, 2019
    St. Philip Roman Catholic Church
    112 Capital Ave NE
    BATTLE CREEK, MI 49017
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    Father John Fleckenstein
  • Reception

    Baxter Funeral & Cremation Service
    375 W. Dickman Road
    BATTLE CREEK, MI 49037
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Thomas R. Mulconry

Posted at 12:55pm
Memories of Nongnoot “Noot” Wilson
Thomas R. Mulconry, Jr.

I first heard of my friend Nongnoot “Noot” Wilson passing on the morning of March 18, 2019, when my wife Alice called me at work to say she had read a message on Face Book that Noot’s husband, Ivan, whom she always referred to as “Daddy”, had posted a note regarding Noot’s death. I called Ivan shortly thereafter, and through his tears Ivan confirmed Noot had died in his arms several hours previous.

I had known Noot for over 26 years when her family moved to the Battle Creek, MI area; however, it had been over a year since I had seen Noot, as she had gone through numerous leg surgeries and rehabilitation. I knew Noot had been ill, but did not know the extent as such information was never relayed to me; it was a shock to hear of her death at the age of 75, as her spirit was much younger.

I really liked Noot. She was a lively and lovely Thai woman, intelligent and fun to be with! Noot and Ivan met each other during the war in Southeast Asia, when Ivan was stationed in Thailand with the U. S. Air Force as a Security Policeman. I enjoyed her energy and her sense of humor. Noot was very engaging with her children, of which she had five, as well as with her grandchildren, and would joke and play games with them. Noot seemed to have a good way with children and I loved her for it. Yes, Noot loved her children and grandchildren it was plain to see. Not only did she tell me so, I could see it in her actions and hear it in her voice, even when showing me photographs of them. Noot’s love for her children and grandchildren did not stop her from teasing the living daylights out of them when the time and place called for it. I doubt Noot’s family will ever really know the extent she went out of her way to ensure they were well taken care of and as a result would come to have a chance for better life than she had.

The English language was a struggle for Noot throughout her life, but she always managed to make herself understood with me and I found speaking to her enjoyable as she was an intelligent and engaging woman who had much to say if one took the time to listen. During times her husband Ivan was in the hospital, I would often take her to visit him, and we would have long interesting conversations there and back.

Noot’s cooking was second to none. I very much enjoyed the meals she made for me when I visited her home, as they were always wholesome and good with a zesty Thai flair. I always made it a point to bring her flowers and candy during my visits, which she appreciated, but always let her husband Ivan know her displeasure with him by saying in her Thai-English, “How come you never bring?!!

I recall one evening when I had dropped Ivan off at his home after he and I had been a week or two together on the road inspecting various military sites, Noot ran out of the house. Before I could drive off she invited me to dinner and basically insisted I stay and eat with her and Ivan, as the youngest children had already eaten and were out with their friends. As I recall one of the dishes Noot had prepared at that time was a variety of cook meats and sea food, which one would put on a bed of steaming white rice. I helped myself to some, but Noot insisted I have more, which I gladly did. I then asked Ivan, who was already heartily chowing down if he would please pass the pepper. Ivan ignored me, but Noot thought I was asking for some of the hot Thai pepper, which she cultivated in small bushes in her home. As these Thai peppers are known to be on the hot side I was somewhat reluctant to try them. Ivan saw what had transpired and decided to play a joke on me by telling Noot, “Pick out a big one!” Noot, being my friend, and the recipient of candy and flowers during my previous visits, stated an emphatic, “No!”, and with her left hand, immediately sent a powerful crushing back fist onto Ivan right shoulder, which must have knocked him to the edge of unconsciousness, and he begin to slide slowly, but surely under the dining room table. Noot then danced over to one of her Thai pepper bushes, retrieved a modest size Thai pepper, broke it in half and with her fingers deftly ground it fine over my entire plate of food. Ivan, without sound and at the pace of a glacier continued to sink under the table. As Noot looked on with wide sparkling hopeful eyes I tasted the food she had prepared. Like a professional chief, Noot had used just the right amount of Thai pepper to make the meal enjoyable without any burning sensation or discomfort. All during this time, Ivan, with sloth like slowness continued to sink under the table. When I exclaimed how wonderful the meal tasted with the addition of the Thai pepper she was ecstatic, and then turned to Ivan, who was still in slow motion slide mode, and scolded told him to sit up at the table so as not to embarrass her in front of me, her guest.

Although her culinary gifts were not always appreciated by her family members, Noot was well schooled on making traditional Asian dishes, and on occasion made sweet eggs for my wife Alice, which she enjoyed. Also, her husband Ivan’s notoriety for award winning chili making was based much in part due to Noot’s culinary skills for which she received no accolades.

Noot’s ability to run a kitchen in her own home also extended to the workplace. Noot was always a hard working woman, and was willing to roll up her sleeves and pitch in wherever she was needed. Noot worked for many years in the local Ryan’s Restaurant, where she needed little to no supervision from supervisors, and where the younger staff members referred to her as, “Mama”, as she was indeed a kind and nurturing mother figure to those whose family life was less than ideal. When Ryan’s Restaurant subsequently closed its doors Noot got a job with Johnson Controls in the Fort Custer area of Augusta, MI, and worked until she was no longer able to do so. Yes, Noot always went the extra step to provide for her family.

Noot was for much of her life a devote Buddhist and lived her life via the simple truths as taught by the Budda, which was basically, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” In recent years Noot converted to Catholicism and I would occasionally see her at Sunday Mass before she was too ill to attend. Noot was a real woman of faith who sought to work small miracles by lending a positive hand or heart to help wherever and whenever needed. Based on the trials and tribulations Noot had gone through in her life as well as the simple good works she accomplished, many of which in my direction, I would not be surprised to hear she was beautified by the Catholic Church or canonized as a saint on her own merits sometime in the near future.

Noot kept a good home for her family. Her husband and children were well fed, well looked after, and they were certainly well loved. Noot left many friends in the local community and numerous family members in the United States as well as in Thailand in her wake and will be very much missed by all who knew and loved her.

In deepest sympathy, Thomas and Alice Mulconry


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