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Quy T. Aversa
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Quy T. Aversa, age 59, passed away Tuesday, August 14, 2018, at her home.

Quy was Born in Saigon, Vietnam, July 21st, 1959 to mother Binh Pham and father Cu Bui, as the third of 6 children. From a very young age, she was always independent and motivated. She spent months saving her own money to buy her first guitar. She taught herself how to read sheet music and play classical songs. Music and art were her true passion.

After graduating high school, she began her journey to try to escape the country. She went through nine failed attempts to escape the communist regime during war, which led to months of jail time, but, being the brave person she was, she did not give up. Her tenth attempt, this time with her sister Hoa, was successful.

After spending two years in refugee camps in Thailand and the Philippines, they were sponsored by the United Nations to emigrate to Utica, New York in 1983.

Quy worked at Joseph and Feiss for many years, where she met many of her lifelong friends. She married Richard Aversa in 1987, and raised his son, Kory Aversa, as her own. A few years later, she gave birth to her daughter, Samantha Aversa. Continuing to further her passion for the arts, she enrolled in Mohawk Valley Community College, where she graduated with an Associates Degree in The Science of Photography. The couple began a photography business that Quy overtook when the pair amicably separated. Her incredible uniqueness and creative eye lead to a successful career.

Not only did she win countless awards, but she made an impact on many of the lives of the people she photographed.

Quy was also deeply involved in the Vietnamese community.  As a member of the St. Francis church, she joined the Vietnamese choir, which eventually led her to become the choir director for over 15 years. She also volunteered to lead the Vietnamese youth dance group and was proud to share her culture across CNY when they toured.

After retiring as a photographer, Quy’s love of working with children brought her to Conkling Elementary School, where her bubbly personality was loved by all the students.  Her staff adored her and often joked that she was always "overdressed" and wearing high heels (even when snowblowing the driveway in winter).

Quy was the type of person that would give you anything she had.  She always put others before herself, even in her last months. She had a way of making sure you know you could come to her, and that you were part of the family.  She was the sister and second mother you didn’t know you needed. She will be remembered for her loud voice and strong presence within her small frame.

Quy is survived by her daughter, Samantha and her husband, Sean Mott; brother, Mau Bui and his wife, Hai; sister, Phu Bui and her husband, Quang Hoang; sister, Hoa Bui and her husband, Jeff Martin, and son, Jonathan Martin; sister, Hien Bui and her husband, Michael Young; sister, Ha Bui and her husband, Robert Weatherford; ex-husband, Richard Aversa; and her step-son, Kory Aversa.

Calling hours will be Friday, August 17th from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. at The Matt Funeral Home, 700 Rutger St., corner of Mohawk St., Utica. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 18th at 10 A.M. at Historic Old Saint John's Church at 240 Bleecker St., Utica.

A special thank you is extended to Doctor Detraglia, the staff at Upstate University, and Doctor Lele, and the staff of The Roswell Cancer Center, Eva Svalland, Kim Mai La, Andre Short, Marilyn Brescia, and June Leo-Randazzo, for all the care and comfort shown to Quy during her illness.

For directions to the funeral home, click the link above.
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Quy, although you may be gone from us physically, you will always be with us in spirit. I only got to know you for a short 2 years but I felt honored to be your friend. I will miss our talks together at lunch, our laughs and our frustrations. I enjoyed learning where you came from and what you went through. Please know that even though I can't be here for calling hours and the service, you are in my heart and in my thoughts. I know that someday we will meet again. Kate Scott

Written by Kate Scott
2018-08-15 7:06:23 PM

I knew Quy since the first year I came to America in 1985. She was one of the kindest people I know, always helping others when they needed it. She was an independent and strong woman who always helped the community and church. She was a true leader and organizer. She was a very talented woman, and she had a good life. My deepest sympathy goes out to her entire family.

Written by Rose Pham
2018-08-16 11:52:44 PM

Samantha, We have fond memories of your mother, such a talented, beautiful woman. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family, Kathy and Rick Maloney

Written by Kathleen Maloney
2018-08-16 12:25:23 PM

Quy it's been a few yrs but I want you to know I have missed you and will always love you. I am honored to have had such a beautiful good woman in my life. Rip. Until we meet again

Written by Rick Cummings
2018-08-16 1:50:40 AM

In loving memory- Quy was a beautiful and talented woman! I had the privelage of having both Quy and daughter Samm in my classroom at MVCC. May Samm and Quy’s family find comfort in happy memories.

Written by Christine Miller
2018-08-16 3:06:55 AM