Se Ly


Se Ly was born January 5, 1939, in Cambodia, and peacefully passed away on July 3, 2021, at his son’s home in South Carolina. Se had a heart replacement that lasted just over 20 years which was quite a feat, but it was in steady decline for the past year. His wife, Anita Ly, had only passed away in March 2020 and her passing had a definite impact on him as they had been married for 58 years.

Se earned an honor to attend the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, where he obtained a Mechanical Engineering degree and met his wife, Anita Blundell. They were married on January 5, 1962, in Austin, Texas. Within a month after becoming married, Se and Anita left the United States to travel to Cambodia, where they took up residence in the capitol city of Phnom Penh where he worked for the Royal Dutch Shell Company. While in Phnom Penh over nine years, Anita gave birth to three children, Gary, Randy, and Nina, in that order.

The Vietnam War forced the family’s early evacuation from Cambodia in 1971, back to Waelder, Texas, his wife’s hometown to get a foothold on their new lives near her parents, Alton & Annie Blundell. All of Se’s professional career has been with Shell Oil Company, finally retiring to the shores of Lake Conroe to live in Montgomery, Texas.

Se was cremated in accordance with his wishes in South Carolina. His ashes are being returned to Texas to be buried alongside his wife in Thompsonville Cemetery on November 9, 2021, at 2:30 p.m., where many of the Blundell relatives are laid to rest. (Thompsonville Cemetery is off County Road 443, near the town of Thompsonville, Texas.).  The graveside service will be conducted by Ray Blundell. 

Se is preceded in death by his wife, Anita, and his mother, as well as most of his siblings. Survivors include their three children, Gary Ly of Graniteville, South Carolina, Randy Ly of Jersey City, New Jersey and Nina Ivy of Houston, Texas, and his sister, Keav Ly of Cambodia and his brother, Lay Ly of Canada, as well a few cousins spread throughout the world.