First of all thank you for being exactly who you were. You were tough as nails and as gentle as a lamb, all at the same time.
There are too many memories...too many to put down here but I will do my best. I must have been no more than four years old, but I remember going to the Yandell house on Sundays to have the garlic chicken, grape leaves,sleeping outside in the back yard, playing football in the alley, etc...,you coming over to the house to swim, teaching us all... Sam, Deb, David and myself to dive, I think you taught Marni too but that was many years later. New Years Day was always at your house,and I do remember going to some place in the lower valley to pick grape leaves.
Whenever we were in California, you had us go to some Greek or Syrian grocery store in downtown Los Angeles to pick up gallons of olives. The plane stunk so bad on the return...
Every night, during the week, you would show up at our house at about 6:30pm, even before my Dad got home. A huge memory was that you were babysitting for us and we saw the moon landing on TV. There was a double wedding...Brian Haddad I think...I don't remember who else...I was six years old or so...but you babysat us while my mom and dad went to the wedding.
I also remember on one of my birthdays, you brought me a battery operated airplane that made jet noises and had engines lighted up. You knew I loved airplanes. I think I was nine years old.
You taught me how to add up receipts on a 10-key adding machine without looking at the keys, you also taught me how to blow my nose without using a kleenex...cute!
After my father died, I recall going down to the Economy to open up my Dad's two safes from the Palace. For the life of me, I could not remember the combinations until I actually had my hands on them. I remember you were impressed that I remembered the combinations after seven years. Believe me, I was impressed too. Besides that, I also recall talking to one of the salespeople at the Economy that day...I think her name was Rosie??? Not sure. But I remember conversing with her in Spanish and I somehow looked over at you and you were smiling at that. Maybe because you forgot I could speak spanish fluently. Have not done it in years, but I'm sure if I was exposed to it more, it would come back to me.
There are thousands upon thousands of memories...
I forever love and adore you no matter what. I have missed you for years and years and wish things could have been different in some cases and am absolutely delighted that things went exactly as they happened in others.
I will also tell you this, that I miss your grape leaves...they were so good,I was able to eat them raw! No one rolled them as tight as you could!
I am somewhat disappointed that there are no photos posted here. Next time I am at my mom's house, I will dig up a few and see if there is a way I could post them. There is a baby picture of you that is absolutely adorable. You were only a few weeks old.
Say hello to Debbie and my Dad for me. I miss them terribly.
I love you Auntie Nazz,
Our prayers are with you during this very difficult time. God Bless you and your families. May the Lord comfort you and send you peace
the Antonio Dow family
Gary, I am sorry to hear about your Aunt Nazz. In the few short years that I got to know her she was a wonderful lady who was always by your father. God Bless you and your family.
Gary and Family
So sorry to here of your loss May god give you peace at this time of sorrow. Patrick Anton and Clif Kirkland Chicago Il
Marni, I am so sorry to hear about your dear aunt. She was very sweet and welcoming to me. God Bless You. Give my best to your family.