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Resident of Lowell; age 90
LOWELL -- Miriam Abodeely, age 90, died suddenly on Sunday, February 12, 2012, at her apartment in Downtown Lowell. She had been a resident of the Acre section of Lowell until a fire engulfed her home in 1993.
She was born in Syria on September 12, 1921 daughter of the late Michael and Nahie "Nellie" (Missad) Abodeely. She immigrated to Lowell in 1923 with her parents and sister, Jeanette.
She was educated in the Lowell public school system and took many courses at Lowell Technological Institute post-graduation. Later, she attended Berea College in Kentucky where she attained a Bachelor of Arts degree.
As a teenager, she was a counselor at the Builders Camp in Hudson, NH for several years.
During the war years, she worked locally at a factory that manufactured parachutes in support of the war effort. She was a lifetime learner.
Miriam worked as an elementary school teacher in Maryland so that she could be close to her sister and sister's family. She then became a third grade teacher in Tyngsboro for many years. She was a hard working and effective teacher who instilled self-discipline and values to her students. After retiring, she became active on the AMNO board in the Acre.
She liked to read, stay abreast of local political issues and loved music. She was a member of the Lowell Opera for a time, and was a member of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church.
She is survived by her brothers and a sister-in-law, George and Constance Abodeely of Windham, NH, and Richard Abodeely of Chula Vista, CA; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also the sister of the late Jeanette Lesson and Ned Abodeely.
ABODEELY -- Miriam Abodeely. Relatives and friends may call on Friday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 61 Bowers St.,Lowell. Her funeral service will take place immediately following at 11 a.m. Burial in Westlawn Cemetery. Those wishing may make a donation in her memory to St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 61 Bowers St., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the ROLAND W. MARTIN FUNERAL HOME, 308 Pawtucket St., Lowell. For online condolences and directions please visit, www.martinfuneralhome.net.
Published in Lowell Sun from Feb. 15 to Feb. 16, 2012