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Jennie Adatto Tarabulus Obituary
Jennie Adatto Tarabulus

Jennie Adatto Tarabulus, age 98, died of natural causes in Seattle on Tuesday December 17, 2013. Jennie was born in Seattle on July 15, 1913; she was one of six children of Samuel and Anna Adatto who immigrated to the USA from Istanbul, Turkey in 1910. A graduate of Garfield High School, Jennie earned a B.S. in Bacteriology from the University of Washington in 1937 and a M.A. in International Relations from Columbia University in 1946.

In 1954 she moved to Jerusalem, Israel where she married David Tarabulus an accountant who was in the export business. Jennie worked at Hebrew University and was a journalist for the Jerusalem Post. David died in 1979. In 2000, Jennie retired and returned to Seattle where she continued to write book reviews for the Jerusalem Post, volunteered at the Seattle Art Museum, supported the Seattle Mariners, and enjoyed operas and symphonies. A writer all of her life, she published book reviews, poems, and historical pieces about Sephardic culture.

With her smile, Jennie was a special Aunt to nieces and nephews of all generations. A conversation with her was insightful and rewarding as she was always interested in what the nephew or niece was doing and the latest thing that was happening in society. Throughout her life Jennie was a model of how to live and in death leaves an enduring legacy of a creative life.

Jennie is survived by her sister-in-law Adele Adatto in New Orleans and by 16 nephews and nieces and their spouses and children. A celebration of Jennie's life will be held in February in Seattle. Donations in Jennie's memory may be made to the Seattle Art Museum, 1300 1st Ave, Seattle WA 98101.
Published in The Seattle Times on Dec. 22, 2013
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