JOHARA KHATUN

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JOHARA KHATUN  

Beloved family matriarch Johara Khatun passed away peacefully August 6, 2014, surrounded by loved ones. Inna Lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji'un . Johara was born in a small village of Kushtia in 1932, the oldest of 12 children. She enjoyed reading books, particularly on history and religion. Johara married in 1951, and she lovingly raised her four children on their scenic property populated with mango trees and fish ponds. She was well known for her excellent sewing, embroidery, and cooking. Johara survived the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War by safely hiding her family in an underground trench, where they sometimes spent the night. Johara immigrated from Bangladesh in 1989, became a U.S. citizen in 1995, and voted in every local, state, and national election for the next 19 years. Devoted babysitter to several Arlington, Virginia, families whom she loved like her own, Johara always greeted everyone with a warm smile. She enjoyed taking walks around her magnolia tree-lined neighborhood, and she was a woman of strong faith and daily prayer. She loved visitors, phone calls, letters, and she was always fully interested in others. Johara survived breast cancer in 2006. Johara Khatun is survived by her husband of 63 years, Anwar Hossain, and their two daughters and two sons, 12 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, eight brothers, two sisters, and innumerable nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family worldwide. Private services were held August 7, 2014. Johara joins her beloved father, mother, and brother in heaven. Amra tomake onek bhalobashi. Abar dekha hobe.  


Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 10, 2014
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