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Liberta Kouyomjian Sabonjian


11/30/1918 - 08/11/2014 Obituary
Liberta Kouyomjian Sabonjian Obituary
Lee Sabonjian passed away on Monday, August 11, 2014 at 9:45 a.m, with her three daughters by her side.
Her's is a great story...
a humble beginning, struggles and hardships, amazing love, a wicked laugh upon a triumph over the handmade tavla (backgammon) board and boundless amounts of love for all she knew.
Liberta Kouyomjian Sabonjian was born on November 30, 1918 in São Paulo, Brazil to Ezabel and Hagop Kouyomjian. Ezabel was only 14 and had just immigrated with her new husband to São Paulo to escape the genocide of the Turkish Armenian war, when Liberta (Lee) was born. The family came to America, via Ellis Island, when Lee was 5 years old, ready for the promise of a better life for their family. The family moved to Evanston, Illinois, and there she met her future husband, Norire at an Armenian dance.
She is preceded in death by her husband Norire, mother, and father, her sisters Mary (Dadigan), Amelia (Harrer) and her brother Serafino.
She was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend. She was a storyteller and teacher and we are all better for being a part of her life.
First and foremost, her life and love centered around her family. Her memory and life's lessons will live on in her children, Judy (Richard Brennan), Nancy (John Thomas) and Sandra (Sabonjian), her grandchildren, Rick (Char Brennan), Robert (Connie Brennan), Rebecca (Todd Bishop), Tara (Jarrett Jameson), John (Amy Thomas) and Christopher Flynn, great grandchildren, Christine Brennan, Haley Brennan, Ryan and Emily Bishop, Ben and Payton Jamieson, nieces, nephews and beloved sister, Joanne (Hartunian).
She loved the golf course and was President of the Kern River Women's Golf Club, as well as a member (along with Norire) of the Missing Links! She also served as President of the Presbyterian Women's Club and was a long time member of Stitch and Sew, making prayer blankets for the Jameson Center. She loved knitting and sewing and her creations were treasured gifts to family, friends and strangers. She was an avid Dodger fan and knew all the players names and statistics.
Yes, her's is the story great movies are made from. Her's is a story of strength and will...And love! In her 95 years, she witnessed much. In her final days, she used her strength to finish saying all the things she wanted to say, to teach us one last life lesson, that God has placed us all on this earth with a plan. Her mission was accomplished. Our hearts are heavy, but not broken...she wouldn't want that. She is again with her Norire and the circle is complete.
Anyone who knew our mother knew, she loved flowers, or she would have appreciated donations made to Northminster Presbyterian Church, or Northminster Presbyterian Stitch and Sew, 3700 Union Ave., Bakersfield, California 93305.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Aug. 15, 2014
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