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Yvonne (Arrieh) Anthony

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Anthony, Yvonne
(nee Arrieh)

Born into Eternal Life on January 8, 2014 at the age of 92. From Naples, FL, formerly of Omaha, NE and Milwaukee, WI. Beloved wife of the late Charles. Loving mother of (the late) James Anthony, Fahada (Sam) Saad, and Janice Fonda. Dear mother-in-law of Cathy Anthony. Special grandmother of Justin and Collin Anthony, Sam III (Amy), Yasmin, Roger Charles Saad, and Florence Yvonne (Michael) Koury, and James and Suzanne Fonda. Great grandmother of Lola and Samuel Saad IV, Anthony Avola, Michael Jr., Charles and Hannah Marie Koury. Further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
MASS of CHRISTIAN BURIAL was on Monday, January 13, at St. Robert Parish, 2224 E. Capitol Dr., in Milwaukee, with Entombment at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Yvonne's name to the Midwest Federation of American Syrian Lebanese Club, Inc., Scholarship Fund. c/o Duane Skaff, Treasurer, 11505 Iowa Circle, Omaha, NE 68142

Yvonne Anthony, A Woman for All Seasons...

I don't know how to begin to tell you about this remarkable woman. Should I begin by telling you that she was the third of 5 children of Helen and James Arrieh who were sent to the United States as children at the turn of the century from Lebanon to escape from Turkish oppression. And that they started their own grocery stores and real estate company without any education or family to help them. And how she and her brothers and sisters all worked in the business as children during the depression and as young adults; thus instilling in her the incredible work ethic that she was always known for.

Or should I tell you about her stellar academic career at Downer College and graduate school at Northwestern University. And how her parents preached to her and her siblings that education, education, education was the key to their successful future in America. And proceeded to send mother and her siblings to some of the most respected schools in the country including: Harvard Law School, the University of Wisconsin, Downer College, Northwestern University Graduate School, the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan Graduate School, the University of California-Berkley, and NYU Graduate School. And that mother's love of learning lead her to a career as an inspirational speech teacher, award winning debate coach, creative theatre director and women's golf and basketball coach.

Oh, I guess I forgot to tell you that she was also an incredible athlete, an accomplished equestrian, competitive tennis player and avid golfer. Mother inherited an incredible, innate sense of style and taste from her mother and applied it to every aspect of her life.

One other little fact that might interest you was that mother was 5ft. tall, or so she claimed and about 90lbs. soaking wet! There is no wonder her nickname was "Mighty Mouse", but I beg to differ, she was mighty but no mouse!

She married my father, Charles, the love of her life, in 1950 and proceeded to immediately start a family, since back in those days they were considered old being married at close to 30. So began the favorite part of her life, being a loving, nurturing, supportive, encouraging, fun, beautiful wife and mother. My mother was totally loyal to my father and dedicated to my brother, sister and me. She left no stone unturned in order to expose us to every opportunity out there whether it be academic, athletic, cultural or musical. Her mission was to find our individual passions and talents and then focus on them, all the while treating us as individuals and never comparing one to the other. No wonder we refer to our mother and dad as our life coaches, they truly were just that with a lot of love added to the mix.

Mother brought her passion for people and true concern for their happiness and success to every role and person in her life as a daughter, a sister, a mother, a mother-in-law, an aunt, a cousin, a friend, a teacher, a coach, a community volunteer, a civic leader, a grandmother, and the one she felt so blessed to be, a great grandmother.

From your 3 children, your 8 grandchildren and your 6 great grandchildren, thank you, thank you, thank you for your unconditional love, your unending dedication, abounding energy, total loyalty, incredible wisdom and unending belief in all of us.

We were all so lucky to be blessed with you as our role model. So now and always we listen to your words of wisdom to us "Ever Onward". XO

Published in Omaha World-Herald on Jan. 19, 2014
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