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Jauntie Amira

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Jauntie Amira

March 7, 1926 ~ December 16, 2012

With love and fond memories, we say "goodbye" to Jauntie Amira who passed away on Sunday, December 16, 2012 of natural causes. She was born in Seattle, Washington on March 7, 1926 to Menachem and Mazeltov Altabet. She was a lifetime Seattle resident graduating from Garfield High School in 1944. After marrying Victor S. Amira in 1948, she raised a family and also worked for the Seattle School District in the lunch program for 20 years. Her synagogue and the Jewish community were an integral part of her life. She devoted many years of service to Sephardic Bikur Holim Congregation. Jauntie was also a member of the SBH Ladies Auxiliary, Ahavath Ahim Social Club, Seattle Sephardic Sisterhood, and the City of Hope. She enjoyed playing Mah Jongg with her friends, and especially loved to bake and cook and also teach her children and grandchildren how to make many of the traditional Sephardic delicacies.

Jauntie was a very sweet, kind, and nurturing person who loved and cared about all of her family and friends. She always looked for the best in everyone and would never say a negative word about anyone. If she were called upon to help, she would not hesitate to lend a hand.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband Victor S. of 40 years, sister, Jean Marcus, and brother, Sol Altabet. Jauntie was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She is survived by her son, Sam (Charlene) Amira, and daughters, Susan (Alan) Amira-Weinstein, and Marcia A. (Michael) Wiviott. Jauntie was proud of her six grandchildren, Jennifer (Jeff) Berg and Jeff Amira, Jacquelyn and Melanie Wiviott, and Sari and Victoria Weinstein, and two great grandchildren, Taylor and Samantha Berg.

The family is extremely grateful for the special care she received from her caregiver, Martina Williams, and the staff at the Kline Galland Home where she lived for three years. The family suggests remembrances to Sephardic Bikur Holim Congregation or to the Kline Galland Home.

Services will be held at Bonney-Watson Funeral Home (1732 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122) on Tuesday, December 18th at 11:00am. Graveside services immediately follow at the Seattle Sephardic Brotherhood Cemetery (1230 N 167th St., Shoreline, WA 98133).
Published in The Seattle Times from Dec. 17 to Dec. 18, 2012
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