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Margaret Bazarian

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Margaret Bazarian Obituary
Margaret Davidian Bazarian, Resident of Watertown, MA. Beloved wife of the late Abraham Bazarian. Sister of Sarkis Davidian and his wife Naomi. Devoted Aunt of Charles Bazarian and his wife Carol of North Andover, MA, the late Richard Bazarian and his wife Charlene of Haverhill, MA, Harvey Bazarian and his wife Barbara of Quechee, VT, Carl Bazarian and his wife Linda of Amelia Island, FL, and Mary Jo Bazarian Murray and her husband Sean of Uxbridge, and many loving great nieces and nephews. Margaret was born in 1919 during the Armenian Genocide, near Adana, Turkey to Myron and Elizabeth Aprikian Davidian, a prosperous Armenian family. The Davidians fled Adana during World War I as the citys population of approximately 20,000 were deported to Syria by Ottoman troops during this time. After the war the Davidian family returned to Adana while Cilicia was under the French protectorate. With the onset of the Turkish Nationalist War, the violence began anew and the Armenians, Greeks, and Assyrians were attacked and many forced to leave their homeland. Margarets father Myron Davidian was killed by the Turkish gendarme and her family was split. Her brother Sarkis was sent with orphans to Georgetown, Ontario (history captured in the book The Georgetown Boys by Jack Apramian). Margaret and her mother went to Corfu, Greece and then to Athens, Greece where an Uncle, who had a dry goods business, provided them with a home. Margaret grew up in the Piraeus neighborhood in Athens and, with funding from her Uncle Levon in the US, attended an Armenian Catholic school although she and her family were members of the Armenian Evangelical Church. She became fluent in five languages: Greek, French, Turkish, English and of course Armenian. There were many Armenians in her neighborhood and had close ties to their Greek neighbors. During World War II the Italians brutally invaded Greece with the Italians occupying most of the country for a short period of time. The Italians were mostly benevolent and left the residents alone until Mussolini was defeated in 1943. The German forces then occupied the area and took whatever they could from the residents and slaughtered the Italian troops as a brutal warning to the residents. Margarets family as purveyors of a dry goods business were fortunate to have food for themselves and their neighbors. Margarets brother Sarkis had left Canada for New York City at this time and joined the United States Army. He fought with US troops from North Africa to Sicily, then went north to Rome. At the conclusion of the war he went to Athens to retrieve his mother and sister, a sister he had not seen since her infancy. Margaret saved and cherished many photographs of this time in 1945. Following the war, Margaret and her mother relocated to St. Louis, Missouri for a time and then to Connecticut and finally settled in Watertown, MA where she married Abraham Bazarian in 1952. They first lived in a triple decker house on Spruce Street in Watertown with Abes parents and brother Kegham and his family forging a close relationship that would span generations. Abe and Margaret later bought a home on Standish Road where they would live out their lives with an open door for family, friends and neighbors over many decades with Margaret living comfortably at home until she was almost 98 years old. Their home which included grape vines for yalanchi, and her well-tended gardens served as a meeting place for generations of nieces and nephews. Margaret worked for many years as a bookkeeper at Star Market in Cambridge. Her family contends that had she been born at a later time she would have been a university professor or historian. Margaret was an avid reader of international events, history and non-fiction. She treasured her Armenian Mirror Spectator newspapers until her passing at 98 years old. While her body gave out physically her mind remained active and engaged. Margaret was an active member of the First Armenian Church throughout her adult life. She also volunteered her time at Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives and the Armenian Library and Museum. Funeral services were held at the First Armenian Church, 360 Concord Ave, Belmont, MA on Monday, August 14th. Visiting hour from 12:00p-1:00p. Funeral service followed at 1:00pm. The family asks that flower arrangements be omitted and instead a memorial gift be made in her name to the First Armenian Church, 360 Concord Ave, Belmont, MA 02478.
Published in The Watertown Tab & Press from Aug. 15 to Aug. 22, 2017
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