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Evelyn Mitri
March 20, 1922 - February 17, 2015
Resident of San Jose
Evelyn Michel Mitri passed away peacefully at the age of 92 in San Jose. Born in Jaffa, Palestine, to As'ad Araktingi and Katina Eframidis, Evelyn married Michel Mitri on July 5th, 1942. Together, they enjoyed life to its fullest in this beautiful Palestinian Mediterranean coastal town where her ancestors lived and thrived. Evelyn attended a French parochial school and was fluent in Arabic, English, French, Greek, and Turkish. Prior to marrying Michel, she worked as a court stenographer for a period of time. Soon after the birth of her second son, Rajai, Michel and Evelyn were driven out of their home in Jaffa and settled in Ramallah in 1948. Resilient and proud Palestinians, she and her husband started a new life in Ramallah and had two more children. In 1967, the family endured yet another occupying war that stripped them again of most of their reacquired prosperity.
Seeking a better life for their children, Michel and Evelyn moved the family to the United States. The immigration process was long and so the family immigrated separately over a few years. They settled in San Jose. All of Evelyn's children, Elias, Rajai, Hala, and Issa obtained advanced college degrees, married, and started successful careers and families. Most importantly, however, her children blessed Evelyn with 9 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren, all of whom adored their "Teta," which means grandmother in Arabic.
Evelyn and Michel's life revolved around family. Their children and grandchildren were their singular focus. Their children's joy was their joy. When her beloved husband, Michel, passed away in 1990, Evelyn was never alone. Her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren continued to be her rock. She insisted on living independently for many years until ultimately moving into her daughter Hala and her husband Abdallah Saah's home where she was treated with the dignity she deserved until her passing.
Evelyn leaves behind her two surviving children (Rajai and Hala), their spouses Carol and Abdullah, her daughters-in-law of her two deceased sons, Elias and Issa (Marilyn and Lacy), her nephew, Udo (son of her deceased brother, George), her grandchildren Vivi, David, Bob, Katina, Steve, Dina, Tammy, Mike, Johnny, and her great grandchildren Justin, Jessica, Layla, Lilliana, Donovan, Darrien, Brendan, Grace, Sophia, Nylah, Damian, and Evelyn.
Evelyn was a woman of God, strong in her Christian faith. She was independent, proud and strong. She was proud of her Palestinian heritage and history. She never forgot her past and always worked to ensure that her children had the brightest future. She was a wonderful wife, mother, and Teta. Her legacy will live on in the lives of all who knew and loved her. And we rejoice at the knowledge that she has entered God's kingdom and is reunited with her Michel.
Trisagion (Rosary) services will be held at 7 PM Friday, February 20th, at the Antiochian Orthodox Church of the Redeemer at 380 Magdalena Ave, Los Altos Hills. Funeral services will be on Saturday, February 21st, at 10 AM. All donations should be made in her name to the Church of the Redeemer.
Rest in peace, sweet angel.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Feb. 19, 2015
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