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Raya Abadir


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Raya Abadir November 1, 1926 - January 3, 2018 San Diego Raya Abadir, born in Uzbekistan to Michael and Leila Alaeva and raised in communist Russia, she and her mother escaped to Iran where she was introduced to Christianity by missionaries. In 1960 Raya received her Bachelors degree in Education from Middle East College, Lebanon. After marrying and moving to the United States, she worked as a missionary educator around the world. While raising three children, she earned a Masters degree in Education from Andrews University in 1982. She later returned to her homeland, Russia as a missionary before retiring at age 72. After retirement Raya remained active with more missionary and volunteer work, swimming, painting, and gardening.This eventful life is documented in her autobiography, Out of Russia and Back, available at http://amzn.com/1518729843.Lovingly called Grandma Tiny by all who knew her, Raya is survived by her three children: Ella, Esther, and Daniel and by Esther's two children: Mimi and Rema.A memorial service is planned for Saturday, January 13 at 3pm in the Tierrasanta Adventist Church on 11260 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard in San Diego. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in her honor to adra.orgOur brightest beam of sunshine will warm our hearts forever.
Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Jan. 11, 2018
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