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Alice Zallakian

December 16, 1927 April 3, 2021
Alice Zallakian
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Alice was born in 1927 to Tavit and Zabel Soultanian in Zahlé, Lebanon. Her father died when Alice was an infant, and her young widowed mother raised her older brother and Alice in Beirut. As a child, Alice helped her mother and uncle in their work as fine tailors. Alice loved learning and through her education became a very gifted linguist. She spoke six languages and after immigrating to the US, she taught herself Spanish. In her late teens and early twenties, Alice worked as a switchboard operator in Beirut. Her kind disposition and musically pleasing voice calmed the most impatient callers. Callers began asking for her by name.

Alice immigrated to the Detroit area with her mother in 1956 to join her brother and uncle who had preceded their arrival. Shortly after arriving in Michigan, Alice met her soul mate, George. They quickly fell in love and George proposed after only three dates. Their love was steadfast, lasting over 56 years. Their home was blessed with grace; never a harsh word was spoken between them. They were blessed with two children and two grandchildren. Alice was a very devoted mother and grandmother, always ready to share her wisdom and love. She relished her time with family and was an excellent Christian role model.

In the 1970s, Alice began helping George run their family grocery business. They were an inseparable team, being together 24/7. She was very loved by all the regular customers who knew her. She had a sincere concern for others, and it was her nature to offer encouragement, hope and prayers to those in need.

Alice enjoyed playing the piano and was a voracious reader. She especially enjoyed reading religious prayer books, and health and nutrition related books. She would forego sleep if she was engrossed in her readings. The Nareg was one of her favorites.

She had a beautiful disposition and was a pleasure to converse with, as she gave you her undivided attention. She was well grounded in her faith, which she instilled in her children and grandchildren. At every opportunity, Alice would give copies of prayers to her grandchildren, Rosanna and David. She radiated Christ's love in her interactions with everyone she met. Her favorite quote from St. Padre Pio was "Pray, Hope, and Don't Worry ".

In her later years, Alice was more limited in her mobility. Despite this, she continued to start each day with "paree louys, Asdezho paree" and frequently said if she could remain this way, despite the limitations, she would be happy. She was content and ever grateful for each day the Lord granted her to be with her family. Every day she said: Park es Der, Park es Asdvadz, Park devadz eet, Park gamehstadeet kohanank barkevadzeet, Amen. She understood Christ's love and projected that in her smile, compassion, and unwavering faith. Alice, you have touched many lives and will be forever missed. We believe Christ greeted you on Holy Saturday as you entered His Kingdom with "well done, good and faithful servant".

In lieu of flower memorial donations are to A.G.B.U.

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St. John's Armenian Church

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Southfield, MI 48075

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