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Lily May Jemal (nee Bahadurian)

July 23, 2018
Lily May Jemal (nee Bahadurian)
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Obituary for Lily May Jemal (nee Bahadurian)

Lily Bahadurian Jemal passed away on July 23, 2018 in Novi Michigan.

The daughter of Karnig Bahadurian and Maxim Tabibian, Lily was born in Detroit, Michigan.

Lily graduated from Highland Park High School. After graduating from High School, Lily attended Wayne State University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education. She went on to earn a Teaching Certificate and taught 4th grade in the Detroit Public Schools System. For several years after her marriage, she continued to serve as a substitute teacher.

Lily was raised in Detroit during the onset of the Great Depression. She was the daughter of Armenian immigrant parents who came to America after fleeing the Armenian Genocide in the waning days of the Ottoman Empire. She was a musician and played the piano. She was an avid reader often seen reading books authored by such authors as Dostoevsky and Tolstoy. She was a devoted daughter to her parents and sister Emma.

She married the love of her life Alexander James Jemal on October 30, 1955 in Detroit. The couple remained married for sixty-two years, living in the same Bloomfield Hills, Michigan home for nearly 50 years. Lily transitioned to becoming a full-time wife and mother to her three children, Claudia, Janis and Timothy.

Lily instilled in her family kindness and tolerance to all people and believed that most people had goodness in them. She was a devoted mother emphasizing the importance of reading, education and being kind to others. She read many newspapers cover to cover on a daily basis and was always reasoned and well-informed on global and political developments.

Lily was unimpressed with wealth and material things. She preferred genuine friendships and spending quality time with family and loved ones. She was loyal and loving to her husband Alex during their sixty-two years of marriage. They enjoyed spending time together at the symphony, going out to dinner with friends and traveling and spending time in Empire at the family vacation home.

Lily was a member of St. John Armenian Church and Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU). She spoke fluent Armenian and was very proud of her Armenian heritage and roots. Her family home was always well-stocked with Armenian delicacies such as lahmajoon, bastirma, monta and sou-boudegh.

Lily was physically active and loved to dance, walk, swim and do yoga. Later in life she walked nearly every day with her sister Emma laughing and reflecting on their lives. She became well-known in her Bloomfield Township neighborhood often waving to passers-by.

Lily was a private person enjoying her time reading, following the news and listening to music. But above it all, Lily was a loving wife and mother. Her kindness and generosity to others had a lasting impact on those she touched and will never be forgotten.

Lily was the beloved wife of Alex Jemal, devoted mother of Claudia, Janis and Timothy, adoring grandmother to Jennifer, Erin, Arya, Alexander and Kerry, loving sister to Emma Minasian and dearest mother in law to Gassia Apkarian and Duane Day.

Visitation Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. until Lily's 10:30 a.m. funeral service at St. John Armenian Church 22001 Northwestern Highway, Southfield.

Interment at White Chapel Cemetery, Troy.

In lieu of flower donations are to the church.

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Visitation

Saturday

28

Jul

9:30 AM 7/28/2018 9:30:00 AM - 10:30 AM 7/28/2018 10:30:00 AM
St. John's Armenian Church

22001 Northwestern Highway
Southfield, MI 48075

St. John's Armenian Church
22001 Northwestern Highway Southfield 48075 MI
United States

Service

Saturday

28

Jul

10:30 AM 7/28/2018 10:30:00 AM - 11:00 AM 7/28/2018 11:00:00 AM
St. John's Armenian Church

22001 Northwestern Highway
Southfield, MI 48075

St. John's Armenian Church
22001 Northwestern Highway Southfield 48075 MI
United States
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