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Roxanne Keurajian

October 7, 1930 May 2, 2020
Roxanne Keurajian
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Roxanne Keurajian, age 89, passed away on May 2, 2020.

Roxanne was the youngest of 3 beautiful daughters of Diane and John Solakian, an American success story. Her parents were survivors of the Armenian Genocide. Her father had many real estate holdings, including hotels in downtown Detroit. During the Great Depression, her father, a famed “hotel-gee” (Armenian for Hotelier,) was able to hold on to one of his prized properties, the “Manhattan Hotel.” Their family moved into the hotel located on the Detroit River (former Ford Auditorium site) and occupied the entire top floor as living quarters for several years. Roxanne was born there in 1930.

Roxanne was extraordinarily gifted and used her God-gifted talents throughout her life.
She was an honor student at Cass Tech High School in Detroit. She was the captain of her swim team and dive team. She played piano, harp, flute and cello. Roxanne attended Wayne State University and was the captain of her college swim team.

She married the love of her life, George Keurajian, an American businessman, philanthropist and WWII Survivor of the U.S.S Bunker Hill aircraft carrier. They shared 63 years together.
They enjoyed their beautiful homes in Birmingham, Michigan and Scottsdale, Arizona, creating many beautiful memories with family and friends. She loved entertaining, cooking, sewing, current events and family celebrations.

Roxanne was a loving and dedicated wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She provided her children with the best education, musical training and enjoyed watching their accomplishments throughout her life. She loved being an Aunt, Cousin and Godmother.

Roxanne was a classically trained pianist. She shared her musical gift with her family and played the piano daily throughout her life. Her home was filled with her love of music. She cherished and supported the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Opera House, Masonic Temple and Fisher Theater.

Roxanne was a dedicated Christian and supported St. John’s Armenian Church throughout her life. Her Christian values were instilled in her children and grandchildren.
She was a devoted member of the St. John’s Women’s Guild for over 50 years and was recognized for her dedication in 2019. She was a member of the Daughters of Vartan, an Armenian Sisterhood organization. During her 40 years of service she held many positions including president of the Detroit Chapter.

Roxanne’s philanthropic dedication also supported the Alex Manoogian golf outing that was founded 50 years ago by her late husband, George Keurajian in 1974, which successfully continues today.

Roxanne loved nature and was extraordinarily fond of gardening. She was a member of the Birmingham, Michigan Garden Club for many years. She made flower arrangements regularly from her beautiful garden.

Her family is forever grateful for the standards she set for their lives and cherishes her strength, courage and love of family. She was part of the greatest generation.

Her grace and elegance will forever be in our hearts.

Beloved wife of the late George P. Keurajian.

Loving mother of Carol Ann (Dr. John) Garry,

Diane Lyne Keurajian and the late Gary Keurajian (2014).

Cherished grandmother of Lauren (Robert) Garry-Boggio, Jessica (Markus) Garry Kuhn and John Paul Keurajian Garry.

Cherished great-grandmother of George Edward Boggio.

Dear sister of the late Kora (late Edward) Jamian and the late Nora (the late Fred) Demirjian.

Roxanne will also be missed by her many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Private family burial service to take place at Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flower memorial donations, the family requests donations in Roxanne’s memory to St. John Armenian Church 22001 Northwestern Highway, Southfield, MI 48075.

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