Dominique Karibian Lark, beloved wife of Max Lark, passed away unexpectedly near her Los Angeles home on March 6 after a short illness. She was 59.
She was the cherished and loving daughter of Koharig Juliette (Helen) and the late Adam Karibian. She is survived by her sisters and their husbands, Maria and Larry Suarez, Anjell and Craig Bruck; and her brother and his wife, Adam and Kim Karibian.
Dominique was the wonderful aunt of Bianca and Adam III Karibian, Remi, Juliette, and Lucien Bruck, and Gabrielle Suarez. She was the special godmother to Juliette and Adam III.
She was the granddaughter of the late Lucille (Lucy) and Nishan Darboian and the late Anoush and Sarkis (Sam) Karibian and the niece of Agnes and the late George Thompson, the late Mitchell Darboian, George and the late Babe Darboian, Albert and the late Delores Karibian, and Vahan and Denise Karibian.
She was first cousin of Craig (Suzanne) Karibian, Todd Karibian, Jon (Leah) Karibian, Kara Karibian, Lisa (Bruce) Coleman, Kristen (Michael) Rowberry, Nicole Thompson, Kari Kulhanjian, Mikiel Darboian and the late Shantel Darboian and Michael Thompson.
She was the beloved sister-in-law of Peter and Susan Lark, Ann and Chris Dine, Chris and Tracy Lark, and Kate Lark and Mark Koch.
Dominique was the greatest friend anyone could have, steady and true. She never wavered in her support of those she held close—which was just about everyone she knew. Dominique was the beacon to whom everyone in her life turned. She was proud, dignified, and true. She wished the best for everyone, spoke negatively about no one, loved her husband, loved her mother, loved her father, loved her brother and sisters, loved their families, loved her cousins and all of what’s important in life. She never wavered. Never gossiped. Never needed the spotlight. She never preened. She was just herself—and all of us who knew her are better for it.
She loved cooking—no one was better—and gardening—no one was better. She filled her house with charm, imagination, love, and sincerity. She hosted amazing parties in Los Angeles that friends still talk about. She was one in a billion. She left a void that can’t be filled.
She was also the ultimate “dog mom,” who safeguarded the lives of her three beloved canines —her childhood pet, Chien, and in more recent years, Maggie 1 and Maggie 2—with a single- mindedness, patience, and love that touched the hearts of all who were lucky enough to bear witness.
She was magnificent in every way. To anyone reading this, go out and try to be like Dominique. The world would be a much better place.
Visitation Thursday, March 23, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Funeral Service at St. John Armenian Church 22001 Northwestern Highway, Southfield.
Burial Service to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery 25800 W 10 Mile Rd (West of Telegraph Road), Southfield.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Humane Society of the U.S. or St. John Armenian Church or Donor's Choice.
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