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Monica Hilmi Philips Abiaka
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Birth: May 24, 1930
Death: Aug. 8, 2008

Monica Philips Abiaka died peacefully in her sleep at home on August 8, 2008 in Phoenix, Arizona. She was the third of three siblings to Dr. Christian and Lilly Phillips of whom only Kamala Philips de Silva survives her. Educated at Methodist College, Colombo, a premier girls school in Sri Lanka, Monica earned a Bachelor of Science degree at the prestigious Women's Christian College, after which she attended Columbia University on a full scholarship from the World Health Organization. After earning an M.S. degree in nutrition from Columbia, Monica was appointed chief nutritionist at General Hospital, Colombo, Sri Lanka. She returned to the U.S. for further studies at the University of Hawaii, where she met and married her husband Dr. Innocent Abiaka. Their daughter Nirmalani (Nimmy) was born in Honolulu. Monica was Chief Dietician at Phoenix General Hospital for many years and later a clinical nutritionist with Maricopa County Health Department. She retired in 1993. She leaves behind only one surviving sibling--a sister, her husband Innocent, her daughter Nimmy, and three grandnephews and nieces. A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church (5510 N. Central Ave., Phoenix) at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 17, 2008. Viewing begins at 1:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to First United Methodist Church, designated for the Justice Center, or to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief). The burial will be at Greenwood Memorial Lawn Cemetery (2300 W. Van Buren, Phoenix) immediately following the service. -

Published in The Arizona Republic on Aug. 14, 2008

"United States Social Security Death Index," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 15 Aug 2014), MONICA HILMI ABIAKA, 08 Aug 2008; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing). 
Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery
Maricopa County
Arizona, USA
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Record added: Jan 12, 2014
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