|Birth: ||Sep. 16, 1932|
|Death: ||Jan. 10, 2008|
Minnie Jean Apkarian
MONETTE — Minnie Jean "GiGi" Cockrum Apkarian was born to Paul and Minnie Cockrum on Sept. 16, 1932, at Monette and went home to be with the Lord after a courageous battle with cancer on Jan. 10, 2008.
GiGi's life centered around her Lord, her family and her friends. She was a loving, kind and generous person whose Southern hospitality always made you feel right at home.
GiGi was a genuinely happy, positive person who lived life to the fullest, and when she was diagnosed with cancer, her attitude never changed. If she was having a bad day, she would always say, "Maybe tomorrow will be better." She always looked for the good in every situation. GiGi was amazing in the way she handled her illness, never complaining, no matter how difficult the treatment, and always able to tell a cute story that got a laugh from the nurses and doctors involved with her treatment. All those who cared for her health needs commented on how GiGi always said "thank you" for anything they did.
To know GiGi was to love her, and everyone did. If you were blessed with GiGi's friendship, you had a friend for life. She often quoted what her father said about loyalty. He would say, "Gi, if you ever get yourself in a hole and can't get you out, I'll get down in there with you." That is exactly the kind of friend and mother GiGi was. She would get right down in there with you. GiGi was always ready to help in any way she could. Her family and friends will sorely miss her. She was an inspiration to all of us.
GiGi was a lady of faith. She loved to start each day talking with the Lord and reading her Bible. She was also very active in her church programs and social activities. GiGi knew without a doubt where she would spend eternity. When she breathed her last breath on this earth, she knew that she would be in the presence of her Lord.
GiGi was preceded in death by her husband, Vaughn Apkarian; her parents, Paul and Minnie Cockrum; brothers, Paul, Joe and Billy Cockrum; and her grandson, Jeffery.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Mary Strickland of Arkadelphia; her grandson, Christopher Strickland, and great-granddaughter, Madisyn of Chesapeake, Va.; her sisters, Winnie Sanders of Livermore, Calif., and Lois Osborn of Jonesboro; sisters-in-law, Helen Cockrum of Jonesboro and Betty and Francis Apkarian of Reedley, Calif.; many nephews and nieces; and her closest and dearest friends who stuck by her throughout her illness, Barbara, Sharon, Julia, Zari and Olivia.
Special thanks to all the nurses and staff from Hinds Hospice who made her last days peaceful.
Visitation will be held from 6-8 this evening in Gregg Funeral Home in Monette.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, in the funeral home. Burial will follow in Monette Memorial Cemetery.
The family requests remembrances be made to Hinds Hospice, 1416 West Twain Ave., Fresno, Calif., 93711-3014.
Personal condolences may sent to her family at www.greggfunerals.com.
Monette Memorial Cemetery
Created by: Sandra
Record added: Jan 18, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24028513
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