|Birth: ||May 20, 1920, Armenia|
|Death: ||Oct. 7, 2004|
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Our beloved angel, mother (mama), grandmother (nene), great grandmother, sister, and friend passed away October 7, 2004 early in the morning on the way to her favorite place - the House of God.
Eliza Arslanian was born May 20, 1920 in Gouroun, Turkey (Armenia). The war in Armenia (The Armenian Genocide) took her family to Beirut, Lebanon, where she married Krikor Arslanian and had six wonderful boys. She and her husband moved to Utah in 1980 where they lived happily until he passed away in 1995.
She is preceded by her parents, husband, sisters, brother, son, and daughter-in-law.
Eliza will be greatly missed. She has been an angel in our lives, and loved by many, even total strangers. Eliza would take the shirt off her back to help a total stranger. Her kindness and love of people was experienced by all she came in contact with. She loved to serve people. In everything she did, she gave of herself. Her favorite thing was to give a piece of her talent in all the gifts she gave away. Her English wasn't so great, but she made sure she told everyone how much she loved her family and how proud she was of all her children, grandchildren, and great grand-children.
She never drove a vehicle, but she was always busy going to the store, visiting friends, and taking the bus everywhere it would take her. She considered the UTA drivers as part of her family.
Her exemplary life, her devotion to family, and unselfish nature are characteristics that will be greatly missed in our lives. Everything she did in this life she did silently, anonymously, and expected nothing in return.
As a devout Catholic, Eliza would refuse to miss mass even if she was sick. Eliza continuously had a prayer on her lips, asking God to watch over her family and friends. In recent years, she was asked to clean the candle holders every day at church. She took this assignment very seriously as she was determined to show her devotion to God. Unexpectedly, Eliza slipped away from us and back into her mother's arms, reuniting with her beloved husband and loved ones.
She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Haroutioun (Suzanne), Garabed (Kha-toun), Hagop (Lena), of SLC, deceased son Hovsep's wife (Seta), Setrak (Mary), John (Sevan), of Australia; sister, Mary of Beiruth Lebanon; 19 grandchildren; 10 great grand-children; eight grand children; 32 step great grandchildren; and 13 step great great grandchildren.
May God bless us all who have been touched by Eliza's life, and look forward to the sweet reunion with her in the heavens one day.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, October 16, 2004 at St Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 1375 E. Spring Lane (5000 South). A Vigil Service will be held Friday, October 15, 2004, 7 p.m. also at the church and Saturday one hour before the Funeral Mass. Committal, Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 4th Avenue and T Street. Funeral directors, Neil O'Donnell and Sons. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 1375 E. Spring Lane, SLC, UT 84117
Published in the Salt Lake Tribune on 10/10/2004
Faithful churchgoer is killed walking to Mass
By Pat Reavy
Deseret Morning News
MURRAY—Almost as consistent as the bright sun rising, 84-year-old Elizabeth Arslanian had a daily religious ritual. She would wake up early every morning, get dressed, put on her rosary beads and walk to church not far from her mobile home.
The Armenian woman left her house at 6:30 a.m., giving her time to lend a helping hand and attend 7:30 a.m. Mass at St. Vincent de Paul Church.
But Arslanian didn't make it to church Thursday. While crossing 1300 East in the northbound lanes near Van Winkle Expressway, the elderly woman was struck by a car and killed en route. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The area where Arslanian was crossing, about 150 feet south of the intersection, has no street lights and was dark at that time of the morning. She was not in a crosswalk and was wearing dark clothing.
Arslanian wasn't carrying identification, but police saw her religious jewelry and walked over to the church where they asked the priest to come identify her.
It was a gut-wrenching loss for the St. Vincent congregation. Arslanian, with a strong accent and a stronger desire to serve the church, held a special spot in their hearts, said Jeanette Welch, who regularly attended morning Mass with her at the church at 1375 E. Spring Lane.
"It was awful. It was pretty bad..." added Rose Jesienouski. "She was just the sweetest little old lady you could ever ask for."
Friends remembered Arslanian as a very religious person who often talked about her excitement in "going home" — as in returning to live with God, Welch said.
Arslanian had lived in Utah for about the past 15 years, but she was from Armenia and often talked about that country and Lebanon, Welch said. She could speak five languages, although English wasn't her strongest. There were times her friends couldn't quite understand the words she was saying, but they fully understood the meaning as she joyfully talked about her sons and grandchildren, Welch said.
Arslanian had six boys. Welch believed three of them are living in the United States and the other three living out of country. Her husband died about six years ago, she said.
Welch said Arslanian was always at church early, cleaning candlestick holders or doing other "little things," Welch said. Because she insisted on being at the church so early, Welch said it was often difficult for anyone to get to her house in time to give her a ride.
"We always told her, 'Wear some lighter clothes (when you walk)," recalled Jesienouski.
After Mass, some of the women would take Arslanian to breakfast or drive her home, Welch said.
At the accident scene, several feet of skid marks were visible on the street where the driver was unable to stop in time.
Murray police Sgt. Doug Roberts said the driver was very distraught and a chaplain accompanied her to the hospital because she was so emotionally shaken.
Deseret News October 2004
Mount Calvary Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
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Originally Created by: John Warnke
Record added: Oct 12, 2004
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