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Betty Dawisha

Betty Atchoo Dawisha

Saturday, June 16th, 1928 - Wednesday, July 29th, 2020
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Lord, I love your Command. (Psalm 119)
Betty Dawisha, 92 passed away at home surrounded by her children on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 following a major stroke. She was born in Baghdad, Iraq, attending Baghdad College of Pharmacy, and practicing pharmacy before emigrating to the United States in 1962 with her husband, Michael Dawisha and three of her four children, eventually settling in Livonia, MI. There, she was homemaker and raised her four children. Having a career was important to her, trying her hand as a medical Technologist and Real Estate Agent before finding her true passion and second career in counseling / Psychology. She graduated from Wayne State University with a B.S. Of Science in 1983 and from the Center for Humanistic Studies in 1987 with a Master of Arts, both while in her 50's. She then embarked on a 25-year career as a counselor and clinical psychologist to abused/neglected children and their families at the Children's Center in Detroit, MI, where she worked full-time until retiring at age 84. She was beloved by all of her clients and the staff, who referred to her as "Ms. Betty." During this time, and up until 3 months before her passing, she hosted a radio program in Chaldean on the Chaldean radio station, The Chaldean Voice. She also provided pro bono telephone counseling and advice to friends, family, and the wider Chaldean community, who sought her advice and help. Her other real passion was sewing, designing and sewing her own fashions with inspiration from Vogue Magazine, re-upholstering furniture, designing and sewing drapes, and embroidery of wall textile art. Her Children's Center Mother's Group created the quilt adorning her casket in appreciation for her dedication, guidance, and support throughout her years there. Predeceased by her loving husband, Michael Dawisha, in 1996, to whom she was primary caregiver during his 9-years battle with metastatic prostate cancer. She is survived by her children (Samar, Samer, Sahar, Saman) , her three grandchildren ( Tam Lin, Nathan, Anna), and her siblings (Buddy, Nathim, Suham, and Najla). She took pride in remaining in her home into her 90s, and her final days were also spent at Home Hospice, cared for by her loving and devoted children, following a brief stay in the ICU at St. Mary's Hospital in Livonia, MI. A closed casket will be available at 9:30 AM, and Mass will be held at 10:00 AM at Mother of God Chaldean Church, 25585 Berg Rd, Southfield, MI 48033. Arrangements are by Mercy Funeral Home, 627 East 9 Mile Rd, Hazel Park, MI 48030. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to The Children's Defense Fund at Childresdefense.org and the Chaldean Church.

Due to COVID-19 Family will receive condolences Via, text messages, email and phone calls.
Thank you for your support and prayers.
May the Lord grant her eternal rest.
May the angels carry her to Paradise. Amen
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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, August 1st, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Saturday, August 1st, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    Mother Of God Chaldean Catholic Church
    Address
    25585 Berg Road
    SOUTHFIELD, MI
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    Notes
    Due to COVID -19 Regulations, Family is Honoring their beloved mothers' wishes to have close casket, no viewing. Family will be receiving condolences at Church before the resurrection mass from 9:30 - 10:00 am.
    Officiant
    Fr. Pierre

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Crystal Jabiro

Posted at 10:31am
(My post on FB)
Today, I’d like to honor a wonderful woman in the Chaldean community- Betty Atchoo Dawisha. She was born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1928. There she became a pharmacist (an amazing feat for a woman!) before emigrating to America in 1962 with her husband and three children. She had another child in America. Here, she raised her 4 children and tried her hand at real estate and medical technologies.

While she was in her 50s, she attended Wayne State University and received a Bachelors and a Masters degree. It was then she found her true calling. She worked for 25 years at the Children’s Center in Detroit where she helped abused and neglected kids, retiring at age 84. Up till three months ago, she hosted a radio show on the Chaldean Voice. Betty went to Jesus on Wednesday, July 29, after a major stroke. She was 92.

I remember her fondly. I met her 20 years ago when I was involved with CARE and CASA and CALC and CFA. Many of us were involved in all of these at some point in our lives! (Pre-marriage and pre-kids!) She was often around encouraging us. I remember Betty telling me how important it was for a woman to have an education and to work. I saw how much children meant to her, because they had meant so much to me too as I was studying to be a teacher. She would always share some motivating thoughts and say how proud she was of me and of my friends as we were all young women in college. I haven’t seen her in a very long time-maybe 15 years!- but her advice and her support always stuck with me. You never know where your few kind words will go!

Two decades ago, you were hard-pressed to find a college-educated Chaldean woman. I was always awestruck by her- an old lady with multiple degrees working a meaningful job, making a difference. That’s what I aspired to be! Betty was a wonderful role model for not only young Chaldean girls like me, but also for our whole community. Thank you Betty!

My condolences to her whole family. May God rest her soul. 🙏🏼♥️
KF

Kelly Flaherty

Posted at 05:06pm
JMJ
Dear Saman,
Please know that I am praying for you. The world has lost an amazing woman and we grieve by your side.
In Christ,
Kelly Flaherty
St. Louis Center
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