OBITUARY

Mitchell Abraham

June 20, 1930January 3, 2014

Mitchell Abraham, 83, fell asleep into the arms of the Lord on January 3, 2014. Our most precious and beloved Mitchell was born and raised in El Paso, TX, where he excelled in academics and sports at El Paso High, Texas A & M, and Texas College of Mines (UTEP). He was married to the love of his life Georgette Nabhan Abraham for 64 wonderful years and was the beloved father of Annette Haddad (Bryan), Brian Abraham (Guadalupe), Frederick Abraham, and Mary Jeanine Lubin (Lance). He was adored by his grandchildren Kimberly Michael (Sammy), Michael Abraham, Mariam Haddad, Rachel Lubin, and Sandy DeAnda; and by his great grandchildren Sofia, Jamiliee, Bryan J. and Angela. His extraordinary imagination, sense of humor, and impressive memory made him a genuine story-teller whose tales were enjoyed by countless friends and family. He could make us laugh in a flash. Mitchell was a successful businessman and owner of Abraham’s Market for more than 60 years, where he treated his many customers like treasured friends. He was a man of integrity and was generous to a fault, a true family man. Mitchell was preceeded in death by his parents Sam Esber Abraham and Mariam Nacim Abraham, his sister Tamra Esper and brother Arthur Abraham. He is survived by his loving wife Georgette, his adoring children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, his big sister Sallie Malooly, and by his many nieces and nephews. Mitchell was so very loyal and unconditionally loving and generous to his family. We will miss him with all our hearts forever. Pallbearers are Frederick Abraham, Bryan Haddad, Lance Lubin, Sammy Michael, Michael Abraham, Adib Dayoub, Habib Salloum, and Edmund Esper. Honorary Pallbearers are Joseph (Sib) Abraham, Bryan Abraham, Ned Abraham, Sami Esper, George Zacour, Norman Ekery, Gilbert Malooly, Sr., Mickey Esper, Albert Malooly, Jr., Albert Haddad, Fred Nabhan, George Nabhan, Norman Haddad, and William Anthony Tahan. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 from 5:00 to 9pm with a Trisagion service at 7:00pm at Martin Funeral Home West. Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 10 am at St George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 120 N. Festival Dr, El Paso, TX 79912 with Rev. Father George Al-Dehneh and Very Rev. Jehad Michael officiating. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens of the Valley, 4900 McNutt Rd, Santa Teresa, NM 88008. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. George Orthodox Church, 120 N. Festival, El Paso, TX 79912 or St. Jude Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Services entrusted to Martin Funeral Home West, 128 N. Resler Dr, El Paso, TX 79912. www.MartinFuneralHomeWest.com

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, January 7, 2014
  • Trisagion Service Tuesday, January 7, 2014
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 8, 2014
REMEMBERING

Mitchell Abraham

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ABDO NASIM

February 24, 2014

I AM A FIRST COUSIN TO MITCHELL ON MY FATHERS SIDE.HIS MOTHER AND MY DAD WERE SIBLINGS.HE WAS A GREAT PERSON.WE LOOKED LIKE BROTHERS!

Marian Haddad

January 25, 2014

Dearest Aunt Georgette, Annette & Bryan, Mary Jean & Lance, Brian, Freddy, your children and grandchildren, the full families that stemmed from this wonderful couple who lived well and loved their family well, together; words are only so able to describe the imprint of Uncle Mitchell's life and legacy, his impact on many; me, for one.

I have not stopped thinking of each of you since the news, and was fully in-spirit with you during this time of earth's loss and heaven's gain [I envision Uncle Mitchell has already been given good work to do, up in the heavens, since he did so well, here, on earth. I assume his greatest duty now is acting as a beacon of light, an angel, a powerful guardian, for his beloveds. I pray you can feel his presence, as it is still with you, as is the recollection of his very sweet, sweet smile and equally sweet eyes. He was a hanoun. I believe with my whole heart that his spirit is still near and around each of you, and more powerfully, his younger, stronger self, coming to the protection and aide of his beloveds, from his celestial place, at any given moment, at any given time, just as he did here.

My own recollections of Uncle Mitchell are many and varied, since my youth, but I was always most amazed at his incredible commitment to his family; his firm pride in his ancestry and his cultural lineage, and his inherited language; and his pride and participation in his El Paso community. I recall Abraham's Big 8 on Piedras, him behind the meat counter; I remember, later in life, when Kimmie and Sammy owned the Bazaar, he and Aunt Georgette would be there helping, washing vegetables, cutting them, working with their grandchildren, "truly" constant supports, offering love and complete presence in their family's daily lives.

I was also always very moved by his respect for his elders, and was always personally touched by the kindness he always exuded towards my parents, he was empathetic and respectful and sweet and attentive. And I know this, because I saw it. He carried respect with him. And I was always impressed, as a child, that it was in Mitchell and Georgette's home that Amo Esber lived; so he took care of those who came before him and those who came after him. How then, will the Lord not take care of him? I can only imagine Uncle Mitchell's mother there to greet her son at the gates.

What an example of honesty and hard work and generosity and commitment he was, not giving "of" the self, but giving the entire self to those he loved: a firm foundation, a comfortable cushion, a girding strength and support, and an umbrella under which his beloveds lived and thrived. A patriarch. A prince.

As for me, I always looked up to him as quite an example of so much that was good, and honorable, and admirable, someone to emulate, rare in the world....and a great carrier of wisdom/s. A teller of fine stories, a teacher in that way, as well. Whenever I would compliment him on these things, or anything, he was truly humble, would look down and quietly say, "Why thank you, Murrium, thank you."

No words, and many words. But it is memory that will stay, and the lessons learned from observing the man, the way in which he conducted his life. What a light.

His last words to me were during a phone conversation this past summer, we talked about his children and grandchildren, and the pride in his voice was palpable, large, you could see the smile--and the great love for each of you. They say you know when someone loves you, because "your name feels safe in their mouth." Your names were safe in his mouth, and accompanied with a happy pride in your many successes.

I count myself blessed to have known him, and from childhood. This is a gift. For that, I am grateful.

He will remain, for me and for many, a great example of what is good, and fine, and best in a man, which many might aspire to, but few might attain.

Memory eternal + "Well done, though good and faithful servant, well done." A message which I feel certain he was welcomed with, into the arms of our great Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And we will meet again. It is promised.

Tiffany Wilson

January 16, 2014

May this hope give the family of Mr.Abraham comfort (Titus 1:2).

Carmen Delgado Batista

January 12, 2014

Dearest Georgette,
I just read about the passing of Mitch. I am deeply saddened. I don't know if you remember me. I am one of the daughters of Delia and Guillermo Delgado. My parents used to shop at your store for many years. My dad passed away 23 June of this year. Please accept my deepest and heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Sincerely,

Susie Aikman

January 12, 2014

Dear Abraham family,
Our deepest condolences for the passing of a very kind and honorable gentleman. My mother-in-law, Mary Aikman, shopped for years with Mitchell and Georgette. They always greeted her warmly and provided the best customer service of any store then or now. They made a trip to the supermarket such a pleasurable experience! May his many fine qualities live on through the lives of his family. God bless.

Margaret Palafox

January 11, 2014

Dear Georgette:
I was saddened to learn of your loss. Mitchell was such a fine man. Mario loved him very much. I am living in California with my daughter otherwise I would stop by and visit. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Fondly, Peggy Palafox

Jeanne Salsbury Hoover

January 11, 2014

I just read of Mitchell's death, living in Arizona I do not hear much. Mitchell is one person that I can never forget. We went to grade school and high school together. Last saw him at a reunion, he was the same wonderful person. How could anyone forget him, his humor and his smile. His passing will create a huge loss to his family and will never be forgotten by those whose life he has touched. Glad he was in my life.

Mary Ellen Reding

January 10, 2014

I remember how welcoming Mr. Abraham was to me and my family when we began attending St. George Church. May he rest in peace

Domingo Urquiza

January 10, 2014

Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. I had and will always have the highest regard for Mr. Abraham and will miss his friendly smile which was one of a kind.

Norma Hunt

January 9, 2014

Mrs. Abraham, I am so very sad for your loss. What a kind decent man your husband was. Mike and I will miss him. Fondly, Norma and Mike Hunt