Alexandra Leila Baba

November 4, 1934January 25, 2013

Alexandra Leila Gillette Baba November 4, 1934 - January 25, 2013

Alexandra was born on November 4, 1934 in Superior Arizona. Her parents were Rev. Fr. Elias and Salwa Gillette. Her mother, Salwa, was the first Lebanese actress in Hollywood. Alexandra grew up in New London , Connecticut up to the age of seven. She then moved with her family to Los Angeles California.

Alexandra met Joseph Nicholas Baba at St.Nicholas Antiochian cathedral in Los Angeles and they were married November 1954. They had four beautiful children: June, Phillip, Paul and Eileen. They raised their children in the Hollywood Hills. In Hollywood, Alexandra, while raising her children, owned a boutique called "Baba's Fashions" where she catered to celebrities.

Alexandra's and her family moved to Northern California to the beautiful city of Los Altos. Twenty years were spent in Los Altos until she moved to be near her mother in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her husband Joseph passed away in Nevada March 2010 and soon after she came to live in West Sacramento with Fr. Paul, Kh Jean and family. She lived her remaining life with them until her passing from this life on January 25, 2013 at 11:07 a.m.

Alexandra's accomplishments 1) Active Teen S.O.Y.O member at age 15. 2) Married Joseph and had four children, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. 3) Founding member St. Michael's Antiochian Church, Van Nuys. 4) Founded Church of the Redeemer under fr. John Ocania. 5) Founder of St. Herman of Alaska Church in Sunnyvale. 6) Established Byzantium Orthodox Gallery in San Francisco, CA. 7) Supported Holy Virgin Mary Antiochian Church in West Sacramento, CA. 8) Supporter of Russian Pilgrim Magazine. 9) Supporter of Publication of the St Herman of Alaska Monastery of Platina, CA. 10) Antiochian Woman President of Diocese. 11) Order of St. Ignatius Member. 12) Donated two beautiful Arbors for Holy Virgin Mary Courtyard (Stage arbor is named "The Alexandra Theater")

She was loved by so many. May our gracious Lord look upon her good deeds and remember her in His heavenly Kingdom. We love you Mom, Grandma, Great-grandma and handmadian of the Lord. May your soul be blessed for eternity. MEMORY ETERNAL! Alexandra is survived by her daughter June Ashie and husband Clifford, son Phillip and wife Yolanda, son Fr. Paul and wife Kh Jean, daughter Eileen Fumire and husband Robb, grandchildren, Rose, Nick, Bob, Nicholas, Mitch, Nathaniel, Gabriella and great - grandchildren Jimali and Alexander. She is also survived by brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews.


  • Funeral Service Sunday, January 27, 2013

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Fr. Paul Baba

February 15, 2013

We love you Mom +

Anita Beachboard

February 14, 2013

I am so sorry to read of the loss of your Mother!! If there is comfort let it be that she is no longer in pain or tied to her bed but rather reunited with her husband!! what a touching tribute to her from Jean! Beautifully said and heartfelt...May God Bless you all and may her memory be eternal.

Jean Baba

February 7, 2013

Today I sit at my kitchen counter, not a peep in sight and I await the ring of your bell and it does not ring. So I sigh for a moment, then I remember the good times we shared and I chuckle to myself. Remember when we would eat our breakfast together and watch the Price is Right first, then Catch 21. You did not like that game show much, but you knew I did so you were patient with me and watched and I would catch you looking at me from the corner of your eye as I would yell at the TV and you would say, "See he heard you and he went with your choice." These moments I will cherish. Remember when you would call me just to say hello or ask for water and a cookie. Remember when you became so technologically correct and you would ask me "Did you text Fr Paul to remind him to get Gabby....and my favorite techy verse...."How many hits did you get on Facebook today(AKA"LIKES") Today and forever as I promised you I will pray for you til the end of time. Rest in peace with your husband, and your loved ones and don't forget the promise you made to us. Love you my American Doll.

Robert Hanna

February 6, 2013

Alexandra was one of the sweetest and most generous people I have ever known; when I was a young SOYO member, she always welcomed me into her home like an orphaned child on Sundays after church when I would visit with her outstanding sons Paul and Phil. The Baba's have always made me feel like part of the family. May her memory be eternal.

Lisa Formica

February 5, 2013

I am missing my dear Godmother Sandy. My deepest sympathies for my God brothers and sisters, and their families. May her Memory be Eternal!