Condolence & Memory Journal

My Grandma loved writing and reading. I wish I knew on a more intimate level what it was that made her love it so much. But I do believe that I inherited my love for words from her. And I wish I had the chance to tell her that.
I do remember from my childhood staying in the old house on Pennsylvania Street with my family. My sister and I kept the downstairs room...and our over-use of the window AC unit would make her worry. I remember looking in closets and finding stacks of Agatha Christy novels (I was obsessed with them for years, by the way). I remember the smell of aging paper, dust, and time, really. I remember ping-pong games held in the downstairs basement. I remember hushed, and very serious games of cards-- Canasta.
After all of these memories, however, I lived many years in the life of a distant grandchild. It wasn't until I started a family of my own that I began writing letters to Grandma. Though our lives were very much separate, I am so glad we kept up with even that small correspondence. We wrote many letters to one another....not nearly as many as we should have...but in this day and age? I'm so proud and thankful for the hand-written letters we produced.
I remember sending her pictures of my daughter--her first and only great grandchild. I had no idea that my daughter would be her only.
It has been many years since I have seen my grandmother or visited her home. It has been many months since we last sent one another a letter. But she has been on my mind and I miss her now--and I will always miss finding a surprise letter from her in the mail.
Grandma, I love you...and I wish you could have met my Elizabeth. She is so smart and she loves to read. I pray that you are resting peacefully and you're with Grandpa, once again.
With great love,
Your granddaughter Sarah, husband Matt, and great grandchild Elizabeth

Posted by Sarah Stevens - Yorktown, VA - Granddaughter   July 23, 2015

Happy to have had the opportunity to be around Monoush over the holidays and growing up. I will miss her recollections of Grandma's time in Armenia, but most of all seeing her, Garo, Lucy, and Mary all together. XO, Keeley Pratt, Great Neice

Posted by Keeley Pratt - Columbus, OH - Great Neice   July 23, 2015

Loved the video and seeing pictures of the family. We will miss her.

Posted by Kim Branson - Indianapolis, IN - Friend   July 22, 2015

To my Aunt...who was an avid collector of beautiful things...and whose pride in her Armenian heritage was almost solely responsible for our learning and understanding the plight of my Grandmother during the Armenian Genocide. I am not sure in life that she understood how much she was appreciated...or how much she will be missed.
In fond remembrance....

Posted by Nancy - Indpls, IN - niece   July 22, 2015


Aunt Moni was a person of deep convictions, wonderful stories, great range of interests and she was loved by all her family. We l miss her smile and encouraging expressions.

Posted by John & Linda Snyder - Jasper, IN   July 21, 2015