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Audrey Derderian
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Audrey Derderian funeral arrangements are the following:
Visiting April 15, 2018 Sunday from 5pm to 8pm, with Dan Gark prayers at 7:30pm in St. Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church, 19300 Ford Road, Dearborn, MI.....
The family will also receive friends in church on Monday from 10am until time of funeral services at 11:00am....
Interment in Woodmere Cemetery....
Memorials may be sent to St. Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church......
Kindly leave a loving remembrance here for the family and friends to read. Than You.

“A Letter to Audrey”

Dear Mom:
Your children have been asked to write a biography of you. You know the kind that list dates, events, and accomplishments? …and Yes, Of Course, You’ve had so many important days, so many successes, oh so many accomplishments, but we’ve decided to forgo most of the “What, Why, and When” and focus in on the “Who”…because WHO YOU ARE IS A REMARKABLE THING INDEED!
So many things shape a person into who they are. Parents, Religion, Economic Conditions, Etc.., but even if we consider that you were a Daughter of Strong and Intelligent Parents, A true believer of the Armenian Apostolic Faith, and a child of the Depression years, none of this can fully explain the person you became.
The Daughter every parent hopes for. The Wife every man dreams of. The Mother every child prays for. To Be sure, you were all these things, yet somehow you became more. You became the center of the universe, not by Ego, or Demand, but by forces so much stronger than these….LOVE, COMPASSION, AND CARING.
When people were in need they came to Audrey. When a person’s heart was laden with sadness, they sought out Audrey. When a success was found that person would ultimately first call Audrey. You were there for everyone, not merely your family, but all relations, friends, even people you worked with and employed. No problem was insurmountable; no need to great, no sacrifice was too enormous to see that those in need were cared for and made whole.
Mom, do you remember when you use to read poetry to us?
“Jenny Kissed Me When We Met,
Jumping From The Chair She Sat In;”
Leigh Hunt, “Jenny Kissed Me”

How wonderful those nights of the written word. What a joyful memory of quiet evenings listening to you, hearing you share your love with us with every syllable. As we look back we realize that you were teaching us without class time, without homework, but with the extra credit of the love of words, spoken with care…recited from the heart. To this day, we read…read from the heart…and hear your sweet voice in every word.

Mom, both You and Dad had so much on your shoulders. A Business to run. Extended Family to care for. Parents in need. Three children waiting for you at home. Yet, despite the incredible long hours, you both put in, there was always time…time for family…silly parties on Sunday Nights…vacations that seemed to last forever (and have, in memory, lasted till this day,) Sundays at St. Sarkis…and holidays that were more magical than we can ever describe. Yes, we know you had the love of your life by your side and that with love such wonders are possible, but Mom, How Did You Do It?

How, on that Cold February Day did you face tomorrow?

“We Woke One Cold Grey Morning,
To Find Our Closest Friends.
Where Once Were Two, We Were Left With You.
And You Began Again.”

Left with a business to run and three children to care for you looked life in the eye and never missed a beat. Robert Vanig Was Gone. That love, you both leaned on, would not be there to steel you through each day. How did you do it? Sinatra at Midnight was now replaced by a cacophony of dissonance. You wept all night and you smiled all day. How? Our lives would never be the same, but you saw to it that we would never be found wanting…Wanting For Anything….Audrey and Bob’s Love Would Survive In Their Children.

…and the years they tumbled forward and you continued to love and care for us. Sharing every success, every failure…lifting us up and catching us when we fell, being by our sides on this roller coaster called life. You never asked for anything for yourself, but to see your children smile. Oh, Mom how we wish we realized then what we recognize now that as you continued to give more and more of yourself to us, the clock was ticking, and that never ending supply of wonderful love, so gladly given, had a price…, But Mom, I think you tried to tell us all along:

“Time, You Thief, who love to get
Sweets into your list, put that in!
Say I’m weary, say I’m sad,
Say that health and wealth have missed me,
Say I’m growing old, but add,
Jenny Kissed Me.”
Leigh Hunt “Jenny Kissed Me”

So here we are and tomorrow has finally arrived…an unimaginable tomorrow…without the compass of our lives. Mom, know this, you have prepared us well. We will persevere, we will smile, and one day, through the Love of Christ…A Love Taught to us by our Armenian Heritage, Our Grandparents, and Both You and Dad, we will see you around the corner…and you will say, “Where Have You Been, I’ve Been Waiting For You!”….”Dee Dee, Lorry, and Shakay Kissed Me When We Met!”


“Now That She Is Gone, I know One Thing:
Wheresoever She Was, There Was Eden.”
Mark Twain, “The Diaries of Adam and Eve”


With Love,


Your Children
Diane Seta
Lawrence Deran
Joyce Shakay

Audrey Derderian
Loving Daughter of Levon and Hasvart Sogoian
Graduate of Wayne State University Bachelor of Science
Lambda Kappa Sigma Omicron Member
Graduate Wayne State School of Pharmacy
Beloved Wife of Robert Vanig Derderian
Cherished Daughter In Law of Atanas and Armenouhi Derderian
Pharmacist
Business Owner
Editor of Blue and Gold Triangle Newsletter
Incredible Mother of Three
One Remarkable Human Being


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