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August 12, 1947 September 6, 2017
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Hourig Toukhanian Jacobs was born in Beirut, Lebanon on August 12, 1947. Her Armenian parents, Bedros and Eugenie (Baghdassarian) Toukhanian, were survivors of the 1915 Armenian Genocide. They instilled in her a deep love for Armenian culture including language, history, poetry, and song. She attended Nshan Palanjian Jemaran School in Beirut. One of her favorite activities was playing high school basketball. Her team became the national champions of Lebanon and went on to compete internationally in Budapest, Hungary. She immigrated to Detroit, Michigan, with her family in 1966. She studied Foreign Language Education at Wayne State University in Detroit, majoring in French language and minoring in Spanish. In 1967, she met Robert Jacobs of Royal Oak, Michigan, the start of a beautiful and loving relationship. They married in 1968 and had four children (Carl, Cathy, Seta and Jenny). She enjoyed teaching foreign languages: French at Mumford High School, Armenian language at the ARS Day School, and offering private Armenian language classes for adults. Her experiences in teaching all levels of Armenian culminated in writing a beginner’s Armenian language textbook. As a member of the Armenian Congregational Church of Greater Detroit, she delighted in teaching Sunday school, for over 30 years, and also served as a deacon. She had a great love for music and enjoyed teaching the children Christian songs. Her deep faith and gentle spirit inspired others. She had a genuine interest in people, their lives and their well-being. People felt this immediately upon meeting Hourig for the first time. She would ask questions about their life story with sincere curiosity. On a second meeting, they felt like they had known her forever because she would pick up the conversation exactly where it had left off. She made everyone feel special because she actually thought they were special. One of her lifelong dreams came true when she traveled to the homeland of her parents in 2010, Historic Western Armenia (present day Turkey). She visited many historic Armenian sites, including the cities of Kharpert (her mother’s birthplace) and Van (her father’s birthplace). She felt a deep spiritual connection to these places and treasured every moment of her pilgrimage. After her return to the USA, she shared many of these experiences through public speaking engagements and online postings. She courageously fought for the last four and half years against cancer, always with a positive attitude and a loving smile. Some call her sweet and gentle; some call her strong and faithful; her siblings call her angel. She will be deeply missed by all who were blessed to have known her ............She is survived by her loving, devoted husband Robert Jacobs; four children, Carl (Melanie), Cathy (Leo) Brito, Seta Sanchez and Jenny (Mike) Mullen; seven grandchildren, Armen, Allison, Camille, Joseph, Colette, Aaron, and Christopher; three siblings, Hrayr Toukhanian, Sebouh (Maureen) Toukhanian, Seta (Ohan) Tabakian; two cousins, Maro (Harout) Matosian, Zareh (Karen) Baghdassarian. She enjoyed the love of many nieces, nephews, and extended family.................. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Armenian Congregational Church of Greater Detroit, 26210 West Twelve Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48034.........Interment in Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, MI. .............'A memorial service for friends and family will take place on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Armenian Congregational Church of Greater Detroit, 26210 West Twelve Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48034'.........Watch for the forthcoming newspaper death notice in the Detroit News/Free Press on Sunday, October 1, 2017........... KINDLY LEAVE A LOVING REMEMBRANCE HERE - Thank You

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