Salpie Papakhian Hughes of Novi was born in Latakia, Syria on August 4, 1943 to Reverend Souren and Yeretzghin Shoushanig Papakhian, both survivors of the Armenian Genocide. At the age of four, Salpie, her parents, and older brother Asbed "Victor" immigrated to Detroit in 1947, where, in 1948, younger brother Arsen "Raffi" was born.G
Growing up in the southwest Detroit neighborhood of Delray, Salpie graduated from Western International High School in 1961. She went on to earn a Bachelors of Arts and Psychology from Wayne State University and a Masters of Education from the University of Michigan. A life-long educator, Salpie was dedicated to serving the children of Detroit as a public school teacher. Over her thirty six year career Salpie taught grades first through sixth, including a stretch of time as the only elementary French teacher in the city of Detroit. She retired in January, 2004 having touched the lives of countless children and building enduring friendships with her fellow educators.
In 1976, Salpie met and married David Hughes, the love of her life. July 29th, 1978, their daughter Noreen Shoushan was born.
Salpie was a strong independent woman, who in her youth traveled the world, including attending a semester at the Sorbonne in Paris. She enjoyed the arts and playing the piano. Blessed with a curious mind, she would often ask "Qu'est-ce que c'est?" As an avid reader, much of her summers were spent in the sun reading all kinds of books. She took supreme delight in spending time with her grandchildren and giving them "batchigs".
FAMILY MEMBERS Salpie is survived by her daughter Noreen (Scott) Mollon and her grandchildren Rhys and Max, and many Tchaparians and Papakhians around the world. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband David, older brother Asbed "Victor", and younger brother Arsen "Raffi".
Memorial Requiem Service will take place in St. Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church, 19300 Ford Road, Dearborn, MI 48128 on April 12, 2021, Monday. The family will receive friends in the church from 10am until time of service at 11:00am. Covid rules of wearing masks and social distancing will be observed in the church.
The family suggests in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to either University of Michigan - Dearborn, Armenian Research Center or the ARS in Support of Artsakh.
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