Sandra “Sandy” Avedian, age 96, passed away in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, on June 5, 2022. She was born on May 23, 1926 in Detroit to Nazaret and Nevart (Vartabedian) Halajian. Receiving her education, she graduated from Southwestern High School.
Prior to marrying Gabriel Avedian, at the age of 23, she worked at D.J. Healy, noted in Detroit as a high end women’s fashion clothing shop, whose flagship store was on Woodward Avenue in an Art Deco building in downtown Detroit. This is where she developed a great sense of style and fashion which continued throughout her life, becoming an avid home shopping queen, especially with the home shopping network.
Sandy was a homemaker for many years. She loved good food, especially Armenian food, which in her opinion was based in her mother’s kitchen.
When she became widowed, she enjoyed spending adventurous times with her older sister, who became her “partner in crime”. They loved to venture out for coffee and breakfast in the late hours of the night, just sitting for hours talking and laughing.
Sandy also enjoyed spending time with her family on trips to Saugatuck for a “girls outing”.
Sandy was the devoted wife of the late Gabriel for fifty-eight years; and was a loving mother to the late Ara Glenn Avedian, Elizabeth (Frank) Stumpf, and Denise (Anton) von Will. She will be dearly missed by her grandchildren, Heather Tucker and Jason Stumpf. Sandy is also survived by her great-grandson, Cody Dufour. Sandy was also known as a warm and loving aunt to many nieces and a nephew.
A visitation period will take place on June 10, 2022, Friday from 10:00 AM until the funeral service at 12 Noon in St. Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church, 19300 Ford Road, Dearborn, MI 48128. Interment will follow in the family lot in Woodmere Cemetery, Detroit.
In lieu of flowers, the family graciously requests that donations be made to the Ara Glenn Avedian Scholarship Fund,c/o 12493 Lighthouse Court, Plymouth, MI 48170.
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