Sara Saranoush Yavruyan peacefully passed away one week after her 96th birthday, on April 9, 2023, in her nicely appointed private room in Manoogian Manor, Livonia. Michigan. Sara Nazarian Yavruyan, an only child whose parents were Berge and Noemi Nazarian, was born April 2nd 1927, in Highland Park Michigan, an Armenian enclave suburb of Detroit. She attended Willard Elementary School and graduated from Highland Park High School. Sara was an art student who especially loved miniature art. She was highly recognized for her artwork and won a year scholarship to a prestigious art school, Pratt Institute, in New York
Sara went to Pratt and furthered her abilities in her natural artistic talents. Her love of classic music and drama also drew her to the Metropolitan Opera (MET), where she worked part-time as a dresser for the performers in the opera. This gave her a tremendous opportunity to meet internationally famous opera stars, among whom was Maria Calas.
After completing her studies at Pratt, Sara returned to her roots and parents in Highland Park, where she crafted many of her own garments as an outstanding seamstress. She began working as an legal secretary at American Motors, where she developed new friends. That budded into a life-long friendship with Jill Silverstein, whose artistic endeavors were encouraged by Sara. Sara maintained her friendships through letters known for her flair for the written word. Sara loved her art, and, well into her later years, continued to draw and show her beautiful pieces.
In1962, Sara married the love of her life, Dr Aram Yavruyan, in Seattle Washington. Shortly thereafter, they established their residence in Highland Park before they moved into their home in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan. They spent 59 wonderful years together building a life full with love, laughter and joy. Together they enjoyed going to classical music concerts and to the opera. Appreciating fine gourmet presentations, they also shared a love of seafood.
A very important friendship was established when Sara met Emma and Alan Wright. Many years were shared together in the community as Emma and Alan became trusted friends. They cared for Sara and Dr. Aram’s needs in their elderly years to the end of their life.
The happy couple were respected members of the community as active members of the Cultural Society of Armenians from Istanbul and their support for St.Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church and many artistic, cultural, educational, and philanthropic organizations. As past President of the Detroit Armenian Womens Club, Sara's artistic talents were held in high esteem each year as her original drawings were featured on the cover of the organization's annual Membership Directory. She was proud of the young women who would be the next generation of leaders.
Sara was a glamorous lady who was filled with love and light. Especially noted for her varied original works of art, her friends felt lucky to have her in their lives. They anxiously waited for the Holidays to receive a special original hand painted Holiday card from Sara.
Beloved sister-in-law of Masis and Zevart Ruyan; Dearest Aunt of Leila Ruyan and Clara Ruyan Martin; Special friend of Emma and Alan Wright, Mrs. Emma Sogoian, Jill Silverstein, and many other friends.
Visitation will begin on April 20, 2023, Thursday from 12;30pm until the time of funeral service at 1:00 pm in the chapel of Evergreen Cemetery, 19807 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48203. The LIVESTREAM of the funeral service is, Yavruyan Funeral Video. Interment will follow in the Yavruyan family lot in the cemetery.
Memorials may be sent in her memory to St. Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church, the Detroit Armenian Womens Club, or to CSAI.
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