On July 24, 2016, Mary Matosian Morabito, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, died peacefully in Santa Barbara, California. She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 23, 1929 to Armenian genocide survivors, the fourth of six daughters. In 1946, Mary moved to Los Angeles, California with her family. In 1951, while attending nurses training at Los Angeles County General Hospital, she met Dominic Morabito, of Brooklyn, New York. They were married that year, and settled in Temple City, California where they raised their four children. Mary was a brilliant poet, first published at the age of 17. Some of her most extensive poetic works include “Ara the Beautiful,” a love story; “The Illuminator,” about Saint Gregory the Illuminator who brought Christianity to Armenia, and “North Pole,” about the Peary expedition to the Arctic — all published in Ararat Magazine. She worked for many years as a Registered Nurse. Mary loved to sing, read, and joke. (She will be fondly remembered by her children as “The Queen.”) She was an avid scrabble player often scoring over 450.
Mary is survived by her four children: David Morabito (Rosemary), Stella Morabito Green (Brian), Lucille Morabito, and Mary O’Neill; her six grandchildren Elizabeth, Jason, and Dominque O’Neill; and Nathaniel, Benjamin, and Brian David Green; and three sisters Anna Hadjinian, Lillian Salazar and Sarah Fisk. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Dominic, her parents Khatcher and Sophie Matosian, and sisters Margaret Clark and Alyce Deubert. Services will be held 11AM on Wednesday August 3 at the Holy Cross Armenian Apostolic Cathedral, 900 W Lincoln Ave, Montebello. A graveside service will follow at Savannah Memorial Park Pioneer Cemetery 9263 Valley Blvd, Rosemead. Donations may be made in her memory to the Parkinson’s Research Foundation.