Rose Krikorian was born in Kars, Armenia as Goharig "Pearl" Garabedian. With her family, she was hidden by a Turkish family and eventually smuggled to the United States where they settled in Los Angeles, CA. This made her one of the youngest and last survivors of the Armenian Genocide and the chaos of post World War I. At age three, a teacher who knew her to be a refugee child, gave her the name Rose and a new birth year so she could start school. As a teenager, Rose met Simon "Sam" Krikorian. They were married just six months before Pearl Harbor. During the war, Rose worked as a financial controller for The United States Army Air Corps. After the war, they returned to Fresno raising and loving their family. Rose worked at Sears for many decades. Rose loved her God deeply. She studied daily and tried to emulate him by being kind, thoughtful, and non-judgmental at all times. Rose passed away on Sunday, February 12, 2017, after living a full and wonderful life. She gave great joy and blessings to all around her and will be missed greatly. Rose was preceded in death by her parents, Kevork and Miriam Garabedian; husband Sam; and family members, Bill and Elsie Pratty, Connie and Joe Kellejian, John and Ann Garabedian, Varsen and Paul Darbinian, George and Claire Krikorian, Armon and Jake Fathy, Edward and Mary Karahadian, Charles Boornazian, Haig Kasparian, Beverly Makrdichian, and Charles M. Boornazian. Rose is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Margie Krikorian; daughter, Sharon Krikorian; sister-in-law, Charlotte Kasparian; and many nieces and nephews and their spouses, children and grandchildren, whom she loved dearly and equally. A Funeral Service will be held at Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. A luncheon will follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hinds Hospice; The California Armenian Home; or Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church.
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