Samia Abi-Merched

Born on 08/22/1938

Departed on 03/14/2017

Resided in Fredericksburg, Virginia

Samia Abi-Merched of Fredericksburg passed away Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at Mary Washington Hospital.

Samia was born August 22, 1938 to Adele and Mahmoud Safa. She enrolled in Lebanon into a private British missionary school until graduation. Samia and Wassim were married in Beirut, Lebanon on October 10, 1966 and immigrated to the USA to arrive on November 11, 1967 after having been sponsored by Wassim’s late aunt Nouhad Solomon and her husband Joseph A Solomon. Samia and Wassim became US citizens on the bicentennial year in 1976. Wassim took over the Knotty Pine Grill from his aunt’s husband and then converted it to Sheharazad’s candlelight restaurant at 715 Caroline St, across from the visitor’s center that was established a few years later. At the restaurant, Samia excelled in introducing the homemade Lebanese cuisine to the area for the first time in the early seventies and her cooking was featured in more than one national Food and Tourism magazine as well as the Free Lance-Star.

After the Restaurant was sold along with the building in the mid-eighties to the late Dr. Sam Emory (Sammy T), Samia accepted with the greatest pleasure the job of Paraprofessional at Grafton Village Elementary where she immensely enjoyed 27 years of happiness and touched with her shiny smile and warm heart the lives of hundreds of children and was touched by theirs. She was greatly loved by the teachers, the staff, the children and their parents. Samia fought with great courage to recover from her fall and hip surgery but complications due to heart failure took her away from us, to our great dismay, on the night of March 14, 2017.

Samia is survived by her husband of 51 years, Wassim Abi-Merched; her two daughters Zena and Deena Abi-Merched; two grandchildren Tommy and Aniston; a brother Salim Safa in Lebanon; a sister Munira Safa Salha, in Australia; and cousin Samir Abimourched in Reston, VA.

A service will be held at noon on Saturday, March 25 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens where a Lebanese religious person will pray on her soul according to our Druze religion.

In lieu of flowers, it is preferable that gestures of sympathy manifest in donations to a non-profit heart organization of your choice such as the American Heart Association.

7 thoughts on Samia Abi-Merched

  1. Josephine Kamel on said:

    Dear Baba, Deena, and Zena,

    May the care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. My most sincere condolences to your family. I was glad to have known her and am honored that she was a part of my life for the past 30 years.

    Love,
    Jo

  2. Cathy Garner Windsor on said:

    So sorry to hear the news about your mom passing. My heart goes out to the family at this difficult time. She was a wonderful woman and will be deeply missed.

  3. Karen and Joe Veno on said:

    This is such sad news! Samia was such an amazing sweet lady! We had the pleasure of knowing the entire family along with sweet Auntie Nohad. May God comfort you and wrap his legion of Angels around you! Our love and prayers!

  4. Amy Pisciotta on said:

    Miss Samia was always such an inspiration to me at Grafton Village Elementary. She was also so happy, positive, and just a bright light. The children loved her as did the staff. I absolutely loved when she brought in her treats to the office and she even made my daughter one to take to foods around the world in her high school class. She is such a special and beautiful person and I know there is such a void in everyone’s life that she touched. Prayers are lifted for your family.

  5. Dalton Tate on said:

    Miss Samia was pure class. She was a great lady in every way. She was kind, gentle and always respectful of everyone.She was a joy to meet and know. She set a great example of what a fine lady should be. Her smile and kindness will be missed. I will be praying for her family. God bless you always.

  6. Judy Purinton on said:

    Miss Samia was a remarkable, loving, caring, sweet woman who touched the lives of so many children and staff as well as parents at Grafton Village. She was also an amazing cook and always insisted on sharing her food at lunch! She introduced me to so many delicious new foods. My prayers to the family and for her sole. Miss you!

  7. Theresa Crawley on said:

    She was such a beautiful lady. I have fond memories of Sheherazad’s and her elegant dancing. Thoughts and prayers for the family as you suffer her loss.

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