Juliette Elias

Time of Service:

10AM Tuesday, February 21st, 2017. Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon, Senior Rabbi of B'nai Jeshurun, officiating.

Place of Service:

Riverside Memorial Chapel, NYC

Burial Location:

New Montefiore Cemetery, Farmingdale, NY
Passed away peacefully at home on Friday February 17, 2017. Juliette made it to her 100th year leaving us at 99 years and three months. She was born November 18, 1917 in Bagdad, Iraq to Amouma and Hayawi Simon. Juliette was an elegant and dynamic woman who lived a splendid and glorious life. She was a kind, curious, loving and affectionate woman while always remaining modest and unpretentious. She was oblivious to the radiance she cast wherever she went and with whomever she met. Juliette recalled to the end her Baghdad childhood where she loved roaming in the family gardens near the Tigris River. She relished her education in England and Beirut where she excelled. Juliette came to New York in April 1948 with her husband, Albert and her two daughters, Sylvia and Norma. For 69 years she delighted in the freedom and opportunities in America and never looked back. She remains a role model for her independent spirit, incomparable optimism and the unique way she lived her life. Juliette was very special to everyone, especially her immediate family. Juliette and Albert were married 52 years until his death in 1993. She spent the next 24 years enriching herself culturally and intellectually, including much travel, always sharing her knowledge and adventures with family and friends. She was an ideal mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a devoted friend to many leaving behind an indelible mark. She survived all of her adult siblings: David, Jamil, Abdallah and Maurice Simon and her sister, Rachel Sopher. Juliette leaves behind her daughter Sylvia and husband Robert Elman, and her other daughter Norma Elias and her husband Matthew Toby. She was the adoring grandmother of Mark Elman and wife Daviela Eckols, Wendy Anderson and fiancé Jim Milligan, Valerie Batchelder and husband Chuck. Sadly missing their great-grandmother are her five precious great-grandchildren, Lisel and Simon Anderson, Caroline and Kate Batchelder and Adrian Elman. Also missing Juliette is Nana Dokhnadze her caregiver and devoted friend of 7 years who helped enrich and prolong Juliette’s life. We will not see the likes of our beloved Juliette again.
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