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Rachel Dwaihy

Rachel Theresa Dwaihy

Monday, November 19th, 1917 - Wednesday, November 6th, 2019
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Rachel Theresa Nader Dwaihy

Rachel Theresa Nader Dwaihy passed away on November 6, 2019, two weeks shy of her 102nd birthday.

Mother of 10 and grandmother/great-grandmother to nearly 60, Rachel was the matriarch of the Dwaihy clan and beloved heart of the family.

She is survived by her children Paula (James) Edgar, Anne Marie (Thomas) Abowd, Margaret Pryor, John (Karen), Norman (Madeleine), Rachelle (Steven Morris), Marian (Thomas Briske), Jane (Ron) Omilian, and George (Carolin).

She was preceded in death by her husband Dr. Paul Joseph Dwaihy, daughter and son-in-law Elizabeth and David Barr, sister Marie Shaieb, and brothers Joseph, Anthony and Edward.

Born in LaGrange, Georgia, on November 19, 1917, to Lebanese immigrants George Nader and Anne Karam Nader, Rachel was the eldest of five children. Early on, she studied classical piano under the tutelage of the Ursuline sisters. She learned Arabic and mastered the ways of Lebanese hospitality from her parents.

In 1940, Rachel married Paul Dwaihy, a respected physician, and himself the child of Lebanese immigrants. They raised a family of ten children on Detroit's east side, and sustained a devoted partnership until his death in 1985.

Rachel embodied the Arab ethic of beiti beitkum-my house is your house-and to sit at her table was to feel at home. She made food for all, sharing a hot bowl of green beans and rice with her secret spice.

A glimmer in Rachel's eyes signaled the beginning of a story with vivid images of the family's origins, her voice channeling the melody of love songs that her parents sang to each other.

Rachel lined the walls of her home with the graduation photos of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and delighted in taking visitors for a walk along this "wall of fame," proudly proclaiming the achievements and character of each graduate.

A lifelong avid reader, Rachel zoomed through books, and drew on the work of authors, filmmakers, poets, and saints, sharing her gathered wisdom freely. In quiet moments together, she'd recite a passage. This one from Shakespeare's Hamlet was a favorite:

"This above all: to thine own self be true. And it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man."

Rachel's family and community carry her spirit forward with gratitude, in awe of her beautiful life.

Rachel was the beloved wife of the late Dr. Paul Joseph Dwaihy. She was the loving mother of Paula (James) Edgar, Anne Marie (Dr. Thomas) Abowd, Margaret Pryor, John F.X. (Karen) Dwaihy, Norman P. (Madeline) Dwaihy, Rachelle (Steven Morris) Dwaihy, Marian (Thomas Briske) Dwaihy Briske, Jane (Ron) Omilian, George (Carolin) Dwaihy, and the late Elizabeth (the late David Barr) Dwaihy-Barr. Dear Grandmother of Frank (Cindie) Murphy, Paul (Danielle) Murphy, Patrick (Tonia) Murphy, Thomas P. Abowd, Mary Rachel (Loren Lybarger) Abowd, Michael (Jemma) Abowd, Gabriele (James) Damico, Elizabeth (Aaron Steingold) Abowd, Paul (Katie Green) Abowd, Marie Claire Pryor, Timothy (Chantal Gagné) Pryor, Laura (Yvan Stern-Plaza) Pryor, John M. Dwaihy, Genevieve (Michael) Tusa, Paul J. (Christina) Dwaihy II, Joseph (Sara Dykstra) Dwaihy, Renee (James Bret Logan) Dwaihy-Logan, David P. (Meghan) Dwaihy, James Manganello, Paul Manganello, Jonathon Manganello, Gabriel Omilian, Marta (Emmanuel Aubrey) Dwaihy, Paul F. (Courtney Kotsko) Dwaihy, Katie (Chris) Gray, Paulette Briske, and the late Veronica Dwaihy. Cherished Great-Grandmother of Samuel Noss, Rachel Murphy, Helen Murphy, Parker Murphy, Riley Murphy, Olivia Lybarger, Rachel Lybarger, Charlie Abowd, Sofie Abowd, Daniel Damico, Theo Pryor, Max Pryor, Alex Stern-Plaza, Peter Hopkins, Gabrielle Dwaihy, Paul Dwaihy III, Lillian Dwaihy, Eva Dwaihy, Alison Logan, Grace Logan, Lyla Dwaihy, Evan Dwaihy, Yarro Dwaihy-Aubrey, and Isaiah Dwaihy.

Rachel will lie instate on Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 10 am until the time of her funeral mass at 11 am at St. Maron Maronite Church, 11466 Kercheval Street, Detroit, Michigan 48214.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Rachel's name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or St. Maron Maronite Church, 11466 Kercheval Street, Detroit, MI 48214.

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  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, November 9th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, November 9th, 2019 11:00am
    St. Maron Maronite Catholic Church
    11466 Kercheval
    Detroit, Michigan 48214
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    She will lie instate from 10 am until the time of her Funeral Mass.
  • Interment

    Mt. Olivet Cemetery
    17100 Van Dyke Ave
    Detroit, Michigan 48234
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Margaret Cuper

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Merrie Gay Ayrault

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This beautiful woman was an inspiration to me as a young mother. She was gracious, loving, and always a great listener. Her grace was a lesson to aspire to in raising children. May she rest peacefully in God’s loving arms.

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