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Memory Eternal! + Gloria D. Armistead

Gloria Diane Armistead: August 4, 1928 – April 27, 2016
"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His faithful servants." (Psalm 116:15)

Memory Eternal! Gloria Diane Farah Armistead, after a decade-long struggle with lymphocytic leukemia, peacefully fell asleep in our Lord Jesus Christ during the late evening of Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at the Good Life Senior Living Center in El Paso, Texas. 

Gloria was born on August 4, 1928, in Beaumont, Texas. She was christened as Gloria Dian Farha, the spelling of her middle and last names later modified to "Diane" and "Farah." She was the second youngest of six children born to Amelia and John Farah, Jr., who had emigrated to the U.S. from the port city of Tripoli, Lebanon. 

Gloria graduated from Beaumont High School in 1945 and undertook additional studies at Angelo's Business College in Beaumont, Texas. In 1965, Gloria moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and began working at Louisiana State University. She remained at LSU for next 13-years, before moving to El Paso in 1978. In El Paso Gloria found employment at the University of Texas at El Paso where she worked as an Administrative Assistant in the UTEP's Department of Economics and Finance under the direction of the Department Chair, Professor Timothy P. Roth.

Gloria was a woman of faith. While living in Beaumont, she was involved in St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church. She acquired an extensive knowledge of the liturgical services and took an active role in instructing many of the hymns and prayers of the Orthodox Christian faith. In addition to her involvement in the spiritual life of the church, Gloria also participated in the National Governing Conference. She had a special relationship with the clergy of the Archdiocese and was well-respected.

Upon moving to El Paso, Gloria joined Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church. At St. George, she was involved in numerous organizations including the Society of Orthodox Youth Organizations (SOYO), the Saint George Ladies Society, and the Fellowship of St. John the Divine. For almost two decades, she served as a chanter and in the Church choir under the direction of her spiritual godson, Sub-deacon Michael Sifuentes. Gloria also served three terms as Recording Secretary on the North American Board of the Antiochian Women from 1980 to 1983; from 1987 to 1989; and from 1991 to 1993. She managed the Church Bookstore and, every May during the Church's annual "Feast in the Middle East," Gloria operated a concession booth selling books, icons and religious gifts. Over the last decade, Gloria's declining health forced her to curtail her church activities, but her faith never wavered.

Gloria was a devoted daughter, sister, aunt, and godmother. She was preceded in death by her brothers Constantine, Emile, Ledor, and Harry, and by her sister Yvonne Farah; she is survived by her nephew Shaheen Farah and his wife Kerri of Beaumont, Texas, by her niece Amelia Lyons and her husband Gene of Odessa, Texas, and by two grandnieces, two grandnephews, two great grandnieces, and three great grandnephews.

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