Vivian A. Fakhoury

Born in Jaffa, Palestine on February 13, 1934

Departed on July 24, 2016 and resided in Gallatin, Tennessee

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Vivian Fakhoury, age 82, died peacefully in her sleep Sunday, July 24, 2016 at her home in Gallatin, TN.

Vivian was born February 13, 1934 in Jaffa, Palestine and is of Christian Arabic descent. She legally immigrated and became a United States citizen in 1956, a day she often told others was one of the most important moments of her life.

She is survived by her husband, of nearly 60 years, Louis; son, Roger and wife Toni, her daughter-in-law, Barbara and her grandchildren Christian, Kyle and Reagen and brother, Habib Carouba. Her second son, Gary, predeceased her.

In 1967 she became a member of the Church of God and remained so for nearly 50 years. Her husband was a long-time elder in the Church. In 2014 she and her husband moved to the Nashville, TN area.

Vivian’s life was a testament to the cornerstones of her devotions to God, family, friends and community. While she spent much of her life as a housewife and homemaker, her greatest joy was as a renowned middle-eastern cook by serving others through the food she prepared.

In particular, her arabic pastries, especially baklava, was heralded by many to be among the finest delicacies found anywhere. She had hundreds of dinner functions over many years. Vivian loved to share the food of her family heritage with many people of different backgrounds and cultures. She spread love through her devotions and culinary skills to affect lives around the world. She will be deeply missed and never replaced.

25 Comments to Vivian A. Fakhoury

  1. John and Donna Thomas
    July 27, 2016 4:29 pm

    As two of Vivian’s newest neighbors in Gallatin, we met her on several occasions, especially when we were out walking in the neighborhood. Vivian was so congenial and such a friendly person. She seemed to like to talk about gardening, and we were able to share our common past in California before moving to Tennessee to be closer to children and grandchildren. We regret not having gotten to know her better. Our condolences go to all of her family and especially to Lou.

  2. Nicole Harlan
    July 27, 2016 5:23 pm

    I was heartbroken when I heard about Aunt Vivian’s passing. I spoke with Aunt Viv a few months ago and had such a great time catching up and talking about her childhood. We were really looking forward to seeing her on her trip to San Francisco in September. When I think of Aunt Viv, I remember my trips to Grandmas and how she took me to SeaWorld, hearing her and Grandma in the kitchen in the morning prepping delicious Arabic food for dinner and her voice. There have actually been 2 times when I would be talking to someone and they sounded almost exactly like her and I would ask where they are from only to find out they were from a nearby town in Palestine. I will miss that voice and wish my kids had the opportunity to meet her. Our prayers are with you.

  3. Michael Carouba
    July 27, 2016 7:49 pm

    Aunt Viv was such a lady of sacrifice. Growing up, she helped raise her two brothers, then raised her own family and later looking after Grandma. You really cant replace someone like her that. I just feel so lucky to have been one of the countless people to experience her love and kindness….oh and of course her amazing Cooking! Uncle Lou and Rog, you are in my prayers.

  4. Mary Carouba
    July 27, 2016 11:57 pm

    There is so much I could say about my beloved Aunt Vivian because she truly was a magnificent person in all ways. She was the most steadfast and faithful person I’ve ever known; fully committed to her family, her religion, and her ideals. She worked incredibly hard up until the day she died; she was always willing to lend a hand, roll up her sleeves and get the job done, easily outpacing others less than half her age. She always did what she said she was going to do, and she remained true to her beliefs and values. I admired and trusted her tremendously – she was and is, my role model. She was a second mother; I used to tell her she was the mother of my heart. Today I rejoice that she is with God, as she fervently believed she would be one day. I rejoice that she is with her son Gary; the heartbreak of his untimely passing never left her. I rejoice that she is surely reaping what she has sown throughout her worthy life. My sorrow is that I will never hear that voice again say, “Sit down, I’m heating up some food,” or, “Tell me everything that’s going on with you, don’t leave anything out.” I will miss her dearly, love her always and will forever hold her in my heart.

  5. Mary Carouba
    July 27, 2016 11:59 pm

    There is so much I could say about my beloved Aunt Vivian because she truly was a magnificent person in all ways. She was the most steadfast and faithful person I’ve ever known; fully committed to her family, her religion, and her ideals. She worked incredibly hard up until the day she died; she was always willing to lend a hand, roll up her sleeves and get the job done, easily outpacing others less than half her age. She always did what she said she was going to do, and she remained true to her beliefs and values. I admired and trusted her tremendously – she was and is, my role model. She was a second mother; I used to tell her she was the mother of my heart. Today I rejoice that she is with God, as she fervently believed she would be one day. I rejoice that she is with her son Gary; the heartbreak of his untimely passing never left her. I rejoice that she is surely reaping what she sowed throughout her worthy life. My sorrow is that I will never hear that voice again say, “Sit down, I’m heating up some food,” or, “Tell me everything that’s going on with you, don’t leave anything out.” I will miss her dearly, love her always and will forever hold her in my heart.

  6. Kathleen Carouba
    July 28, 2016 12:38 pm

    My deepest sympathy to you, Lou, and to your family. I have many wonderful and happy memories of our times together in Pasadena. Vivian shared her culture and traditions with all of us. My children are very proud of their heritage . I will be praying with you.

  7. Tim and Barbara Bowers
    July 30, 2016 11:24 am

    We are neighbors and so sorry to hear of Vivian’s passing. She was so sweet when we spoke. We exchanged phone numbers so we could let each other know if something was needed. We waved and said hello as she came in and out in her car and in daily activities. She loved her yard. I wish we had known her better. Our condolences to each of you and especially Lou.

  8. Cindy Barton
    August 1, 2016 7:07 pm

    Vivian Fakhoury, I wasn’t prepared to let you go. My heart is still aching and my tears have not ceased. From the day you came into my life , it was as though I found my best friend, wise counselor and second mother. No one will ever replace you in my life. 31 years was not enough time with you but eternity with you is my hope and consolation. You were the perfect example of a proverbs 31 woman. Very few people can boast that claim. How do we go on from here without you? I cannot collect myself enough to call Lou.. It was the first time I questioned Gods decision. Why did He have to take you when I needed you so desperately? I pray that God will let me into His kingdom so that I can hug you again. I love you with all my heart. Rest my beautiful friend until we see each other again. xoxo??❤️

  9. Cindy Barton
    August 1, 2016 7:10 pm

    Vivian Fakhoury, I wasn’t prepared to let you go. My heart is still aching and my tears have not ceased. From the day you came into my life , it was as though I found my best friend, wise counselor and second mother. No one will ever replace you in my life. 31 years was not enough time with you but eternity with you is my hope and consolation. You were the perfect example of a proverbs 31 woman. Very few people can boast that claim. How do we go on from here without you? I cannot collect myself enough to call Lou.. It was the first time I questioned Gods decision. Why did He have to take you when I needed you so desperately? I pray that God will let me into His kingdom so that we can be together again. I love you with all my heart.

  10. Nabil (Deeb) Daoud
    August 2, 2016 2:59 pm

    Vivian, my cousin and more like a sister.
    Her picture (second slide) was always a part of our most treasured family pictures at home.
    I treasure memories of her lovely wedding, her smile and happy celebration of her love to Lou, and our subsequent visits seeing her family grow and thrive spiritually and most graciously.
    It touched my heart to see images from her beautiful life, family and grandchildren, and brought back lots of memories that I’ll cherish as long as I live. Vivian will always have a special place in my heart, until we meet again.

  11. Lee Cory
    August 2, 2016 8:23 pm

    Hello Vivian, this is your brother-in-law Lee, I feel sad that I was not able to attend the funeral, but I know you have forgiven me because you have done so many times before. Words can not describe the pain in my heart when I was notified of your passing from your son Roger. From the time you married my brother till your passing you always made an effort to call me or ask about how I was doing. I can’t tell you what that meant to me. After my mother died you made sure that I was always well fed (best Syrian food on the planet) and when I was ill you would counsel me on taking my medicine, although we both hated taking medicine. There are so many ways I can say thank you, but in closing, I want to tell you how much I appreciated your love and devotion to my brother Lou. In the 60 years you have been together it was always your intention to spend endless hours meeting the needs of my brother when he became ill and never once ever asking for anything for yourself, even though you had some health issues yourself. But, most importantly, to me was the way you spent countless amount of days and nights taking care of my mother until her passing. Thank you for that Vivian, and may the Good Lord touch you and keep you safe in your new adventure. God Bless and Keep you for eternity.

  12. Summer Daoud
    August 3, 2016 10:54 am

    Will miss you Aunt Viv! I know you and Grandma Lilly are playing cards up there. Love you.

  13. Bruce Bell
    August 3, 2016 12:32 pm

    Vivian Fakhoury . . . light, joy, love, kindness, thoughtfulness, caring, sweet, talented, giving, serving, . . . beautiful human being and sister in Christ! She has positively impacted so many lives on her journey of faith, directly through her own life, through her incredible family, and through all of those who were priviliged to know her! Rest in peace dear Vivian . . . you are greatly missed!

  14. Brian and Sylvia bell
    August 3, 2016 12:38 pm

    Dear Lou and Family. We are deeply saddened By Vivian’s sudden passing. We loved seeing all your family photos from the past. Vivian was such an elegant ,accomplished, loving and caring lady.
    We will miss her, she is unforgettable.
    With love and prayers for your family, Brian and Sylvia Bell.

  15. Jesse Lopez
    August 3, 2016 2:05 pm

    Jesse Lopez Dear Mr. Fakhoury, my concordances to you and your family, She was to me the most caring non judgmental person I have ever met. In a blinking of an eye and she will be with God,

  16. Roger (Cory) Fakhoury
    August 3, 2016 8:44 pm

    On behalf of my father, Lou Fakhoury I wish to thank all of you who have posted comments about my mother Vivian Fakhoury. At moments like these it so heartening to read the many cards and letters we have received as well as the many calls we have received from all of you. Hearing how so many people have been touched by my mother’s life has been overwhelming for us. We deeply appreciate the outpouring of your love more than we can express.

    It is no surprise for you to know that mom was a larger than life personality. Her powerful presence and deep devotion to God inspired so many people. She was a woman who overcame adversity throughout her life losing her son and my brother Gary a few years ago as well as her first grandchild shortly after her birth. But Mom never questioned God’s timing of these tragedies. So in her honor we accept His will as well regarding her life. We all look forward to that glorious day when we can be together again and she will love to learn how much of an impact she made on lives around the world. Thank you all again for your care, concern and love for our family.

    Love to all.

  17. Annie Carouba
    August 3, 2016 10:19 pm

    Aunt Vivian and feeling cozy always felt like it went together. When I was small and we would visit the family in LA, I marveled at the delicious food she cooked, the order of the house, the solid unit that she was at the helm of. I loved to be in her presence because she felt completely solid and loving; alway loving. She gave me the attention of someone with all the time in the world, even though she was cooking for the masses. The last time I saw her, she came out to California and we were on our way to lunch with my dad and sister. They came to my business and she wanted to buy something from my retail shop. I put it in a bag for her without charging her and she got so in a huff about that. I mean really upset. She said in that high voice that I love so much, “If you aren’t going to charge me, then I’m not taking it!” and starts to walk out the door without looking back. “Okay, okay Aunt Viv, you can pay. But I still am giving you the family discount!” We had a good laugh about that. I’ll miss her.

  18. Carolyn Vernich
    August 4, 2016 11:14 am

    I met Vivian the first time she and Lou attended church in Nashville, TN. I was impressed with how friendly and outgoing she was. We had the privilege of attending their home for one of her famous Mid-Eastern dinners. We were looking forward to spending time with them at the Feast of Tabernacles this coming October. Vivian will be extremely missed by all who knew her.

  19. Cheryl Bean
    August 5, 2016 6:14 pm

    I met Vivian at a Holy Day in Lebanon, Tn shortly after she moved here. After services several of us went to eat at Demos’ here in Lebanon and I was impressed at hoe friendly and sweet she was, it felt like we had known her for a long time. She will be missed.

  20. Knute and Patti Josifek
    August 6, 2016 12:46 am

    We have no control over when we get on this train or when we get off, only what we do while we ride. Vivian filled the train with much light, laughter and delicious smells. We rode along for about 40 years with her and she was an example to us of Christ’s love. She brought joy and peace, she was patient, gentle, a good woman of faith. She was a woman of meekness and self control. An example for us all. When this train reaches its destination, we will all arrive together with great joy. And our ride has been made better because Vivian was there. Lou, the two of you were an important part of our Christian lives. Salaam alaikum.

  21. Renee Hagopian
    August 7, 2016 8:23 pm

    Dear Lou and Family,
    I was saddened by Vivian’s sudden passing. God Bless her soul and may the Lord give you strength and blessings. Sending thoughts and prayers your way. Renee

  22. Voncile Tuttle
    August 7, 2016 11:06 pm

    I lost a wonderful friend. She was such a blessing to me. I always looked for her at services each week and hoped that she would be there to give me a hug. She was such an inspiration and encouragement to me. I miss her so much, I still find myself looking back to see if she is there. My prayers go to her family that they will find comfort and love in the memories she shared with them. May God bless each of you.

  23. Samir Deeb
    August 10, 2016 11:15 pm

    VIVIAN IN A GLIMPSE:
    life time memories : overseas , in the USA , before marriage , during marriage and after marriage . Gracious , faithfully and always Giving as a spouse, as as a mother , as a relative and as a friend.
    Vivian and Lou were always there in good times and in bad times. God only knows.

    Vivian didn’t talk about faith , she practiced it , in every day of her life. She had strong belief , despite all of her trials and she had many . Vivian always with a big smile and laugh – that made every one around happy and at ease.
    God tried her mom Alexandra , God tried her aunt Layla and God tried Vivian her self with her own son .Gary.
    VIVIAN went on To Be The Loving Person that she always was .That’s Faith . That’s Love..
    Vivian we all could cry ; but , with our good faith we know that you went to see your beloved ones and we know it’s only matter of time before we meet all again. Vivian, May you rest in peace in His Heavenly Kingdom.

  24. Anne R. Owens
    August 11, 2016 11:07 pm

    I remember Vivian from the Garden Grove congregation from 2004 – 2009. I didn’t know that much about her but she was always friendly and so was her husband.

  25. Mario and Caty Seiglie
    December 25, 2016 5:53 pm

    Roger, what a beautiful tribute to your beloved Mom! How can’t you even start describing Vivian? She was an extraordinary human being, a most dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, minister’s wife and friend, among many other things. Her compassion, friendliness and generosity were outstanding. My husband and I were so privileged to have known her and her wonderful husband Lou for 13 years, and their presence was so missed in our church area when they moved to Tennessee. Vivian was extremely intelligent, charming and cultured, a class act in every way. I remember how thrilled she was to share her marvelous cooking with others. How her eyes shone when she would tell me she had cooked some special treats to send to her beloved grandchildren. She was so loved by so many, and we are so sorry she left us so soon. Viv, you were one of a kind and I can’t wait to hug you again in a much better world my dear friend! You will never be forgotten because you left your loving footprints all over our hearts. Mario and Caty Seiglie

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