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A memorial for Ashkhain will take place during the 11.00 a.m. Armenian Orthodox Service at St Sarkis Armenian Church, Iverna Gardens, Kensington, London, W8 6TP on Sunday 3rd December 2006 followed at about 12.30 p.m. by a short fifteen minute dedicated remembrance.

This will be followed by a gathering from 1.30 p.m. just around the corner at the Builders Arms, 1 Kensington Court Place, Kensington, London W8 5BJ to celebrate Ashkhain's life in her manner.

 All those whose lives were touched by Ashkhain are welcome.

 
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shakeh dayal

Posted at Friday, 24 August 2012 03:14
All my love always, I miss you so much and will never get over not seeing you every day.Much love always, Shakeh
 
Susan Lynch

Posted at Wednesday, 02 November 2011 13:52
I knew Ashkhain from the hospital in Calgary. Our friendship went beyond the hospital. I moved and lost touch. I have two of her books one of them has a letter in it from her. I decided to look for her on Facebook. I'm in tears that the world has lost you Ashkhain you were a lovely person one I haven't forgotten your professionalism and kindness. You know we looked forward to your shifts and felt blessed to be in your care. May you rest in peace beautiful lady..bless you and those who loved you and miss you today. xo Susan Lynch xo
 
Dona Parseghian

Posted at Wednesday, 31 August 2011 11:09
Still miss you Ashkhain, you were such fun and such a really lovely person.
 
Shakeh Dayal

Posted at Tuesday, 23 August 2011 15:48
My darling Ashkhain
When I am sad and distant, Meenah tells me to look at the clouds and for sure will see you, your beautiful smile is with me always. I do miss you so, and my love for you will never die. Shakshak
 


Posted at Tuesday, 23 August 2011 15:45
 
Dr D Alan Rogers

Posted at Monday, 30 May 2011 07:32
I knew Ashkain at The Whittington Hospital in 1964
She was beautiful.....
 
Michael A

Posted at Monday, 20 September 2010 19:48
I can still see your smile - I can still hear your laughter.

They continue to bring me great joy and love for life.

 
Shakeh Dayal

Posted at Monday, 23 August 2010 13:34
Time is not making it any easier. I miss you so!
With all my love, Shakeh
 
Shakeh Dayal

Posted at Sunday, 23 August 2009 19:48
Thinking of you today and every day. I miss you so much my lovely Ashkhain.
Shakshouka
 
shakeh dayal

Posted at Tuesday, 02 September 2008 18:55
I miss you today more than yesterday.An apple tree was planted to grow as beautiful and as giving you were.
all my love, shakeh
 
Shakeh

Posted at Monday, 03 December 2007 03:57
Miss you more and more every day.
 
Sapna

Posted at Wednesday, 31 October 2007 05:40
Thinking of you tonight and always my darling tantig.
 
shakeh dayal

Posted at Thursday, 23 August 2007 15:04
For ever in my heart. I miss you so much.
love, shakeh
 
Gerald Grant

Posted at Sunday, 10 June 2007 11:42
Unforgotten unforgettable and sadly missed
 
rose

Posted at Monday, 12 March 2007 08:36
I will always remember you and yourgood smile and missed you a lot. you leave as so soon
 
Robert Lacey

Posted at Friday, 08 December 2006 08:59
Remembering Ashkhain in Jeddah

A small group gathered in the Jeddah home of Sultan Ghalib of the Hadhramout and his wife Sultana on Thursday 7th December 2006 to remember Ashkhain over tea, cakes and a lavish whipped cream and fruit Pavlova (made by Sultana) of which Ashkhain would have been proud. We suspected it may have been Ashkhain who first brought us together twenty-five years ago.
Ghalib remembered her love of jazz and the parties that she gave with Patrick. It was the great age of parties in Jeddah, we all agreed nostalgically, with lots of dancing. We remembered the circle that she and Patrick entertained so stylishly – Paul and Becky Bodkin, Rupert and Venetia Armitage, Jallik and Sarah living just down the road in the row of BRGM villas (what a concentration of geologists!), and Caroline Haffner the pianist.
Robert Lacey remembered the vegetable pickles she made, crisp and sharp in huge jars on the kitchen shelves. He and Sandi were guests of the Skipwiths when he was starting research on his book The Kingdom early in 1979.
We all remembered her enormous smile, how kind and calming she was, such an optimist who always looked at the bright side of life and flapped her wrist at the negative: she just wasn’t interested in negative things. Joined by Ghalib and Sultana’s son Saleh, we read Christopher Arnander’s account of Ashkhain’s ashes being scattered in Highgate and the gathering at the Armenian Church in Kensington. Then at no 9 Aslam bin Abdul Aziz Street – which, in Ashkhain’s day, was just bare desert, way to the north of the Pepsi Factory – we bowed our heads in a minute’s silence and remembered a good woman with something of the little fairy child in her, who warmed our lives in this strange outpost of civilisation, and endowed it with a rich and laughing culture of her own.
 
Claude Chemery

Posted at Tuesday, 31 October 2006 09:52
We met her in Jeddah over thirty years ago and fell instantly under her charm.

Sorry I have to continue in French. Grace a toi, je n'ai pas perdu le bebe que j'attendais. Je me souviens de cette maison toujours ouverte, dont la maitresse etait une fee... fee du logis aux allures de Sheherazade.
Tu recevais chez vous sans te lasser cette belle jeunesse exilee a qui tu servais de mere, de confidente et d'infirmiere.
Tes eclats de rire, ta maniere de parler etaient irresistibles et le timbre de ta voix resonne encore dans ma memoire.
Nous aurions tant aime te revoir...

Que tes cendres rallient sans peine le pays des Elfes auquel tu appartiens.
 
Stephen Grey-Harris

Posted at Saturday, 30 September 2006 10:05
The ones we loved, the loveliest and best, have from this vintage rolled that time has pressed. They drank their cup around or two before. And one by one crept silently to rest.

Much of the "Rubaiyat" reminds me of Ashkhain's style of dramatic story telling. She was a magic story teller, setting the scene in her measured and precise tones, to gather speed towards a racing climax that often had an unexpected twist or moral lesson.
I met Ashkhain at Chelsea Arts Club one rainy Sunday in the spring of 1994, and was soon captivated by her humour and vitality.
There are so many wonderful memories, " Ashkhain collecting a basket of many mushroom varieties in the Tuscan woods from which we made a delicious risotto."
Those eyes and that voice, I dreamt that in my dotage that Ashkhain would be there to tell me stories of her Arabian adventures under the desert stars, but of course there were also difficult times with many sadness and regrets, but
"the moving finger writes, and having writ moves on. And all your wit and piety, shall not cancel half a line, nor all your tears wash out one word of it."
 
Andreas Haberbeck

Posted at Tuesday, 19 September 2006 09:16
Ashkhain was a wonderful person and a great friend. I am saddened that we lost touch´after I moved back to Jeddah in 1990, but I will always cherish the memories of the times we spent together in Jeddah and in London in the 1980s.
 
john and marion twymanj

Posted at Thursday, 14 September 2006 20:42
so many happy memories, ashkhain-of you,patrick, sasha,and zara,but particularly you over the years, and your courage and humour til the end.thank you for it all, and for sharing your whole family with such generosity,for so many years.rest in peace now.
 
Christine and Matthew Lawton

Posted at Monday, 11 September 2006 22:43
Dearest Shakeh, Mesh, Sapna, Chantey, John, Meenah, Anoush and all members of Ashkhain's family, it was with deep and heartfelt sorrow that we learned of the passing of Ashkhain.

The disease through which Ashkhain nursed and tended to so many with such diligence, compassion and dedication was
ironically the disease which claimed her life.

Unfortunately, we did not have the privilege, honour or pleasure of meeting Ashkhain personally but felt we knew her from all that our beloved Sapna had told us. This wonderful website has brought her to life for us and confirms all which we have been told - she was as beautiful a person inside as she was outside.

We both feel your immense loss and your only consolation can be that she has been released from her suffering and is now at peace, watching over and guiding you with love until the day comes when each and every one of you will be reunited with her.

Undoubtedly our Precious Son Paul welcomed her with open arms and they are enjoying the company of each other with humour, wit and the inevitable music to which Ashkhain has already asked Paul "shall we dance"?

In conclusion, we would like to quote an excerpt from a poem which we feel portrays this awesome lady - Ashkhain:

You are beautiful beyond description,
Too marvelous for words,
Too wonderful for comprehension -
Like nothing ever seen or heard.

Who can grasp your infinite wisdom?
Who can fathom the depths of your love?
You are beautiful beyond description,
Now enthroned in Heaven above".

We stand in awe of you dear Ashkhain.

Requiscat In Pace and God Rest Your Beautiful Soul.

Christine and Matthew Lawton
Frodsham, Cheshire, England.
 
Vrejouhy

Posted at Monday, 11 September 2006 04:08
I miss you very much Ashkhain , you left too soon
 
Timmy Dayal

Posted at Friday, 08 September 2006 04:10
Dear Suraj & Shakeh:

Please accept our heartfelt condolences. We pray to god to give peace to the departed soul.

Timmy & Meera
 
Anjana Narain

Posted at Friday, 08 September 2006 04:09
Dear Suraj Mama and Mianji,

Out heartfelt condolences on your loss. Her cheerful and loving presence will surely be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Love,
Anjana, Deep, Neil and Nikhil

 
Yogeshwar Dayal

Posted at Friday, 08 September 2006 04:08
Dears Shakeh and Suraj,

We are very sorry to learn about the sad demise of your beloved sister Ashkhain.

We pray to Almighty God to grant peace to the departed soul and to give you,and
other members of the family, strength to bear this loss with patience and serenity.

In grief, with you,
Dada and Bhabiji
 
Deepak Dayal

Posted at Friday, 08 September 2006 04:06
Dear Shakeh and Suraj,

We are deeply saddened to hear the news about your sister and send our prayers for the departed soul to rest in peace in heavenly abode.

We also send our love and affection to you in this time of sorrow to help bear this loss.
Love,
Deepak & Fran
 
Adeshwar Dayal

Posted at Friday, 08 September 2006 04:04
We are all very sorry to learn of the sad demise of dear Shakeh's
sister,
and pray to Allmighty to give strength to the family to bear the loss.
Adesh,Shubh and chacha.
 
Tamar, Haig & Jivan

Posted at Thursday, 07 September 2006 01:11
I always felt this aura the few times that I met Ashkhain and knew that there was something special about her and her life. The last time I saw Ashkhain was at Sapna's house in Vancouver, BC, with my son Jivan. I remember the conversation revolved around shoes and now I know why. I also remember, one day, Chantey wearing her big high heels. "Ashkhain would be proud of me" she said.

May Ashkhain's soul rest in peace. Strength, courage and love to her families and to all those close to her heart.
 
Vartoug Panossian

Posted at Monday, 04 September 2006 19:24
Dear Shakeh, Mesh, & family,

Asdvads Hokin lousavoreh
My memories of Ashkhain will always be with me. Last time I saw her in Calgary, we had fun, and I will always remember her with "shall we dance".
 
Rasha Abu Middain

Posted at Monday, 04 September 2006 15:37
God Bless you cheerful spirit Ashkhain, and give your family the strength to go on.
 

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