I wanted to thank all of you who have been praying for my younger sister Heather and her family, the Torosyans. It is with grief that I have to inform you that she passed away yesterday, but in resurrection hope we know she is now with the Lord. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord, as we know she now is.
I would ask you all to continue to pray for her husband, Ararat, and her children Yeran (and husband Chris), Masis (and wife Araz), and Sevan, as well as for the grand kids. This was sudden and unexpected, and a hard providence for them, and for all the extended family. The cause of death was a sudden epileptic seizure. She was 64.
She was a loyal, dedicated, and very cheerful Christian, for as long as I can remember. Back in the day she served as a missionary, first in Egypt, and then in Turkey. It was in Turkey that she met and married my brother-in-law, before they moved to the Los Angeles area. We lived in different parts of the world for all our adult lives, but she always stayed closely connected to her roots and to her people. When my kids were little, she was the aunt who would bring them exotic gifts from afar.
Nancy and I are currently living with my father, who is 93. Heather was a faithful daughter, staying closely connected with him, as she called regularly to visit. And when she would call, my father would say, “Hello, lovely,” which about sums it up.