Nellie Hourani

Nellie Helen Metry Hourani entered the gates of heaven on July 15, 2013.

A resident of Los Angeles, Calif., she was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., to Michael and Tackla Metry.

The youngest of four children, her family moved to Charleston, W.Va., during her infancy. She and her siblings were always extremely close, so much so that her children and those of her siblings remain close even today.

Nellie’s life was full, and she was always surrounded by family and loved ones – instilling the Eastern Orthodox faith in her children, their spouses and her children’s children. She taught them honesty and integrity, but most importantly devotion to God and family.

Nellie and her husband Edy brought forth and raised three children – each married in the Eastern Orthodox Church and raised their children (and grandchildren) in the Eastern Orthodox faith. They traveled regularly to see their children and grandchildren and stayed active in their lives. She spoke with each of her children several times a day and to her grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends on a regular basis. Her children, their spouses and her grandchildren loved her dearly and revered her as the matriarch of the family. There was a special and loving relationship between her and her housekeeper Rosa Valladares.

Nellie loved life and embraced and experienced each day to its fullest. Her gracious hospitality was evident to all, including the influential. She and her daughter-in-law Judy served as hostess when her son Jameel entertained His Beatitude, the late Patriarch Ignatius IV of Antioch and All the East at their home when his Eminence visited America. She, her husband and son were invited and attended the late King Hussein’s palace in Jordan, where dinner was served on plates made of gold. She was friends with the late Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the late Prime Minister of Lebanon Rafic Hariri and numerous other international and national politicians, clergy and celebrities.

The perfect mother and best friend to each of her adoring children, she was also a consummate, astute businesswoman who was noted for her honesty and for abiding by her word. Her style was elegant and graceful, and she was a skilled and accomplished homemaker, who actively filled her roles as: Sityee (grandmother), Godmother, aunt, dearest friend, confidant, inspirational role model, energetic collaborator, and a devoted and charitable woman who practiced her faith. These are but a few of the roles that Nellie fulfilled on a regular basis, always assisting others with her skills and talents; her life was full of giving and helping others – now, she is our Guardian Angel!

She was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 50 years, Edy; grandson, Norman Paul Salim; sister, Elizabeth Ajalat; and brothers, Farris and Dr. John Metry.

Nellie is survived by her loving son, Dr. Jameel Hourani (Judy); daughters, Elaine Salim (Ellis) and Loraine Hourani-Stout (Sam); seven glorious grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and loving nieces and nephews.

She was a faithful member of St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Christian Cathedral and was an Eastern Star Member. Visitation and services were held at St. Nicholas Cathedral, 2300 West Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90057, where contributions continue to be accepted in her memory. Interment was at Sunset Memorial Park, Charleston, W.Va.