Yvonne (Zizi) Tchoulhagian Sarkis, 87, died peacefully on December 19, 2014. She was the daughter of Hagop and Rose Tchoulhagian. She was born August 5, 1927 in Cairo, Egypt, raised in Heliopolis where she graduated from the Nubarian Armenian School and College du Sacre-Coeur. She married Henry Elias Sarkis on December 11, 1949. They just celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary sitting together in peace. They emigrated to the United Sates, to New York City in 1962 and to Tampa, Florida in 1972.
She was active in L’Alliance Francaise and the Armenian American Society of the Suncoast, cooking for events and fundraisers, designing and making dance costumes for her daughters and others. Fluent in four languages, Zizi loved to travel and did so often.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and sister, Marie Huegette Kanaan. Zizi is survived by her sister, Paula Karahissarian, by her husband and three children, Dr. Elias Henry Sarkis, Therese (& Ron) Sarkis Law, and Primrose (& Paul) Sarkis Demirdjian. Her loving grandchildren are Juhli (& Matt) Greene, Daniel (& Heather) Sarkis, Nathalie and Michelle Demirdjian. For a time she was a pattern maker, loving to design elegant gowns, and a lifelong, devout Catholic.
We will celebrate her life with a mass of Christian Burial at Holy Faith Catholic Church in Gainesville on Monday, December 22, 2014 at 1:00 pm with Father John Phillips celebrating. Interment will follow in Forest Meadows Memorial Park West on CR 241 in Jonesville. In lieu of flowers Yvonne requested that donations be made to Catholic Charities, 1701 Northeast 9th Street, Gainesville, FL 32609.