WORCESTER-Mary (Avakian) Shamoian, 90, passed away peacefully March 6, 2021. She was born in Worcester, MA., daughter of the late Vahan and Marinos (Arakelian) Avakian.
Mary married Edward A. Shamoian in 1950 who predeceased her in 1981. During the time of their marriage, she worked side-by-side with him in his various restaurant endeavors which included Chicken Delight franchises and Country Kitchen restaurant. She was his partner in the truest sense of the word and enjoyed the many customers and friends which they made in the restaurant business. In later years Mary worked in the corporate offices of Thom McAn in an administrative capacity.
Nothing however was more important than her family and friends. She was a dedicated mother and treasured her children, including both her son-in-law and daughter-in-law. She considered them her children as well and she embraced every moment with them. She was a friend to many and could always be counted upon. In addition to her love of family, she was happiest cooking and entertaining. She was known as an accomplished Armenian cook.
After her husband passed, she valued the friendship of Roger Bogosian who predeceased her in 2013. They spent much time traveling to Florida, Vermont, and enjoyed gardening and the outdoors. She also treasured the time spent with her lifelong friends playing cards and occasional trips to the casino.
Mary is survived by her children David V. Shamoian (Andrea), Linda S. Hazelhurst (Paul), her sister-in-law Sylvia Shamoian, nephews Robert Avakian, Greg Avakian and Stephen Shamoian, nieces Suzanne Avakian and Karen Koulopoulos. As well as many great and great great nieces and nephews. Mary was also predeceased by her two brothers Nishan and Jack Avakian.
The family would also like to acknowledge and thank the third-floor teams at Eisenberg Assisted Living and Jewish Healthcare Center for the kind and compassionate care which they provided to Mary.
Due to the pandemic, there will be no calling hours. Church services for family and close friends will be held on Wednesday, March 10 at 11am the Armenian Church of our Saviour in Worcester. Interment to follow at Hope Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Armenian Church of our Saviour, 87 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609. The family will later host a celebration of Mary's life, when safety permits.