In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for tributes to be sent to the American Red Cross, East Central Bay Chapter in the Michigan Region.
Lucy Habte-Gabr (December 26, 1934-July 17, 2021)
Lucy (Kassis) Habte-Gabr of Flushing, Michigan, died on July 17, 2021 at Hurley Medical Center. Born in Gaza, Palestine on December 26, 1934, Lucy met her husband, Eyassu, in Beirut where he was a medical student at the American University of Beirut. After marrying in 1966 at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem in the Ethiopian Orthodox part of the church, the couple began their life together in Ethiopia. They immigrated to United States in the mid 1980s, and moved to the Flint area in 1987.
In her career as a nurse, Lucy worked in the middle east – in Beirut, Jerusalem, Hebron, and Kuwait, as well in Ethiopia. She graduated as a nurse from the Jordanian Ministry of Health/Government Hospital in Jerusalem, and also received an additional diploma in Psychiatric Nursing from the Training School for Nurses at the Lebanon Hospital for Mental and Nervous Disorders. She also taught nurses in Ethiopia, part of which was at the All Africa Leprosy Center in Addis Ababa, where she also promoted the dignity of lepers and their integration in society.
While her greatest joy was her children, Lucy loved her work as a nurse, and was always the nurturer, the comforter and the giver. She was proud of the volunteer work she performed throughout her life, most recently for the East Central Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross, where she won commendation for over 2000 hours of service.
She is survived by her loving husband, Dr. Eyassu Habte-Gabr, now retired from Hurley Medical Center/Michigan State University; her devoted children Ezana (Yolanda) of Bogota, Colombia; Ted (Lisa) of Los Angeles and Helena (Jan) of Basel, Switzerland; grandchildren Yasmina and Brayan; great-grandson Maximiliano; her siblings Maria, Christine and Muna; in-laws, and many nieces and nephews. Her parents and her elder brothers, Hanna and William, predeceased her.