ROSE MARIE GAVOOR
July 15 2008
EXETER — Rose Marie Gavoor(ian) Nee Kalepgian-Zorian, 96, died
Tuesday, July 8, 2008, at RiverWoods in Exeter.
She was born June 5, 1912, in the Forest Hill section of Newark,
N.J. She attended public schools there and studied art and fashion
design at the Fawcett School of Fine & Industrial Art.
She married Rouben Gavoor in 1936 and left for Europe in 1956 when her
husband was sent on assignment for the State Department Agency for
International Development. After serving his country in Yugoslavia,
Nepal, Sudan, and Ethiopia they retired to Rye in 1968.
She is survived by one nephew, John Fahr of New Jersey; several cousins
and beloved members of her husband’s family, the Fernalds and Quirks
of Rye; first cousins Gloria and Marie Zakarian of New Jersey and
Richard Zorian Devan of Norristown, Penn.; the Aftandilians, Baronians,
Carol O’Brien and Wisner families all of Massachusetts; Aram Gavoor
and family of Michigan and Richard Gavoor and family of Summit, N.J.
WE REMEMBER: Mrs. Gavoor was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church
in Portsmouth; an active volunteer worker for 10 years; a member of
the Art Study Group; the Rye Garden Club; the Tuesday Club, serving
as publicity chairman for both clubs; the Rye Arts and Crafts. She
was a former member of the Guild of Strawbery Banke and the Armenian
Relief Society in Washington, D.C.
Funeral services were held July 11 in St. John’s Episcopal Church,
Memorial donations may be made to the Saints Vartanantz Armenian
Church, 180 Old Westford Rd, Chelmsford, MA 01824; Armenian Assembly of
America, 122 C Street NW, Suite 350, Washington, DC, 20001; Armenian
Children’s Milk Fund, P.O. Box 652, Belmont, MA 2178-0005.
Arrangements are by the J. Verne Wood Funeral Home — Buckminster