Grace S. Bakhit

Grace S. Bakhit

April 4, 1926 – May 29, 2023

She is preceded in death by her husband, Alphonse; sons, Noel Bakhit, Ibraham Bakhit. She is survived by her son, Anthony (Barbara) Bakhit, Elizabeth (Walter) Obal, Mary Elder; daughters-in-law, Marilyn Bakhit, Barbara Bakhit; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild.

VISITATION:  Friday, June 2, 2023, from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, June 3, 2023, 9:30am, St. James Catholic Church, 4710 N. 90th St. INTERMENT: Mt. Hope Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

In Memory of a Beloved Matriarch: Graziella (Grace) Sultane Bakhit. Grace, a woman who left a mark on the hearts of all who knew her, passed away peacefully on May 29th, 2023. Surrounded by her loving family, she took on her final journey, leaving behind a legacy of love, strength, and cherished memories.

Born on April 4, 1926, in El Salvador, Grace’s remarkable life story would touch the lives of countless individuals. At a young age, she moved to Jerusalem, Palestine, where she attended Schmidt’s Girls College. In 1938, Grace married her soulmate, Alphonse Anton Bakhit. Their love became an inspiration to all who witnessed it. Grace and Alphonse settled in Ein Karem, Palestine.

In 1956, the Bakhit family embarked on a new chapter as they immigrated to the United States. They were sponsored by the Paden family, who extended their hands in friendship and support during a time of great change and uncertainty. Grace’s courage and determination in embracing this new homeland and culture exemplified her resilient spirit. Grace worked for Pendleton as a seamstress as well as factory production at Butternut Coffee before retiring solely as a homemaker.

Throughout her life, Grace touched the lives of many with her gentle nature, unwavering love, and unending faith. She was a beacon of light and a source of wisdom for her children, she leaves behind: Anthony Bakhit (Barbara), Elizabeth Obal (Walter) and Mary Elder, her daughters-in-law Barbara Bakhit and Marilynn Bakhit. Grace will forever be cherished as a grandmother to her fifteen adoring grandchildren, a great-grandmother to 28 little ones who brought joy to her heart, and a great-great-grandmother to two.

Grace was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Alphonse, and her dear sons Noel and Ibrahim. Their reunion in heaven brings solace to our grieving hearts, knowing they are once again together, watching over us with love.

As we gather to bid farewell to this remarkable woman, let us celebrate the life of Grace. Her love was the anchor that held our family together, and her spirit will forever guide us through life’s joys and challenges.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to all those who have offered their condolences, support, and prayers during this difficult time. Grace’s departure leaves a void in our lives, but her spirit will forever live on in our hearts. May her soul find eternal peace, and may we find comfort in the memories we shared with her.


  • Michelle McDaniel Posted May 31, 2023 5:28 pm

    Grace was a sweet, welcoming, loving lady.

    I appreciate the love she poured into my sisters and their mother. Thank you for giving me so many wonderful ladies to love.

  • Brian Moriarty and family Posted May 31, 2023 5:44 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Our family is keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Lisa Victoria wiemers Posted June 1, 2023 1:28 am

    Grace your name fits you perfectly! I will forever love n miss you

  • Mary Graves Posted June 1, 2023 12:20 pm

    our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  • Becky Pulver Posted June 1, 2023 12:31 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. She was such a sweet person. Hugs and prayers.

  • Kelsey Orendach Posted June 1, 2023 3:15 pm

    I’ve known Grace my whole life. We even share a birthday! I will forever remember her as a sweet, pure, kind, and beautiful soul and human. I will always keep her in my heart.

  • Alicia (Ally) Ferris Posted June 1, 2023 5:41 pm

    It was a pleasure being able to take care of grace the last year of her life. I enjoyed every moment of her. The Times I got to spend with her talking about all the journeys Her and her family were On. She had a huge spot in her heart for her kids and her grandkids she talked about her grandkids all the time when I was there. Thank you Liz for letting me be able To help take care Of your mom it was quite a pleasure. And I am so blessed to be able to meet her. The last 9 months Was quite a journey but we made it through.

  • Rich & Kathy Govig Posted June 1, 2023 9:31 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all the Bakhit family. We have fond memories of Grace when we visited sister Barb, Abe and family. She always made us feel welcome. A beautiful, courageous woman who loved her family.

  • Brenda J Minor Posted June 2, 2023 2:57 pm

    What a beautiful lady and such a beautiful loving family. I’m so sorry for your loss, I’m glad I got the pleasure to meet Grace on several occasions amazing woman. Rest in Paradise Grace
    Sincere condolences to you all ♡
    Brenda Minor

  • Melissa Birdsley Posted June 2, 2023 5:46 pm

    Grandma Grace was an incredible force, a true fighter with passion for her family and loved ones. She has made an immeasurable impact on the lives of many, myself included. She was a spitfire that was bursting with life, sweet and sassy, who could outcook any of us. She will be deeply missed.

  • Grace Faris Abboud Posted June 2, 2023 9:55 pm

    Beautiful photo and words! So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May she Rest In Peace.

  • Ambata Koom Posted August 23, 2023 7:19 pm

    very sweet lady, can’t believe she’s gon, never forget the memeories…

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