Marie “Joan” (Deban) Laham of Roslindale, formerly of Brighton, passed away peacefully at her home on February 20, 2023. She was 88 years old.
Joan was born August 30,1934, the oldest of Fred and Rose (Mudarri) Deban’s children. She was a kind and caring mother who, while raising her family, also worked for the Boston Public Schools as a librarian and reading teacher, retiring in 1993. Joan was an active parishioner of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in West Roxbury and sang in the choir for more than 25 years. She was an avid traveler, who traveled the world with her family, and her loving husband Richard. Above all else, Joan was happiest surrounded by her family.
Joan lived a full life. She raised a family, served the community and held a strong faith in God and the Church. She will be dearly missed and fondly remembered.
Joan was the dear and devoted wife of over 55 years of the late Richard Laham. Loving mother of Richard F. Laham and his wife Dr. Lorraine of Walpole, Donna Laham and her husband Mitchell Blocker of Colorado, Bruce Laham and his wife Christina of Stow and Mark Laham of Falmouth. Cherished grandmother of Eliana, Ava and Ian. Dear sister of Priscilla A. Deban of West Roxbury, Gerald E. Deban of Hyde Park, Anthony F. Deban of West Roxbury and the late Fares G. Deban. She is also survived by several loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
Joan’s Funeral Service will be held Thursday, February 23, 2023 at 11 a.m. at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church 55 Emmonsdale Rd. WEST ROXBURY. Visitation will be held in the Church beginning at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends respectfully are invited to attend.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Joan’s memory may be made to the St. George 21st Century Endowment Fund or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Pl. Memphis, TN 38105.
Joan will be laid to rest at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Boston.
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St. George 21st Century Endowment Fund
55 Emmonsdale Road, West Roxbury MA 02132
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105