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Food Culinary 19


Sosan Yuhanna

May 15, 1938 ~ January 22, 2018 (age 79)
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Sosan (Massey) Yuhanna was born on May 15, 1938 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.  She was affectionately called Susan. She was one of 7 children from the marriage of her Afghanistani father and Pakistani mother. Susan’s father converted from Islam to Christianity because of her mother’s faith. Her mom had a great influence on Susan’s journey of faith in Christ. We would hear numerous stories of what a prayer warrior Susan’s mom used to be. Susan married Walter Yuhanna in 1961 and they had three sons, Ivan, Ray, and Moses.  The family lived in Lahore, Pakistan where Walter was a professor at Forman Christian College, and Susan was an elementary teacher until she left teaching to raise her three sons. The family moved to Nigeria in 1976 where Walter was a teacher at Advanced Teachers College in a small town called Sokoto.  While there, the family was able to travel to many places around the world. Also during that time, Susan saw her three sons achieve their educations and settle into life in the United States. In 1990 Walter and Susan moved back to Pakistan, and Walter continued working as a superintendent of three Christian schools in Narowal.  She kept busy with entertaining family and friends.  In 1999 Walter and Susan began a new chapter of their lives when they moved to Red Oak, Texas where Walter taught and substituted in Red Oak I.S.D.  In Red Oak, Walter and Susan were also able to take an active role in caring for their grandchildren. Susan was known for her amazing hospitality.  She often greeted guests who had traveled long distances by showering them with flower petals and singing the “petals for you” song.  Also, anyone who visited was encouraged – perhaps expected – to stay and eat and drink something.  Susan’s guests would hear her say “take more” many times throughout a meal.  Needless to say, no one ever left her home hungry. She would only eat once everyone had been fed. Susan also enjoyed caring for her five grandchildren.  They have memories of their grandma playing school with them and making breads like paratas, rotis and lots of other Pakistani food.  Here in America, Susan developed a fondness for garage sales.  She often found items that seemed to have no purpose to most people, but she was able to find some use for them.  Her grandchildren still giggle about the time they stopped to pick up their Grandma for a family event on a rainy day, and she came out of the house wearing a child’s “Bob the Builder” construction hat to keep her hair from getting wet.  It did the job….Susan is perhaps best remembered for her deep and abiding faith in Christ.  She freely shared bible verses, hymns, and prayers with any and all who would listen.  Every person who ever crossed Susan’s path through life – and that path covered a lot of miles – knew that Christ was her savior.  As she approached death brought on by diabetes, her faith never wavered.  She told doctors that she was “ready to see Jesus”.  And all who knew her can now picture her making paratas in heaven, serving Jesus and probably telling him to “take more.”

Susan was preceded in death by her parents, Buddah and Kaki Mall.

Susan is survived by her husband Walter Yuhanna; son Ivan, his wife Heidi and their three children, Amanda, Andrew and Benjamin of Red Oak, TX; son Ray and his wife Julie of Dallas, TX; and son Moses and his wife Gwyn and their two children, Isaac and Isabelle of Ham Lake, MN; her sister Zenith Jalal from Pakistan.  

The family would like to thank those who helped care for her during her illness – the doctors & nurses at Baylor Waxahachie and the nurses with hospice. From a sweet gentle voice of a bathing nurse to praying friends who provided meals and emotional support to getting a facial treatment in bed, it was all very touching. They are especially thankful for her niece Cathy, who stayed with Walter & Susan during Susan’s last weeks and provided both spiritual and physical care with great sacrificial fervor.



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