April 8, 1941 - February 12, 2021 Harriet Sara Phillips (nee Jendian), loving wife, mother and grandmother, peacefully passed away at home surrounded by her family on February 12, 2021. Harriet was born on April 8,1941 in Brooklyn, NY to John Jendian Sr and Christine (nee Mazmanian) Jendian.
Harriet lead a full and blessed life. She was involved in her church St Leon in Tenafly, New Jersey. She taught Sunday school, was president of the ACYO and was a debutante for the Armenian Eastern Diocese. After she moved to LA, she was involved in the Mr & Mrs Group at St Peter Armenian Church as well as being a Sunday school teacher and Chairlady of the ACYO. She supported the Ararat Armenian old age home and Mer Hooys, an organization for young women in Armenia.In addition, Harriet also dedicated her time to the YWCA where she was President of her local chapter and to her husband Tom's West Point Society and Masonic Lodge.
Harriet loved to travel and was blessed to see the world with her husband. In addition, she planned trips for each of her children when they turned 50, her grandchildren when they reached the age of 12 and a trip to Armenia when they reached 18.She was a consummate entertainer and was the driving force behind numerous gourmet club dinners, social gatherings and parties. Her amazing cooking talent led her to start her own catering company.
Harriet taught everyone how to love, live, gather, eat, travel, and experience, she will be forever missed.Harriet was the beloved wife of Thomas J Phillips II, devoted mother to Jil Yaldezian and husband Paul, Joy Barnett, Jan Mays and husband John, Jay Soukiassian and wife Courtney, stepsons David Phillips and wife Rocio, Don Phillips and wife Cyndi, Mike Phillips, and her grandchildren, Matthew, Micah, Jacob, Hunter, Madyson, Amanda, Sean, Justin, Brett Bradley, Christine, Andrew and wife Fatima and Sarah, great grandchildren Boston and Samson.
Harriet is predeceased by her parents John & Christine, daughter Kim, and brother John.Memorial services will be held on April 10th, at St Peter's Armenian Church in Van Nuys.Memorial gifts may be made to House of Hope - Mer Hooys Inc, PO Box 8507, Calabasas, CA 91372 (or at www.Mer-Hooys.org ) or to The Armenian Intl Women's Assoc - SF Chapter 65 Main Street, #3A, Watertown, MA 02472 (or at www.aiwainternational.org).
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Published in Los Angeles Times from Mar. 27 to Mar. 28, 2021.