Obituary: Ellen Omar Bateh

Ellen Omar Bateh
January 1, 1936 – December 21, 2017

Ellen Omar Bateh was born in Ramallah, Palestine on January 1, 1936 to Hannah and Maria Bateh. She spent the first 11 years of her life in Ramallah before immigrating to the US in 1947. Upon her arrival to this country, she met Omar Saleeba Bateh. Little did she know that Omar would become the love of her life. They would marry seven years later and have a daughter, Marie.

Her roles were many – daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a friend to many, whether you met her years ago or five minutes ago. Words used to describe Ellen are proud, loving, feisty, and strong. Proud Palestinian, proud mother, proud grandmother and great-grandmother. Strong… Widowed at age 33, she raised her daughter alone. A very tender-hearted yet tough woman. At the age of 40, Ellen became a grandmother and from that point on, her goal in life was to do nothing but spoil her grandchildren. She took great pleasure in giving her grandkids everything their mommy and daddy wouldn’t. After her grandbabies, her next love was being outdoors, tending to her roses and fruit trees. She enjoyed nothing more than picking grapefruit from her tree in the backyard. A great storyteller, Ellen would talk about growing up in Ramallah and about her husband Omar. Even though the events she spoke of were many years ago, they were always very vivid in her mind. Her stories are all priceless and will remain with us forever.

Ellen is preceded in death by her husband, Omar Saleeba Bateh, her parents Hanna and Maria Bateh, and her sister Alice Sallah. She is survived by her daughter, Marie (Mike), her brother, Jack (Suad), her grandchildren Sonja, Elaine, Chris-Omar (Jennifer), and Michael, and great grandchildren, Alyssa and Michael.

She will always be on our minds and forever in our hearts. May her memory be eternal.

A Legacy of love
A wife, a mother, a Tata too,
This is the legacy we have from you.
You taught us love and how to fight,
You gave us strength, you gave us might.
A stronger person would be hard to find,
And in your heart, you were always kind.
You fought for us all in one way or another,
Not just as a wife not just as a mother.
For all of us you gave your best,
Now the time has come for you to rest.
So go in peace, you’ve earned your sleep,
Your love in our hearts we’ll eternally keep

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