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July 26, 1931 - April 23, 2021

Visitation Tuesday 6-9 PM with a Prayer Service Tuesday at 7:00 PM at Landmark Funeral Home. For those unable to attend, the Prayer Service will be viewable on Facebook

Funeral Mass of the Resurrection Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 11:00 AM at Nativity Catholic 5330 Johnson St Hollywood Church followed by entombment at Hollywood Memorial Gardens East. 6301 Taft St, Hollywood, FL 33021 The Funeral Mass of the Resurrection will be livestreamed at Nativity Catholic Church

Souad Chammas Basha, daughter of Salem and Rose, third of six children, was born July 26, 1931 in Damascus, Syria. She peacefully went home to be with the Lord on April 23, 2021 in Hollywood, Florida.

In May 1959, life in Damascus, Syria was about to change dramatically. At 28 years old she was to meet her future husband. She was working as a teller at a local bank in downtown Damascus when a friend introduced her at church to Canadian businessman named Joseph Basha while traveling to his ancestral homeland with his brother. Destiny, fate, love or all three brought them together. Six weeks later, with her parent’s blessing, they were married in front of one bishop, six priests and three hundred people at the Greek Catholic Cathedral in Damascus.

She then moved to Newfoundland, Canada to start a life with her husband. She always carried her culture, language, food and Syrian heritage with her. No matter how far away she was from Damascus, Damascus was never far away from her.

After enduring years of cold weather, they moved from Canada to South Florida rather than struggle with the harsh winters. Their backyard was filled with lemons, oranges and grapefruit trees. Souad spent most of her time in the kitchen cooking, on the phone or entertaining her close Arab friends with a hot cup of Turkish coffee. She loved company, especially having her children and grandchildren visit frequently.

Souad was a devout Catholic with very strong faith. She was a member of Nativity Catholic Church and would attend Mass weekly. Her life long ritual consisted of praying the rosary daily.

Joseph and Souad had four children. In January 1988, Souad became a widow and dedicated the next 33 years of her life solely to her family.

She is survived by:

CHILDREN

Jasmine (Bob)

Robert and his son Robbie

Raymond (Ecaterina) and their children Julia, Sabrina and Adriana

Jacqueline (Pasquale) and their children Natasha, Joseph and Paul

BROTHERS:

Souheil (Frauke) and their children Annette (James) and their children Nadia and Liam; Bassam and his children Taja and Ilian; Karim and his children Henrietta and Johann

Khalil (Barbara) and their daughters Nathalie and her children Jan Willy and Paul; Ariane (Robin) and their children Jaro and Maira

NEPHEW:

Salim

NIECE:

May (Samer) and their children Ghassan and Kinan

COUSINS:

Therese

Sameer (Shirley) and their children Samantha and Michael

Visitation and Celebration of Life will be Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 6:00pm – 9:00pm with a Prayer Service Tuesday at 7:00pm at Valerie Panciera’s Landmark Funeral Home. For those unable to attend, the Prayer Service will be viewable on Facebook at www.facebook.com/landmarkfuneralhome.com

Funeral Mass of the Resurrection will be Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 11:00am at Nativity Catholic Church, 5220 Johnson St, Hollywood, FL 33021. The Funeral Mass of the Resurrection will be livestreamed at Nativity Catholic Church www.nativityhollywood.org

Entombment – following church – will be at Hollywood Memorial Gardens East, 6301 Taft St, Hollywood, FL 33021.