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Updated May 24, 2003

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Our Grandmother, Raina Teresa Obi, passed away on April 22, 2001. She was almost 92 years old. Below is her obituary from the April 25 issue of "The Florida Times Union".

OBI - Raina Obi, 91, died Saturday, April 22, 2001. Born July 29, 1909 in the northern province of Mesopotamia (now Mosul, Iraq) and the direct descendant of the late Msgr. Derzi who after his ordination pioneered Catholicism in Mesopotamia. She wed Habib D. Obi in 1925, the year she immigrated to the United States. Her late husband Habib Obi moved to Jacksonville after serving in the U.S. Army during World War I. Mrs. Obi has been a resident of Jacksonville for 76 years and was a member of Immaculate Conception, Our Lady of Angels and several other catholic churches and organizations in the city. In addition to mothering eight children, grandmothering 28 grandchildren and great grandmother to 23, Raina Obi dedicated her life to the service of her church, her late husband Habib and to all of her children. She was the mother of Mrs. Evelyn White (Patrick), Mrs. Ethel Hillyard (Richard), George Obi (Frances), Edward Obi (Lupe), Dr. Lewis Obi (Myra), James Obi (Jean Ann), Thomas Obi (Eva) and David Obi (Yvonne). Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00A.M. Thursday, April 26, 2001 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Gregory Fay celebrant with interment to follow at Oaklawn Cemetery. The Rosary will be recited at 7:00P.M. Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at the chapel of HARDAGE GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME 4115 HENDRICKS AVE.

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