Alexandra Leila Gillette Baba
November 4, 1934 - January 25, 2013
Alexandra was born on November 4, 1934 in Superior Arizona. Her parents were Rev. Fr. Elias and Salwa Gillette. Her mother, Salwa, was the first Lebanese actress in Hollywood. Alexandra grew up in New London , Connecticut up to the age of seven. She then moved with her family to Los Angeles California.
Alexandra met Joseph Nicholas Baba at St.Nicholas Antiochian cathedral in Los Angeles and they were married November 1954. They had four beautiful children: June, Phillip, Paul and Eileen. They raised their children in the Hollywood Hills. In Hollywood, Alexandra, while raising her children, owned a boutique called "Baba's Fashions" where she catered to celebrities.
Alexandra's and her family moved to Northern California to the beautiful city of Los Altos. Twenty years were spent in Los Altos until she moved to be near her mother in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her husband Joseph passed away in Nevada March 2010 and soon after she came to live in West Sacramento with Fr. Paul, Kh Jean and family. She lived her remaining life with them until her passing from this life on January 25, 2013 at 11:07 a.m.
1) Active Teen S.O.Y.O member at age 15. 2) Married Joseph and had four children, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. 3) Founding member St. Michael's Antiochian Church, Van Nuys. 4) Founded Church of the Redeemer under fr. John Ocania. 5) Founder of St. Herman of Alaska Church in Sunnyvale. 6) Established Byzantium Orthodox Gallery in San Francisco, CA. 7) Supported Holy Virgin Mary Antiochian Church in West Sacramento, CA. 8) Supporter of Russian Pilgrim Magazine. 9) Supporter of Publication of the St Herman of Alaska Monastery of Platina, CA. 10) Antiochian Woman President of Diocese. 11) Order of St. Ignatius Member. 12) Donated two beautiful Arbors for Holy Virgin Mary Courtyard (Stage arbor is named "The Alexandra Theater")
She was loved by so many. May our gracious Lord look upon her good deeds and remember her in His heavenly Kingdom. We love you Mom, Grandma, Great-grandma and handmadian of the Lord. May your soul be blessed for eternity.
Alexandra is survived by her daughter June Ashie and husband Clifford, son Phillip and wife Yolanda, son Fr. Paul and wife Kh Jean, daughter Eileen Fumire and husband Robb, grandchildren, Rose, Nick, Bob, Nicholas, Mitch, Nathaniel, Gabriella and great - grandchildren Jimali and Alexander. She is also survived by brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews.