Friday, November 30, 2012

A Tribute to My Mom, “Jennie” (Lucille Mae Vartanian) Bilezikian

A Tribute to My Mom

“Jennie” (Lucille Mae Vartanian) Bilezikian
10/08/1917 – 11/30/1991
Jennie (Lucille Mae Vartanian) Bilezikian, age 63, with grandson Deron Charkoudian
 in side yard of family home, 474 Lowell Avenue, Newtonville, Massachusetts.  (Note apple orchard in background.)
By Visiting Blogger
Martha Mae (Bilezikian Atikian) McCool

Our Mom was a wonderful, fun loving, caring, patient, and warm hearted individual who also possessed incredible culinary expertise!
Mom was ahead of her time, always selecting the freshest fruits and vegetables, and preparing wholesome meals all cooked from scratch.
Mummy’s apple pies were memorable.  She made her crusts from scratch,  the flakiest ever, and the apples were picked fresh from our apple trees.  In fact, many of the members of the Women’s Education Club were envious of Mom’s talents.  It was always noted that the meetings held at our home had the greatest in attendance; the ladies always lingered, hoping for either a recipe, or a sliver of pie to take home to hubby!!
I distinctly remember when my maternal grandmother traveled from California to Massachusetts to enjoy the summer with us, she was astonished and even heartlessly admonished Mom for wasting time by not utilizing frozen packages of veggies, and adding water to cake mixes!!
Mummy enrolled in Drivers-Education while we were in elementary school, and a short time later, she was awarded her driver’s license.  Once she earned the badge of “Chauffer”, she took great pride in taking us shopping, or for a spin throughout Newton and the surrounding areas . . . I even remember some of those Newton High School Boys tooting and waving at us . . . she was adorable behind that wheel and could have easily passed for the beauty queen at Newton High School North.
Mom was a good sport, as well.   Periodically, Dad used to take us fishing to have fun but also to give Mom a few hours on a beautiful Sunday afternoon to enjoy without the commotion of 3 children.  The ironic part is that we would invariably return home with an enormous water filled bucket containing our “catch of the day” enjoying their last swim during the car ride back home.   Little did those fish know that our good hearted Dad would leave the fish preparation for Mummy.  In those days,  I guess it was considered “man’s work”  to catch the fish, and “women’s work” to clean, scale, and cook the fresh catch of the day!!!
As we entered college, Mummy always encouraged us to bring friends home for Sunday dinner.  As I recall, the dining-room table was always extended in order to accommodate everyone comfortably!   News of our hospitable family spread and friends always looked forward to visiting.
Mummy was the perfect role model.  She was a devoted mother and wife, and passionate about her responsibilities to raise us properly, in a very good home environment.  She set a wonderful example for us to follow and she was greatly loved.   She was always there for encouragement; she was always there to lend a helping hand.   Mummy was consistently cheerful and good hearted; we feel fortunate to have had such a terrific Mom.
February 22, 2012


  1. What a wonderful tribute to your Mairig. :)

  2. Recently at 18 maple ave we unearthed a yorgan (blanket) she was knitting for Deron that was never finished. It was sitting in my bedroom a couple of weeks ago when I was home for thanksgiving. I noticed that the red ball of yarn with the needle through it, (attached to the blanket) was so well wound, dense and solid, and I remembered how capable and tough she was. She was always there for us to do the job, no matter when or where or for whom. Looking back on it from here I realize what a talent that was. She had drive, she knew what she wanted, and she got it done.

  3. Marash Girl is hoping to finish that red afghan that Grandma Jennie was crocheting for Deron in his favorite color, and present the afghan to Deron on his next birthday . . . from Grandma Jennie!