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December 15, 2023
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Gladys David Toma the daughter of Aghjan and Rachel was born in Kiruk Iraq in 1936. Aghjan moved to Iran in 1941. Shortly after Rachel followed with their 6 children – Victoria, William, Gladys, Victor, Michelle and Vania. Aghjan passed away in 1945. Rachel supported her children selling ice cream and sandwiches in the summers and Pacha in the winters at her family-owned deli. At 14 years of age Gladys started to work with a prominent doctor in Tehran. Dr. Johnny Alvazadeh. There she found her passion as a midwife.
She then moved to Iraq and worked at Dar Al Salam “Meaning House of Peace”, a nationally famous medical facility in Bagdad, and as an apprentice with Jidda Lucie.
She married Isaac Jacob in 1958. Gladys and Isaac lived in Iraq and had 10 children. Gladys left Iraq 8 months pregnant with 10 kids in tow along with her husband for America in 1980.
In America she worked as a nurse and midwife to support the family until her husband passed away in 1991. In 1999 she built a house and moved to California to live with her eldest son, John, surrounded by her children and grandchildren, which she delivered until her passing on December 15, 2023.
She is survived by her children, Shemiran, Nanajan, John, Nadia, Mariam, Jacklin, Tony, Batul, Yousif, Jina and Danny. 26 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.
She was a strong woman, the pillar of the Jacob Family. She is loved by all and will be missed very much.
Visitation will be from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. at Renner-Wikoff Chapel and Graveside services at 1:00 p.m. at Eastlawn Cemetery, all on Friday January 5, 2024.