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Jocelyne J. Haddad
April 10, 1944 ~ December 31, 1969 (age 25) 25 Years Old
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It is with deep sorrow and immense love that we mourn the passing of Jocelyne Joseph Haddad, who left this world peacefully on January 14, 2024, in Orange, California. Born on April 10, 1944, in a cosmopolitan part of the Middle East once nicknamed “Paris of the East,” Jocelyne's journey was one marked by challenges, faith, and an unyielding devotion to her church and family.
Jocelyne, also known by her nickname, “Jocie,” grew up in the European-influenced coastal city of Beirut, Lebanon. She was a giver, always offering to help others around the house. She attended Catholic boarding schools, looking forward to her classes each morning. Jocelyne approached each school day with excitement, eagerly embracing the opportunity to learn. Ultimately, she achieved fluency in two languages: Arabic and French. In 1977, at the age of 33, Jocelyne embarked on a new chapter of her life when visiting her two sisters, Gladys and Liliane, in the United States. It was a welcome escape from her homeland, where war and destruction had broken out two years prior. She was captivated by California, as the sun, palm trees, and beautiful beaches echoed the allure of her beloved beach city back home. After much consideration, it was decided she would stay in America, where she would pursue the dream of US citizenship. This transition brought new opportunities as well as challenges, which Jocelyne met with open arms.
For 46 years, Jocelyne devoted herself to fulfilling the responsibilities of her day program, which was designed to keep those with disabilities active, while offering a sense of achievement and purpose. Her unwavering commitment to the program was not just a testament to her character and work ethic, but also reflective of her deep-seated belief in the value of accomplishment. Jocelyne's gentle spirit and loving nature made her a cherished member of her workplace, where she not only contributed but also inspired.
Jocelyne had a passion for the arts. She was a talented needleworker, finding joy in knitting and cross-stitching. Her hands created intricate patterns and designs that were as much a reflection of her patience as they were of her artistic spirit. Music and singing held a special place in Jocelyne's heart, particularly the melodies that filled the air as she sang along to the radio. Christmastime and the carols that came with the season were her absolute favorite. Jocelyne had a deep affection for Christmas. She knew the words and would sing along to every song, including José Feliciano’s Latin hit, “Feliz Navidad,” her favorite song of the Christmas season. Her love of music was only paralleled by her devout faith. Sundays held special significance for Jocelyne, showcasing the strength of her deep spiritual roots. She looked forward to church as much as she treasured time with family.
Family was the cornerstone of Jocelyne's life. She relished the time spent with her relatives, especially the dinners that brought everyone together. Her concern for the well-being of others was always evident, and her kind, gentle, and caring nature made her the heart of her family. Jocelyne is survived by her devoted sisters, Claire Chammaa, Liliane Haddad, and Gladys Morcos, along with her husband, Maurice Morcos. Her loving brothers, Raphael and Jean-Claude Haddad, also mourn her loss. Her warmth and affection will be deeply missed by her numerous nieces and nephews. Jocelyne was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Gabriel Haddad and Pauline Finan, and her brothers, Gabriel and Michel Haddad.
Jocelyne Joseph Haddad's life was a beautiful tapestry woven with love, kindness, and the threads of her many relationships. Her memory will be cherished and kept alive in the hearts of all who knew her. As we say goodbye to this remarkable aunt, sister, godmother, and beautiful being, we take comfort in knowing that her legacy will continue to inspire and guide us. May she rest in peace, enveloped in the love that she so freely gave during her time on earth.
May her memory be eternal.