Ibtissam Matthiadis, 65, of Raleigh, NC, passed away on July 3, 2021 after a valiant battle with cancer. She passed quietly at home surrounded by those she loved, her husband and children.
Ibtissam was born on September 12, 1955 to Assad and Josephine Antonios in Ainbal, Lebanon. Her family later immigrated to Kuwait during the Lebanese Civil War. She lived most of her young adult life in Kuwait, where she met and married her husband, Stavros Matthiadis, in 1984.
In 1990, Ibtissam, her husband, and their three young children at the time immigrated to the United States during the first Gulf War. She sacrificed her home, family, and way of life in order to give her children a better chance. She was the epitome of the American dream. Her hard work and diligence provided the way for her family and their happiness equaled her success.
Ibsi, as she was often called, showed her love for her family and friends through food. You never left her table hungry and if you ever had the pleasure to be served by her, you would know that she was generous with her portions and was always convinced that you'd never eaten enough.
She fought hard and gave this life all she could muster. She did it all for the love of her family. The love she had for her husband, children, and grandchildren will live on and her absence will be deeply felt.
Ibtissam is predeceased by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Stavros Matthiadis; her children, Maria Matthiadis, Josephine Matthiadis (and her husband Christopher “Tony” Miller and son Christopher “Deuce” Miller), Constantine Matthiadis (and his wife Anna Matthiadis), and Francis Matthiadis (and his son Michael Hansen); and her three brothers and two sisters.
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