April 24, 1924 ~ November 21, 2005
Hanneh "Mama" Habash
Born in Jerusalem on April 24, 1924.
Mama grew up in Taybeh, Palestine, the biblical town of Ephraim, which has remained a Christian community for 2000 years. She married Naoum in 1942. In 1956, they emigrated to America with their four young children and settled in Detroit for five years. In 1961, Mama and her family moved to Hermosa Beach and started a small grocery store at 828 Hermosa Avenue, and then opened the famous Habash Cafe at 233 Pacific Coast Highway in 1969. Mama is well-known throughout the South Bay for her fine Arabic food. Her motto was: "When you feed them, fill them up; and when you beat them, beat them up." When Mohammed Ali was in the Los Angeles area, he would fill up on Mama's cooking and make himself at home in Mama's restaurant for hours on end, visiting with Mama and the family and all who gathered around.
She is survived by Son, Jay Habash, Daughter, Fatina Johnston, Grandaughters, Michelle & Nicole Basil & Yvette Habash, Grandsons, Chase Johnston, Daniel, Anthony, Gregory, Jayden, Jeremy & Nathan Habash, Great Grandaughters, Shelby Habash, Brianna & Savanna Hickey & Taylor Johnston. A gathering of family & friends will be Monday, November 28, 2005, 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Rice Mortuary in Torrance, CA. The Funeral Service will be Tuesday, November 29, 2005, 12:00 P.M. at The Hope Chapel in Hermosa Beach, CA. Burial will follow at Pacific Crest Cemetery in Redondo Beach.
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