Aleyamma was born on January 25, 1940, in Manganam, Kottayam, in Kerala, to Puthuparambil Chacko (P.C.) Abraham and Annamma Abraham. She was the sixth of eleven siblings.
Aleyamma was raised in a home committed to God and the care of others. As a young woman, she moved to North India to study nursing. She began her career there as a registered nurse and met the love of her life and future husband, Rajan Abraham; they married in 1965. Many in the community sought her for her strong nursing skills and nurturing and compassionate heart, which was always open to her family and those in need.
In 1968, she and Rajan had their first child, Roby, followed by Reena a year later. A few years later, the twins, Sherly and Merly, came along. Though times were tough with her and Rajan having to work in North India while their children lived in Kerala, they would often travel back to ensure a close-knit family.
A testament to her strong and independent nature was when she immigrated to the United States in 1981 to work and ensure the welfare of her family. Rajan and the kids joined her in the U.S. the following year. She and Rajan joined the New York Pentecostal Assembly, later leaving to become founding members of the Emmanuel Pentecostal Church of God in 1989.
With her heart set on serving people in need, she continued to practice as a Nurse, first at North Central Bronx Hospital and subsequently in various Nursing homes. Through her thoughtfulness, gentleness, and kindness, she displayed the Love of Christ through her years of service. In addition to her strong commitment to her family, her faith, and the care of her patients, Aleyamma was a fantastic cook. Her famous mango pickles, aviyal, and vattayappam were just some of the beautiful dishes she made that fed the body and the soul.
Aleyamma's life was further blessed when her children married, and she gained four more children: Rajan, Naomi, Frank, and Navin. She was blessed with ten grandchildren: Chelsey, Joshua, David, Samantha, Gabriel, Leeya, Rebecca, Noah, Michael, and Abigail. Beyond her family, she was blessed with a community of close friends that meant the world to her.
While we would love to remember just the happy times, Aleyamma experienced suffering in the twilight of her life from a stroke and dementia. Through all those times, the seeds of love, compassion, service, and a nurturing heart that she had planted in her family bore fruit, with her family able to take care of her. Her fifty-eight years of marriage and Love for Rajan remained steadfast till the end as she took her last breath in her husband's arms.
While we share this moment of sorrow, we take it to heart, knowing that Aleyamma is with the Lord and that we, as her family, will continue to follow in the great example she has left for us.