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Evelyn Abdella
Evelyn Abdella
Birth: 15 August 1906
Bohanas Mt. Lebanon, Syria
Death: 5 March 2016
Clarence, New York, USA
Age: 109 years, 203 days
Country: SyriaSYRUnited StatesUSA

Evelyn Abdella (known as Sister John Maron Abdella; 15 August 1906 – 5 March 2016) was a Syrian-American centenarian. At the time of her death, she was the oldest living Arab-American person.[1]


Sister John Maron Abdella was born as Evelyn Abdella on 15 August 1906 in Bohanas Mt. Lebanon, Syria, daughter of Isser Abdella and Regina Ziden. Her bother, Anthony Abdella lived to be 92.[2] She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in September 1929 and pronounced her vows in August 1932.

She earned a bachelor of science in education degree from Mount St. Joseph Teachers College in 1939. She became the oldest living Arab-American person on 29 April 2011, then aged 104, following the death of 110-year-old Rose Haddad.[3][4]

Sister John Maron Abdella died in Clarence, New York on 5 March 2016 at the age of 109 years, 203 days. She was one of the oldest nuns in the United States when she died.[5]