Amaliya Arustamova

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Amaliya Arustamova

It is with a great sadness we announce that on July 19th, 2019, at 87th year of her life passed away our beloved mother Amaliya Gaykovna Arustamova (Kasparova)

Amaliya was born on February 4th, 1933, in Baku, Azerbaijan. On September 17, 1960, she married Vladimir Arustamov, who was born on December 24, 1924 in Kislovodsk, Russia. From that marriage, they have two sons: Alexander, who was born on April 18, 1962, and currently resides in Belgorod, Russia, and, Konstantin (Constantine) who was born on June 07, 1963, and currently resides in Kirkland, WA, USA.

Most of her life, from 1933 to 1990, Amaliya lived in Baku, Azerbaijan.  She also lived in Yerevan, Armenia from 1990 to 1993.  She immigrated in the United States together with her spouse, Vladimir Arustamov, in November, 1993, where they reunited with their son, Constantine, and resided in Saint Louis, Missouri.  The family relocated into Seattle area in August of 1997 and resided in the city of Kirkland, WA.

Amaliya had a difficult but happy and productive life.   Her working carrier started after a high school in 1950 — she was just 17 years old when she started working for a district court and prosecuting attorney offices.  She went to a law school and graduated with a law degree from Azerbaijan State University in 1958.  During her school years, she was working for Ministry of Justice of Azerbaijan and Central Committee of Communist Party of Azerbaijan.  After the law school, she started to work as an inspector of the Personnel Department (HR) of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Azerbaijan.  She progress from Inspector to Senior Inspector and later (in 1982) became Deputy Head of Recruitment Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Azerbaijan.  Her carrier in Azerbaijan was affected by well-known anti-Armenian events that took place in Baku in late 1980th.  On January 17, 1990, Amaliya together with her family was evacuated from Baku in connection with those ethnic events.  They were accompanied by the Soviet military. From the military airport near Baku (Kala) they were transported by a military plane to the Georgian military airport Aziani, and, then, to Yerevan, Armenia.  Amaliya and her family became refugees and for several months were sharing an apartment with a local Armenian family who took them from the airport and provided shelter to them.  Even at that time, Amaliya continued to work as an Inspector of the Personnel Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Armenia until her departure to the US in November 1993.

Amaliya spent entire life helping everyone who was dear to her.  In addition to her immediate family, she always care for her extended family:  her parents, brothers and sisters, cousins, and their families.  Her kindness and support was always extended to all of them and she tried to be there for all them in difficult time.

After her husband’s death in 2014 (he died from cancer on August 10, 2014), Amaliya noticeably declined due to elderly age, and severe dementia that was affecting her daily life.  She was diagnosed with a very unusual for her age and aggressive cancer with several months to live.  She spent last several months in presence of her children: her son, Constantine, who resides in the US, and her son, Alexander, who resides in Russia and who visited US several times since November 2018.  She died peacefully at home on July 19, 2019.

Amaliya is survived by her two sons and their families, her five grandchildren, and her two great grandchildren.  Amaliya also has one sibling – her young sister lives in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Her funeral service will be held at 1 pm on July 26, 2019 at the Holy Resurrection Armenian Apostolic Church,  11505 Redmond-Woodinville Rd. Redmond WA 98052; the burial will be held from at 3 pm at Woodinville Cemetery, 13200 NE 175th Street, Woodinville, WA 98072.


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