Asma Matar, who started her life as an orphan and refugee, ended it as the beloved, elegant matriarch of a large family and a cherished pillar of her Christian congregation. She died Thursday, July 5, at her home in Milford, Conn.
She was the wife of the late Said Matar. Over the course of their 52-year-marriage, they survived the tumult of World War II, the upheaval of immigration to an unfamiliar land — and raising six children. They made their home in a pale yellow bungalow near Walnut Beach, where they warmly and frequently opened their doors (front, back and refrigerator) to their sprawling extended family from around the globe, and their many friends from around the corner.