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Selma Aboud Satel

Obituary for Selma Aboud Satel

September 13, 1913 - March 5, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 104


Selma Aboud Satel died peacefully on Monday, March 5, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas, at the age of 104. The oldest of eight children, Selma was born to Lebanese immigrants Agnes and Jim Aboud on September 13, 1913 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Selma began working at the young age of nine and helped raise and even name her younger siblings. In 1931, she married Toffe Satel and moved to San Antonio, Texas, where she lived until her passing. She was thought to be the longest living resident of Alamo Heights.

Selma and Toffe had five children. They operated dry cleaning and tailoring establishments on military bases throughout San Antonio before and during World War II, and later opened and operated Satel's Men's Clothing Stores. Selma Satel was a legend. She was a pioneer in the clothing industry, running a business at a time when it was unheard of for women to work outside the home. In honor of her 100th birthday, the city of Alamo Heights declared September 13, 2013 "Selma Satel Day." She also received a Businessperson of the Year Award from the City of Alamo Heights.

Among customers, Selma's candy drawer was well known at Satel's. But Selma, whose greatest joy was cooking for her family, was best known for her cooking. Every Sunday, she would create a Lebanese feast for all to enjoy. She was also an avid bridge player and loved to travel. In her 104 years, she was able to see most of the world.

Selma was preceded in death by her parents, Agnes and Jim Aboud; her husband, Toffe Satel; six of her siblings; her grandson, James Neal Blanton, Jr. and granddaughter, Christine Marie Deep. She is survived by her sister, Lillian Aboud Sharp of Corpus Christi, Texas, her children, Christine Satel Blanton, Careme Satel Deep (Tony), Jimmy Satel (Jane), Joe Satel and Toffe Satel (Sherry). She also will be missed by her grandchildren, Tracie Satel Beeler (Steven), John Blanton, Michael Deep M.D., Catherine Blanton Markette (Matt), Ashley Satel Robertson (Jay), Cindy Satel, Jim Satel (Kelly), Joey Satel (Linda) and Elizabeth Young (Barry); as well as by her great grandchildren, Christopher Allison, Matthew Markette, Natalie Markette, Brittany Robertson, Conley Robertson, Ava Satel, Caroline Satel, Emily Satel, Henry Satel, Joey Satel, Kate Satel, Isabel Young and Sophia Young.

MARCH 8, 2018
11:00 A.M.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mark's Episcopal Church or to the charity of your choice.

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