Armenian Nursing Home Resident Turns 100 Years Old

April 10, 2023

JAMAICA PLAIN, Mass. — It was a joyous occasion at the Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center when Anahid Khanbegian celebrated her 100th birthday on March 2.

Surrounded by family members, staff, residents and friends, Khanbegian enjoyed the day’s festivities, which included flowers, decorations, homemade chocolate pudding, cakes, ice cream and gifts.

But most of all, she beamed with happiness being with her family. Khanbegian was thrilled to have her son Dickran, daughter-in-law Sandra, her grandson Peter Khanbegian and his wife Kwan, her niece Linda and her husband Dennis Tarzian on hand for the festivities.

Born on March 2, 1923, in Portland, Maine, Anahid (Parnagian) Khanbegian was always an active, happy child. After graduating from high school, she met and married Hrayr (Harry) in 1946. They first lived in Brooklyn, NY and then relocated to Massachusetts, where they raised their son Dickran in Roslindale.


Khanbegian spent 66 years in Roslindale, working as a hairdresser with her aunt Arousyag, her father Asadour and her uncle Dickran, both of whom were barbers at the family-owned Metropolitan Barbershop. The shop was located at the center of Metropolitan Avenue and Washington Street. Khanbegian also worked for McGraw Hill/Dodge Reports as a researcher and at Diane’s Bakery in Roslindale Square. It was at the bakery that Diane developed her legendary sweet tooth! Family was always important to Khanbegian; she made it a priority to take good care of her mother and her father throughout their lives.  … Continue Reading

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