Chinnamma Chandy, the second eldest daughter of Ulahannan and Annamma Mekkattil, was born on July 4, 1943.
Chinnamma was funny and beautiful with a smile that lit up any room. She was a true trailblazer for her time. In 1970, she came to the United States on a nursing visa with eight dollars in her purse. She met her future husband, Joseph Chandy, in New Delhi and married him in Manhattan in 1972. Soon after she gave birth to her son, Joby, and then her daughter, Lizy. Joseph and Chinnamma settled into a house in Queens where she devoted her entire life to her children, her husband, and her extended family. She was determined to give a better life to her family in India and sponsored so many relatives to come to America, all while studying for her Bachelors in Nursing. Chinnamma was a registered nurse for over 40 years, serving thousands of patients from New Delhi to New York. She was also a devout and obedient Christian who prayed for the well being of all.
In June 2019, Chinnamma experienced some difficulty with her walking and balance. This led to a fall in which she was fortunately not hurt but revealed a large high-grade meningioma had grown above her brain. This tumor slowly started to debilitate her physically. She sought numerous treatments, including radiation. Chinnamma fought hard and remained strong. Miraculously, she never complained of pain or asked for pain medications. Chinnamma is finally at peace in heaven with her parents, siblings, family, and friends that were waiting for her. Chinnamma is survived by her devoted and loving husband, Joseph, her children, Joby & Danusha Chandy, Alex & Lizy Chandy Khalfan, and her six granddaughters, Amara, Kayla, Khloe, Syona, Kapri, and Kamry.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to St. Mark’s the Evangelist Catholic Chuch at the link below. Donations will be used towards a Memorial Brick in Chinnamma’s name at the Blessed Mary Shrine and Rosary Garden.