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FORDS, N.J. —More than 400 friends, family and spiritual leaders gathered at Royal Albert’s Palace in Fords, N.J., Nov. 29 morning, to celebrate the life of Shantaben Modi, 95, who passed away peacefully on Nov. 23. Also Read - ‘My Party is Over, Hope There is No Hangover‘: Chennai Man's Self-Written Obituary Goes Viral, Makes People Emotional

Shantaben is the mother of Dr. Sudha Parikh and mother-in-law of Desi Talk publisher Dr. Sudhir Parikh. Also Read - This Twitter User Wrote An Obituary For Death Of Media & Confused by The Wordplay, A Newspaper Actually Published It!

The event began with bhajans sung by the well-known Joshi & Group led by Ramesh Joshi, as well as by a BAPS Temple devotee. Shantaben’s son-in-law Dr. Manoj Desai also sang a bhajan.

Her granddaughter Dr. Purvi Parikh read out an eulogy describing her grandmother as a role model who guided and cared for a large family spanning three generations of accomplished sons, grandchildren and great grandchildren who are now specialists in business, IT, medicine, and media.

“She taught me Gujarati, she taught me a card game called Dhagla bhaji, she taught me the power of prayer and she taught me never to settle for anything less than number one … She taught me grace, strength and that it is possible for one person to possess both inner and outer beauty… she taught me a good sense of humor never goes out of style.. she taught us the importance of family even in her last days,” Dr. Purvi Parikh said.

Three other grand children, Dr. Ankur Desai, Dr. Ravi Parikh, and Samir Desai, also read out their memories of their grandmother, as did great granddaughter Pooja Sheth.

Kiran Desai, chairman of the Vraj Temple of Pennsylvania as well as Praful Raja, member of the BAPS Swaminarayan Temple executive committee also addressed the gathering. Dr. Sudhir Parikh thanked those present for coming.

Guests partook of prasad and lunch as they recounted anecdotes relating to the life of Shantaben.

Shantaben Modi led a happy and peaceful life. She is survived by four children, eight grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

This story originally appeared on News India Times.