Mrs Sīlānah Iskandar Nāsīf Abī Dāghir Yazbak

Selini and Anton Yasbeck
Selini Yasbeck and her second husband Elias Michael Decker (1890-1949)
(Courtesy of Gavin Bell)

Mrs Antoni Yazbeck (Sīlānah Iskandar Nāsīf Abī Dāghir Yazbak), 15, was born 15 July 1896 in Beirut, Lebanon the daughter of George Alexander.

The young bride was travelling to Wilkes-Barre, PA from Lebanon with her husband Antoni Yazbeck. They boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg as third class passengers. Antoni Yasbeck was lost in the sinking, Selini was rescued in collapsible C. A widow at the age of 15.

She later married Elias M. Decker and moved to Norfolk, VA. She had nine children, Alfred, Melvin, Robert, Lillian (Cornett née Decker), Frank, George, Charles, Marguerite and Louise.

She died 10 March 1966 and is buried at St. Mary's Cemetery, Norfolk, VA.


Articles and Stories

Virginia Pilot (1966) 


Gavin Bell, UK
Phillip Gowan, USA


She later anglicized the name to "Celiney Yasbeck".
Wedding photo shows Selini and her second husband Elias Michael Decker (1890-1949)

References and Sources

Virginia Pilot, 11 March 1966, Obituary
Commonwealth of Virginia- Certificate of Death (#543)

Link and cite this biography

(2017) Sīlānah Iskandar Nāsīf Abī Dāghir Yazbak Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #1312, updated 26th August 2017 21:40:02 PM)

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