Saba Alaska cruise Jul 2012
Shahrnaz Saba Mortazavi
  • 75 years old
  • Date of birth: Jul 23, 1937
  • Place of birth:
    Tabriz, Iran
  • Date of passing: Aug 17, 2012
  • Place of passing:
    Portland, Oregon, United States
Loving mother to her daughter. Adoring Grandmother to her grandsons. Friend, teacher, and mentor to countless souls around the world. She was the everlasting beacon of humanity in all our hearts.

This is in the memory of our beloved mother and grandmother, Shahrnaz Saba Mortazavi, whom we will remember and love till the end of time. We have created this website so that friends and family around the world can share their thoughts, stories, pictures, and videos with everyone who knew Saba.

We are very grateful for the generosity of people sending flowers. We would like to request that in lieu of sending flowers, you consider donating to the hospice organization (Legacy's Hopewell House) that took extremely good care of Saba in her final days. This page has a description that includes a link to an online donation form:

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Carol Austin on 23rd July 2017


The pictures from Saba's life story are so very moving.  She led such an amazing life with much love for family and friends.  I wish I had had a chance to know her longer, but my memories of her are strong.  My love to you on this day."

This tribute was added by Homa Rafii on 18th August 2016

"Thinking of dear Saba and the memories of all the good time we had together! Her kindness and love is missed. She will always be with me."

This tribute was added by sima ferdowsi on 20th August 2014

"We had good and also alot of thoughts to share.I will never forget her.God bless her..........sima"

This tribute was added by sima ferdowsi on 19th August 2014

"We shared good time,talk  and  we had a lot of thought in common.
She was such a good natured person and i will never forget her. God bless her......sima"

This tribute was added by Barbara (Bobbie) Leva on 17th August 2014

"What little I shared with your mother, I remember as though it was today's present.  The memory of Seba will remain with me.
Bobbie Leva"

This tribute was added by Raha Lucienne Zohhadi on 17th August 2014

"May you find strength in the love of family and in the warm embrace of friends. Love you so much."

This tribute was added by Homa Rafii on 25th August 2013

"“They lived and laughed and loved and left
and the world will never be the same”.
James Joyce

In loving memory of dear Saba,
The fund memories of the good time we had together will keep her in our hearts forever.
Homa & Bahman"

This tribute was added by Katy Hadad on 18th August 2013

"Thinking of Saba joun as I do often...She was loving, kind, warm and patient.
Rouheshan forever shaad..."

This tribute was added by Yalda Daneshfarnia on 15th August 2013

"Saba joon- in these beautiful summer days, we have broken hearts, knowing that you are not among us. It is still so hard to accept your early departure! You touched our souls with your genuine love, kindness, and wisdom. You are forever in our hearts and memory. Will never forget your serene face... We miss you immensely!
Yalda, Ali, Lili, Kourosh"

This tribute was added by MIRALI KHATIBI TABATABAEI on 20th April 2013

"خانم دکتر مرتضوی یکی‌ از موثرترین اساتید در مسیر زندگی‌ من بوده و خواهند بود. من از ایشون آموختم که همیشه تشنه آموختن باشم، همیشه دیگران را دوست داشته باشم، بخشنده باشم، و پیش از نقد دیگران خودم رو نقد کنم. بزرگ بودند و بزرگوار. مطمئن هستم همهٔ دانشجویان ایشون در سرتاسر دنیا قدردان محبتهای این استاد عزیز خواهند بود."

This tribute was added by Hossein Lotfabadi on 9th February 2013

"لطفاً سخنرانی ايراد شده با عنوان "فلسفة زندگی و مرگ" به ياد و گرامی داشت استاد شادروان گرانقدر، پروفسور شهرناز مرتضوی، در تالار مولوی دانشگاه بهشتی (در تهران) را که در سايت اينجانب به هر دو صورت ويديوئی و نوشتاری در بخش مصاحبه ها و سخنرانيها ارائه شده ملاحظه بفرماييد"

This tribute was added by Hamid Nahid on 9th February 2013

"My dear Saba, dear family,

I had Saba in my dreams and she was happy smiling.
This music can be listened to as a tribute to her soul."

This tribute was added by Merce Rius Almoyner on 21st September 2012

"Her generous hospitality allowed me to talk and learn more about the situation and life in Iran. Saba you will be in my hearys.  My deepest sympathy

Mercè, from Barcelona, Spain"

This tribute was added by Jalil Fathabadi on 11th September 2012

"ما جان به راه دیده بینا گذاشتیم      دل در دیار آن گل زیبا گذاشتیم
شوریده همرهیم در این کاروان عشق      رفتیم و آتش دل خود جا گذاشتیم
به معیارهایش وفادار بود . در باره دیگران قضاوت نمیکرد. بارور و خود شکوفا بود. دلش به اندازه همه دوستانش جا داشت. هیچکس را با دانش فزونترش تحقیر نمیکرد. روحش شاد."

This tribute was added by esmat danesh on 5th September 2012

"ازصمیم قلب می گویم خانم دکتر مرتضوی رسم دنیا فراموشی است، اما فراموش نکن، کسی در لابلای زمان به یاد توست."

This tribute was added by esmat danesh on 5th September 2012

"کشیدند در کوی دلدادگان             میان دل و کام دیوارها
سرکارخانم دکتر مرتضوی، همکار و دوست بسیار گرامی من فردی خودشکوفا بودند و اثر چشمگیری بر رشد و بالندگی انسانها داشتند. یاد ایشان همواره قرین شوخ طبعی، گذشت، و ایثار است. از مهمترین یادگارهای ایشان مجله روانشناسی کاربردی در دانشگاه شهید بهشتی است که آن را راه اندازی کردند و از سال 1384 تا 1386 مدیر مسئول آن بودند. روحش شاد و قرین رحمت باد  و ا"

This tribute was added by mina khoshsokhan on 5th September 2012

"با سلام و اظهار تاسف و همدردی
کلاس های خانم دکتر مرتضوی یادگاری شیرین از دانشگاه شهید بهشتی اند
روحشان شاد"

This tribute was added by sharlene green on 4th September 2012

"Your mother, whom we met briefly, while in the company of Kim and Alex and family was a lovely person,and a consumate professional fellow psychologist.  We enjoyed the occasional e-mail conversation and her committment for fair treatment for all members of the human race.  Above all, she loved her family and I know, was loved greatly in return.  We are sorry for your loss."

This tribute was added by Mehran Nasri on 4th September 2012

"Pooran & Mehran Nasri
Dear Sepi, Kaveh, Nima, Parsa.
We all have lost a dear dear one. Her lovely memories will live in our hearts, we will remember her for her love which she gave us all without any hesitation, we will do so for her and to each other for sure. Put a white flower on our behalf when you visit her resting place."

This tribute was added by nahid mashkouri najafi on 4th September 2012

"سپیده عزیز مادر تو و دوست و همکار نازنین ما به قول شاعر
" هرگز نمیرد آنکه دلش زنده شد به عشق..."
برای همیشه حتی در ذهن و یاد دخترها و نوه های منهم زنده هست چون  روزی نیست که از سخنان سنجیده و خاطرات خوش از او برایشان نقل قول نگویم. فقط غمم از اینستکه فرصت بیشتر آموختن از او را از دست دادم."

This tribute was added by parviz khishtandar on 1st September 2012

"با سلام و عرض همدردی و احساس تاسف
از شنیدن این خبر بسیار غمگین و متاثر شدم ،خانم دکتر استاد بنده در دوران داشجویی لیسانس و فوق لیسانس همچون مادری مهربان برای من بود و اکنون که این خبر را شنیدم بغض  در گلویم سنگینی می کند ،امیدوارم که خداوند به شما صبر عنایت نموده و روح مادر بزگوارمان را قرین رحمت و آرامش قرار دهد."

This tribute was added by Farshideh Kazemi on 1st September 2012

"سپیده عزیزم با تسلیت مجدد و با غم و اندوه فراوان از فقدان دوست و آموزگار دوران جوانی ام ، برایت در این روزهای اندوهبار صبر و بردباری را آرزو دارم. یاد این عزیز در قلب من برای همیشه خواهد ماند؛ عزیزی که در مهم ترین ایام زندگی ام همواره نقش معلم و الگو را در برداشتن گام هایی استوار و مطمئن در زندگی داشته است و روزهای به یادماندنی را در کانون گرم زندگی خانوادگی اش گذرانده ام. یادش گرامی"

This tribute was added by Hossein Lotfabadi on 31st August 2012

"استاد بزرگوار، شادروان پروفسور شهرناز مرتضوی، همکار گرامی ما در گروه روان شناسی دانشگاه بهشتی بود. من از روزی که در ده سال پيش از دانشگاه فردوسی به دانشگاه بهشتی منتقل شدم ايشان را شناختم و شاهد شخصيت بلندپايه و مهر بيکران اين استاد گرانقدر بودم. نه فقط من و ديگر همکاران او بلکه تمام دانشجويانش نيز او را به بزرگی و مهربانی و آرامش و همدلی و پشتيبانی استادانه می شناختند.  يادش گرامی باد"

This tribute was added by a b on 29th August 2012

"سپیده جان:به شما تسلیت می گوییم و از صمیم قلب آرزو داریم که صبرتان در فقدان مادر و دوست بسیار مهربان و دوست داشتنی و ارزشمند افزون شود.خبر از دست دادن دوست-مادر و همکار عزیز و دوست داشتنی مان  در ناباوری زیاد،ما رابسیار متاثر و غمگین نمود.امید است که روح آن بزرگوار قرین رحمت و شادی باشد.محبوبه عارفی-عبدالرسول قدک"

This tribute was added by sima ferdowsi on 28th August 2012

"Dear sepideh,
It was so heartbreaking to hear that my best friend and best colleague has passed away.I had spoken with her a couple of weeks before her passin; she sounded so sweet as she always was.Her voice is still in my ear, and it will always be. I know her as a strong,helpful and outstanding lady...God bless her."

This tribute was added by Shahriar Shahidi on 28th August 2012

"Professor Mortazavi was a learned and esteemed colleague and a dear friend and mentor for me. She will be always remembered by her colleagues and students in Shahid Beheshti University. We will celebrate her life which was happy and fruitful rather than mourn her death.
هرگز نمیرد آن که دلش زنده شد به عشق            ثبت است بر جریده عالم دوام ما"

This tribute was added by Sam Heidari on 27th August 2012

"A lady of highest accomplishment in absolute humility.  A true inspiration for all of us. She will be truly missed, but may her life and humanity to be an example for the rest of us.

Khodah Bea-morzashan."

This tribute was added by Barbara (Bobbie) Leva on 27th August 2012

"To Saba's family:
Her life was well spent and her memory is ever lasting to those who knew her.  Saba has left a legacy to be cherished by all.
Bobbie Leva"

This tribute was added by nasrine gandjei on 27th August 2012

"Sepideh Jan salam, I dont think your remember me as too many years separated us for reasons that scattered us all over the world. It was so wonderful to find each other and so sad to lose her so soon. Il feel like torn apart. Thank you for the pictures. I think her best achievement was you. Please accept my sincere condoleances. Long life to you, your husband and children"

This tribute was added by Mirahmad Amirshahi on 27th August 2012

"Today is sure among the sad days of our lives to hear that our beloved Dr.Mortazavi being passed away. She would certainly be remembered for her passion, warm and sincere relationships, hard work, honesty and dedication to quality both in life and academic works. Though we are all from allah and shall return to him, we miss her greatly and wish patience for all family members, colleagues, and frie"

This tribute was added by Sara Rafii on 26th August 2012

"Thank you Tiran for the beautiful slideshow.

I cherish my memories of Saba-jun.  I will miss hearing her voice, her words of wisdom and common sense, her sense of humor, her laugh and her smile.  

This tribute was added by Tiran B on 24th August 2012

"I made a video slide show from some of Khale Saba's pictures. I apologize for the poor quality of the pictures.
You should copy and paste the above link to watch it on youtube."

This tribute was added by Nooshin Sheybani on 23rd August 2012

"Sepideh, kaveh, parsa va nimaye aziz,
I have good memories of khaleh Shahnaz in our mother's gatherings.
She will always be in my heart and I will never forget her voice and smile. please accpet my condolences.

This tribute was added by Nooshin Sheybani on 23rd August 2012

"Az Tarafe Mina Rostami:

Shahnaz, you were a real lady and a good friend. I never forget the lead you gave me when I was missing my way in life.
you are unforgettable. I miss you forever.

This tribute was added by Tatiana Dyelr on 23rd August 2012

"Saba Joun was a great teacher and friend to me.I am saddened by her sudden loss.We spent every Thursday evening for the past few years together. She taught me to read and write in Farsi.She was always kind, patient, and loving towards me.I will continue my journey in learning Farsi because of her .I will always love, remember, and miss her. Thank you Saba Joun for everything.
Love Tati"

This tribute was added by M F on 22nd August 2012

"Sepi jan ,please accept my deepest sympathy. My heart goes out to you in this difficult time. Your mom lives on in the lives she touched and in the love she shared.

You know I am here for anything that you need.

My deepest condolence to Shahriar khan as well.
Maryam Fazlalipour"

This tribute was added by Sohrab Zahedi on 22nd August 2012

"I have lost a piece of my soul."

This tribute was added by a b on 22nd August 2012

"Dear Sepi and Kaveh, We are deeply saddened that Saba Khanum left us so early.  We feel fortunate that we have met her and spend wonderful moments with her.  She has for ever touched us by her love and kindness.  We always remember her smile and love for everyone.
Please accept our condolences. Majid, Ildi, and Arman."

This tribute was added by Mahboubeh Kaboly on 21st August 2012

"Dear Sepideh, Kave, Nima &Parsa,
Saba joon left us so much sooner than we all expected. I am honored to have the pleasure of meeting her and spending some time with her during my past trips. She was really a role model for all of us and her memories will be always alive among us. Wishing you peace and strength to overcome your pain in this difficult time.  Love, MK"

This tribute was added by Ensieh B on 21st August 2012

"Cont'd : I wish you were here and we could talk about it. Perhaps I will see you again in another lifetime. Love and miss you my dearest Saba joon."

This tribute was added by Ensieh B on 21st August 2012

"Maman Saba, I miss you so much! Although I did not see you very often, you affected my life in so many ways. I will miss hearing your warm and caring voice, your advice, your guidance, your support, your unconditional love, your laughter and sense of humor. You will always remain very close to my heart. I am so happy to see that your book was published. I can't wait to read  it. I wish...."

This tribute was added by leila zohadi on 21st August 2012

"سپیده جان از شنیدن خبر فوت استاد بزرگوارم بسیار متاثر شدم
خدمات ارزشمند ایشان در دانشگاه هرگز فراموش نخواهد شد
خدمت شما وخانواده محترم تسلیت عرض می کنم و
از درگاه خداوند متعال برایتان صبرآرزو دارم
من رو هم در غم عزیز از دست رفته تان شریک بدونید
لیلا زهادی"

This tribute was added by Hossein Arbabzadeh on 21st August 2012

"Sepideh aziz,
My thoughts are with you. Please accept my condolonces for the loss of your beloved mom."

This tribute was added by Reza S. on 21st August 2012

"Sepi jan, I’d like to share a quote from the book Fahrenheit 451 that I just started reading a few days ago and it reminded me of Saba:
“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies… A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, Cont’d"

This tribute was added by Reza S. on 21st August 2012

"Cont’d.: and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you're there.  It doesn't matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that's like you after you take your hands away.”
Saba had such a kind heart and touched so many in her life that it isn’t difficult to look for her soul in those places or people"

This tribute was added by Jyoti Veeramoney on 21st August 2012

"It was an honor and privilege to know Saba Aunty.In spite of all the trials and tribulations life had to offer Aunty was an epitome of strength and courage.Saba Aunty touched my life with her warmth,love,and compassion. She was a woman of grace and elegance.You will be close to my heart always Saba Aunty. I love you and I will miss our lunches and conversations.Sepi my deepest condolences"

This tribute was added by Tiran B on 20th August 2012

"I will always remember you for your compassion, soft and calm soothing voice, warm and beautiful welcoming eyes, your advices that took years to understand but only minutes to grasp, your desire for living life to its fullest, your sense of humour, your laughter, your open mindedness, your innovative mind, your love for teaching and learning, and your so many beautiful talents..."

This tribute was added by a b on 20th August 2012

"She was one of those special humans that one may come across few times in a life time. Every time I meet Saba, her love, nonjudgmental personality and humility was more fascinating. Even though, I was not lucky to know her better, her love will live in my heart for ever.
Please accept our deepest sympathy"

This tribute was added by Nima Rashidzadeh on 20th August 2012

"ای ساکن جان من آخر به کجا رفتی در خانه نهان گشتی یا سوی هوا رفتی
چون عهد دلم دیدی از عهد بگردیدی چون مرغ بپریدی ای دوست کجا رفتی
در روح نظر کردی چون روح سفر کردی از خلق حذر کردی وز خلق جدا رفتی
رفتی تو بدین زودی تو باد صبا بودی ماننده بوی گل با باد صبا رفتی
نی باد صبا بودی نی مرغ هوا بودی از نور خدا بودی در نور خدا رفتی"

This tribute was added by maryam Imani on 20th August 2012

"Saba joon's legacy of love, humanity, selflessness, peace, fairness and wisdom will forever be protected in the hearts of those she loved most Nima, Parsa, Sepideh, Kaveh, Shahriar joon, Azi joon, Pooneh joon, Ali joon and all the rest of us who were truly blessed to be loved and touched by this great soul.  My saddest heart felt condolences to all the  loved ones."

This tribute was added by maryam Imani on 20th August 2012

"“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” Saba joon lived her life with pure love, her legacy of love will forever be..."

This tribute was added by shayesteh masoumi on 20th August 2012

"Hi,dear sepi I cann't stop crying she was the best woman who I know and i cann't say any words................."

This tribute was added by Abdollah Zohadi on 20th August 2012

"Dear Sepideh
Fereshteh and I are deeply sad and our thoughts are with you.
Please accept our condolences."

This tribute was added by golnaz kaveh on 20th August 2012

"Saba joon, words can not express my gratitude for having you in my life.  You were so eager to see your book published but I am certain your biggest accomplishment was not your book but the way you carried yourself thru life.  I will miss and long for your company for ever after.  I Love you immensely.
My deepest condolences to Sepi, Nima, Parsa, Kaveh, and Shahriar Mortazavi aziz."

This tribute was added by Noshad & Saeid Monsef on 19th August 2012

"Dear Saba, It was such an honor to have met and known you even for a short time. Your life is an inspiration to all of us.

Dear Sepideh, Kaveh, Nima & Parsa,
Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your beloved mom. Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow, you are in our prayers."

This tribute was added by Carol Austin on 19th August 2012

"Dearest Sepi, Kaveh, Nima and Parsa,
Our hearts goes out to you. We'll remember Saba's smile and warmth.  She had a wonderful ability to make you smile in return and feel welcome.  We're saddened such energy and love was taken so soon, but it is clear from these messages she has touched many and will be remembered."

This tribute was added by R K on 19th August 2012

"I was blessed to be introduced to Sabajun in April 2010. Saba wanted some help in editing her book, Quilting A Family Album. I felt honored to be able to help her. I felt very close to Saba as we worked on her book, because she poured her heart and soul into her writing. She championed peace and family togetherness and love! Her spirit lives on, Love, Ramona Kar"

This tribute was added by f m on 19th August 2012

"ای ساربان آهسته رو کآرام جانم می‌رود
وآن دل که با خود داشتم با دلستانم می‌رود

من مانده‌ام مهجور از او بیچاره و رنجور از او
گویی که نیشی دور از او در استخوانم می‌رود

گفتم به نیرنگ و فسون پنهان کنم ریش درون
پنهان نمی‌ماند که خون بر آستانم می‌رود

محمل بدار ای ساروان تندی مکن با کاروان
کز عشق آن سرو روان گویی روانم می‌رود

او می‌رود دامن کشان من زهر تنهایی چشان
دیگر مپرس از من نشان کز دل نشانم می‌"

This tribute was added by Mahroo Arsanjani on 19th August 2012

"Occasionally there are people who touch your heart and soul and make you wonder if you could ever be half the person they are. Saba joun was a mentor, a friend, a rock, and the mother of my soul mate. She will be missed and will live on in our hearts."

This tribute was added by Reza Nassib on 19th August 2012

"Dear Sepideh,

We are so sad and shocked to learn of passing of your beloved Mother. She has been such a gift to our community and a great Role model to all of us. You, Parsa, Nima, and Kaveh will carry her legacy. Please accept our condolences and Prayers. We now have another angel protecting and guiding us.


Anna, Annise, Arianna, and Reza Nassib"

This tribute was added by Katy Hadad on 19th August 2012

"I had the good fortune and honor of getting to know Saba Joun over 2 1/2 years as she lovingly, patiently and with great expertise taught Farsi to my daughter, Tatiana. I always looked forward to the pick-up as then Saba Joun and I would spend another hour just talking & sharing. Saba Joun was a dear friend to me. Warm, encouraging, accepting and open. I will always remember and miss her.."

This tribute was added by Sissi Mortasawi on 19th August 2012

"Nazi- Joon, I can’t believe that you have left us, it’s so unreal.
I will always remember you as the warm, intelligent, caring woman you were, my aunt, a wonderful mom, grandma and sister.
But no one you love will ever die really, you will remain in our hearts  forever!
Sepi, Kaveh, Nima and Parsa, Shahriar im with you with my thoughts and with my heart all the time.

This tribute was added by Raha Lucienne Zohhadi on 19th August 2012

"My Dear Sepideh, I am really shocked. Words seem inadequate to express the sadness I feel about Mrs. Mortazavi's death. As you grieve know that I am remembering you and honouring the memory of your mother. With loving memories of her, she will remain in my heart for ever. Peace, prayers and blessings."

This tribute was added by a b on 19th August 2012

"Saba Khanum Salam, Sepi...our dearest Sepi Salam...Salam Kaveh and you brothers (Nima & Parsa)
I've never been dare ever to think about words are not enough to express my pain and and sadness. Sense of missing air... breathless in last line.
RIP Saba khanum

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