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Revathy Iyer

December 14, 1944 - May 7, 2022

Revathy Iyer, 77, passed away peacefully on May 7, 2022 in the comfort of her home surrounded by her husband and children. Revathy was born in Hyderabad, India, immigrated to Philadelphia where she lived for 49 years, and most recently lived in Townsend, Delaware.

At 17, Revathy was the first of her family of 13 siblings to immigrate to the United States. For Revathy, family was her utmost priority. She was the catalyst for her broader family’s immigration to the US. She sponsored the immigration of 5 of her 8 surviving siblings and their families to pursue greater opportunities, resulting in a clan of over 60 residing and raising future generations. She was, and will always be the true matriarch of the family. Revathy also assisted countless friends and their families with the emigration process from India, further extending the pursuit of greater opportunities far beyond her own family.

Revathy started her career as a document translator at the University of Pennsylvania, spending the majority of her 47 year career working in the library system. Simultaneously as a restaurateur, Revathy and her husband Krishna opened and managed numerous Indian restaurants, a food truck, and a thriving national catering business for over four decades. She adoringly fed people from all walks of life including students, coworkers, friends, politicians, dignitaries, celebrities, the less fortunate, and many more.

Revathy loved all people, and expressed that love by cooking and feeding others. She was lovingly known as “Annapurna” – the Hindu Goddess of nourishment. Through her love of cooking, she touched many lives. Revathy cherished Govinda and fiercely loved and protected her family. In retirement, Revathy enjoyed traveling the world with her husband Krishna, and when at home, tending to and harvesting roses in her garden for her daily prayers.

Revathy is survived by her husband Krishna; her son and daughter-in-law Anil & Nilima; her daughter and son-in-law Amita & Douglas; her granddaughters Devina & Roslyn; and her grand paw-babies Skye & Baji.

A visitation will be held for family and friends from 10 am until 11:30 am on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 275 East Main Street, Middletown, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 11:30. Interment will be held privately.

Any friends or family who are unable to attend the services for Revathy may live stream the service by clicking here.

Close family and friends are invited to Revathy’s residence to celebrate her life and enjoy an informal meal in her honor.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Revathy’s memory may be made to, Delaware Hospice, 911 South DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901 or by clicking here or to The ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter, 321 Norristown Road, Suite 260, Ambler, PA 19002 or by clicking here.

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  • Aunty Revi, You will always hold my unconditional love. Thank you for everything! I will not let Anil know I was your favorite son. With all my loving, Ganesh.

  • To know Revathy aunty was to love her. She had a great big heart that had room for everyone in her life. She ‘adopted’ so many young students who were away from home and all became her family. If anyone needed her help, her default answer was “yes of course”. She was an inspiration to me and she will always have a place in my heart.

  • With deepest regret, I extend my condolences to the nuclear and extended familial legacy of our beloved Grand Matriarch, Aunty Revathy. She will truly be missed by the masses…. I LOVE YOU ALWAYS MY SWEET ANGEL AUNTY REVY♥️♥️♥️♥️🙏🏽🕉

    Your Niece,
    Chitra Serhuraman

  • With deepest regret, I extend my condolences to the nuclear and extended familial legacy of our beloved Grand Matriarch, Aunty Revathy. She will truly be missed by the masses…. I LOVE YOU ALWAYS MY SWEET ANGEL AUNTY REVY♥️♥️♥️♥️🙏🏽🕉

    Your Niece,
    Chitra Sethuraman

  • To the dear family of Revathy,

    I am so very sorry of Revathy’s passing. This is such a beautiful photo of her, her smile, so sweet. I am so glad we had a special relationship when she’d come into Kibow. She would bring me a scent, a pretty top etc.; I would give her flowers. She would call to thank me for my cards and to see how I was doing; this meant so much to me. She was so loving and caring. I would keep her in my prayers daily for healing. May she Rest in Peace!

    With my deepest sympathy,

    Kathy – Kibow

  • Heartfelt condolences to all in the family.

    Snehal

  • With heartfelt condolences. We pray for Revathi’s soul to rest in peace.
    Vaidehi and Kannan

  • Aunty Revathy with all she did will live forever in our hearts. We grieve with you from Cary NC and feel you loss with her passing.
    All our love Aki, Amit, Kazue and Balaji

  • My deepest sorrow of Revethy’ passing. She always have a beautiful smile every time We met her, and she shares her unconditional love and support to everyone. We extend our sincere condolences to her family.
    Sakesun and Joy
    Kibow

  • Dearest Krishna!!!
    I am in great pain and anguish to hear about our beloved friend Revathy 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏
    You both have been part of
    our family!!!
    Please accept our love prayers at this difficult time !!
    Vimala

  • We have fond memories spending good time with Ms. Revathy and will miss her dearly. Her care and love for all friends and relatives will live in the heart of many for several years to come.
    Praying for strength and courage for the entire family during this tough time.

  • Krishna,
    My heart goes out to you and your family. I remember the first time I met you and your wife and the beautiful vibe and love I felt. Stay strong one day at a time! ☮️🙏☯️ Michael ([email protected])

  • Our heartfelt sympathy to Krishna and family on the passing of Revathy, a very loving and special person.
    May her memory be a blessing.

  • My deepest sympathies, praying for you and your family. She was a wonderful woman

  • Revathy aunty, your life is an inspiration and you are a role model for us. You are Saraswati, Laxmi, Durga, Annapurna – All in one. Your sweet smile is forever etched in our memory. Our heartfelt condolences to Uncle Krishna, Anil, Amita and entire family. Om Shanti. 🙏

  • Condolences on passing away of Dear. Revathi. Her smiling face, Activeness and love towards the family members whenever we met at Karki is unforgettable and will be permanent part of our memory. May her soul rest in peace. I pray God to extend all sorts of courage to face the present situation to their family members.

  • Condolences on passing away of Revathi. Her smiling face, activeness and love towards the family members whenever we met at Karki is unforgettable and will be a permanent part of our memory. May her soul rest in peace. I pray God to extend all sorts of courage to face the present situation to her family members.

  • My sincere condolences to Revathy’s family. Revathy was a loved auntie as I was growing up. She will be missed

  • Kamala Sabaa & her whole family express deep sorrow at the demise of our dear Mrs Revathi K Bhat, who was excellent in serving the needy all the time!
    There’s no one to surpass her in her Cooking delicious food- items!!
    We pray to Swami for Her Soul to RIP🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  • So sorry to hear the sad news about Revathy akka. She was like a sister to me when we came to this country she was the only person we knew. She helped our family in so many ways throughout the years and will be missed greatly by everyone who knew her

  • My deepest condolences to Revathy’s immediate and extended family and friends. Rev was one of the warmest and most generous people I’ve ever known, enriching the lives of all around her. With love and blessings, Mary Steiner

  • Revathy aunty ,you hold a special place in our hearts. You loved all of us as your own. We had many fond memories, which we will cherish. You will be missed dearly by everyone at Karki.
    May God give Chikkappa, Anil and Amita the courage to bear the loss.
    Love Shilpa ,Gireesh,Siri and Samhita

  • With our heartfelt condolences we pray for Revathyji soul to rest in peace. She was very sweet and kind to us and we had very special bond and relationship with us when Anil and our daughter got married in 2011
    With our deepest sympathy
    Kanti and Rekha

  • With heartfelt condolences to krishna bhaiya, Anil, Nili , Amita n all in the family. Revathy ji we will be miss u lot. Our friendship was awesome. We wish God give your internal soul rest in piece. !!! 🙏🙏🙏🙏🌷🌷❤️❤️

  • Our heartfelt condolences to the family. But, we remember her as a part of our family as well. Ayya always thought of her as his own younger sister. Rev also felt that Ayya was one of her elder brothers. So, it is huge personal loss for us.

  • Our sweet memories will ever remain with us as fresh as your wonderful personality. The fragrance of your love and affection will be the torch-bearer to proceed in the years ahead of us. It is quite certain that your noble soul now rests in peace at the abode of Lord Govinda. Our heartfelt condolences to all the members of the bereaved family to come out of this grief soon. Raja & family members.

  • She will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time of grief.
    ~ Ravi & Radha

  • Our heartfelt thoughts and condolences in this time of sorrow
    We are sorry for the loss . Aunty has gone out of sight but never from our heart.
    I personally mean aunty for the concern, care and love I experienced when ever I came across her. Am an admire of she and learnt how to lead life full of optimism and will power .

    Veena, vibhav and vidisha will miss her for ever. Our prayer to God to bestow strength and courage to Murthymam and family members

    VINOD

  • Dear Krishna and family,
    I feel blessed to have met Revi. A special lady indeed! Sending you my deepest sympathy. May your endless love and lifelong special memories carry you through these difficult days. God Bless!

  • Our sincere and deepest condolences to the family . We have fond memories . Revathi mami was a wonderful person who I worked with during an auspicious event of Mahalakshmi temple kumbaabhishekam Hindu Temple of Delaware . May her soul RIP.
    Chitra and Krishnan

  • My deepest condolences to the Family.
    Revathy will missed by everyone who knows her.
    I am so glad I visited her 2 weeks ago and spend time with her few hours.
    I will cherish that time.
    She Rest In Peace
    Friend
    Saroja Talasila

  • My dear Krishna and family,
    I can’t believe my dearest friend Revathy is no more. I have known her ever since she arrived in this country. We worked side by side at the University of Pennsylvania Library. She was the most beautiful and generous person I have known. We were not only colleagues but best friends. A big loss for me.
    Please accept my deepest sympathies. May her soul Rest In Peace.
    Warm regards,
    Panna Naik

  • Very sorry to hear the sad news Krishna & will pray for her soul RIIP🙏
    Her service to the community immeasurable & no one can replace Revathy for sure.
    Pray god for all the strength & courage in these difficult times.
    -Anu

  • Many condolences to a wonderful woman and a Fantastic cook!

  • I’m going to miss her
    She treated me just like a son

  • I’ll always cherish the memory of eating your delicious food, and the time spent with you and Krishna. Rest easy Auntie. Love, Aki

  • Revathi had been the matriarch of her family. She had been very active all her life and helping a lot of people along the way. The great memories of Revathi will be with all of us forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this very difficult time.

  • With heartfelt condolences. Am pray for Revathi Amma soul to rest in peace.

    Harish Mysore,India

  • We will never forget aunty’s kindness in coming over on a bus to New York City to see our injured daughter with enough food to feed us for weeks when she could barely walk and was dealing with lot of pain herself. Annapoorani indeed. Our lives are infinitely enriched from knowing her and her goodness and the memories will stay forever – the sense of happy fullness from a hearty meal will always be tied to the Natarajan family in our mind. Prayers for all of you.

  • So sorry for your loss she was a beautiful woman and a great friend i will truly miss her so much

  • We are very saddened by the sudden passing away of our dear friend Revathy. We have known Revathy for a long time; we found her to be very warm, welcoming and hospitable. It is an understatement to say she loved to entertain people with her excellent culinary treats.
    We will surely miss her and she will continue to live in our hearts.

  • Aunty Rev always had a welcoming smile and her love shined through her cooking and hugs. . She’ll be greatly missed. Sending love and prayers to comfort to Uncle, Amita, Anil and the rest of the family and friends. I’m so glad Priya introduced us many years ago.
    Love to you all.

  • We are so saddened and grief stricken by the passing away of our sister Revathy. I had known her since I landed in Phila in 1979. Always treated us as like a family member. Her helping family and friends alike is remarkable. In her passing, family, friends and Indian community had lost a true friend and well wisher. We convey our heart felt condolences to Krishna, Anil and Amitha’s family. Our deepest sympathy and condolences to the entire Natarajan family. The Annapoorani in her will be remembered and cherished for ever by all of us. May her soul Rest In Peace.

  • Sulekha and I are bereft of words to express our sorrow in losing Revathy from our life. We will miss the warm welcome anytime we visited her, whether at home or restaurant. Her extended family always made us feel welcome. May God bless her soul and give her family comfort at this time.

  • Dear Krishna,
    My condolences to you and the extended family at the loss of your beloved. Revathi was a comforting presence to me and other Indian students who attended University of Pennsylvania in the mid 70s. She had a restaurant that served high quality South Indian food which we could not get anywhere else. After she closed the restaurant and started the catering business, my sister and brother-in-law (Vimala and HY Rajagopal) sought her help innumerable times as they were very active in the community. I have long admired Revathi’s wonderful personality. She was kind, gracious, strong, a mentor to her siblings and many others in the community, and generous. Her loss is felt far and wide. I pray for you at this difficult time. May the memories of her comfort you.
    Vasanthi Culleton.

  • I am sorry to hear of the sad new of the
    Passing of Revathy. She was an amazing woman .it was an honor to have been apart of her family.
    With heart felt and condolences to the family.

  • We will miss you ❤️
    Heartfelt condolences
    Om Shanti 🙏

  • On this sad morning Vasantha and I reflect on the impact that Revathy left on us by her unfailingly constant generosity and gentleness throughout her life. We will miss her most for her smile and genuine affection for not just us but also everyone she touched. Our hearts go out to Krishna, her kids, and her immediate family of siblings and relatives.

  • My deepest condolences.
    I have such fond memories of Revathy Atthai that can’t be expressed in words. Atthai will always reside in my heart. Will terribly miss her, her calls, her addressing me as Rajappa, Kannappa etc. Can never forget the helping hand that Atthai extended.
    Praying for her soul to be at peace.
    May we all get the strength to face this time of grief.

  • My heartfelt condolences to our dearest revathy aunty💕…!🙏🙏🙏🙏🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹..!

  • When we think of you all we remember is your smile,affection and unconditional love. We will always cherish the happy times we had together on many occasions. Now you are without pain as you join your siblings in the heaven. May your soul Rest In Peace. ❤️🙏

  • Farewell Revathy! While on earth, you showered love and care on all of us. You left Krishna to merge with Govinda! Every time we have Darshan of Govinda, we will see you in him. As Anil aptly put it, we will meet again and till then we will live the wonderful memories of your life with us all!
    Your Anu Manni and CP anna

  • To Anil, Nili and the entire family,

    Please accept our most sincere condolences for aunt Revathy’s passing. Despite not having the chance to meet her we deeply mourn the loss of the amazing person she was and hope you find comfort in the beautiful legacy she leaves behind. May God rest her soul in peace and grant you all patience, strength and tranquility, amen.

  • My deepest respect for Revathy, who has touched so many lives. Heartfelt condolences to the family. Anil and Amita sure she would be proud of you both.

  • My heartfelt condolences. Jyothi, uma and mohan all join me in sending their condolences. Whenever we visitedPhiladelphia, Revathy athai used to entertain us and extend hospitality. Golden memories. Revathy athai is in our heart. We will pray for her. 🙏🙏

  • We have known Revathy 50 years, since the days on 40th St when she presided over our favorite restaurant with exceptional warmth and intelligence, and later as a colleague at Penn. Our sincerest sympathies to her wonderful family; she was an amazing woman who impressed everyone who knew her.

  • A fitting obituary. A good life is a life fully of Goodness. Revathi’s life was one such on this earth. I am sure Govinda,her life long companion will be very happy to have her company continue in Vaikundam. We will cherish the very pleasant and memories that she had left behind for us.

  • Dear Krishna,

    Deeply saddened by this unfortunate departure of most Loved person, a great disciple of Govinda…

    Her unconditional Love for others enabled her to dedicate her Life and lived for others, which is truely remarkable and a testimony of how a Life ought to be Lived.

    She will be a beacon of Love for ever.

    May Her Noble Soul Rest in Eternal Peace.

    Gopus
    Cochin, India

  • We pray for our beloved Revathy Atthai’s soul to Rest In Peace and May lord Govinda shower his unparalleled grace on her soul and the surviving family. Sending prayers from Norway.
    Uma (grand daughter of Mani uncle) and her hubby Chandrakaanth