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Doctor remembered for kindness, garden skills

Joe Napsha
| Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, 11:00 p.m.

Dr. Shadiye Cebeci Al-Mallah was a longtime obstetrician in Mt. Pleasant who loved serving her patients and was tireless in maintaining her patient-doctor relationships.

“She was so passionate about medicine and caring for her patients. She got to know her patients and would stay with them all night long” to deliver their baby, said her son-in-law, Dr. Murat Bankaci of Greensburg.

She practiced about 30 years before retiring at the turn of the century to take care of her husband of 52 years, the late Dr. Ahmad Y. Al-Mallah.

Dr. Shadiye Cebeci Al-Mallah, 86, died from a cerebral hemorrhage on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in her home in Port Charlotte, Fla.

She was born Aug. 26, 1929, in Istanbul, Turkey, a daughter of the late Ali and Gulhanim Cebeci.

Gender discrimination was not a problem for women in Turkey who wanted to pursue a professional career, Dr. Bankaci said.

“From day one, she wanted to be a doctor,” Dr. Bankaci said.

Dr. Al-Mallah graduated from the Medical School of the University of Istanbul, where she met her husband. In the late 1950s, the couple moved to Pittsburgh, where she served her residency in obstetrics and gynecology and he became a general surgeon.

They moved to Mt. Pleasant because they wanted to live in a small community and there was a need for physicians, Dr. Bankaci said. She was a member of the medical staff of Excela Health Frick Hospital in Mt. Pleasant and Excela Health West-moreland Hospital in Greensburg.

In 1971, she befriended a young doctor from Baltimore, Dr. Ali Aboosi, who came to Mt. Pleasant at her request. He recalled that the Al-Mallahs assisted him when he came to the community and supported his work.

“She was so kind and a wonderful person,” Dr. Aboosi said.

Dr. Aboosi said that Dr. Al-Mallah “helped a lot of needy people,” providing care when they did not have health insurance coverage.

When she wasn't taking care of patients, she was tending to her floral garden and yard, Dr. Bankaci said.

“She was an immaculate gardener” whose home was a stop on garden tours, Dr. Bankaci said. “That was her relaxation,” he added.

In addition to her husband, who died in February 2007, she was preceded in death by her brother, Himmet Cebeci.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Nejla and Dr. Murat Bankaci of Greensburg; two sons, Dr. Omar F. Al-Mallah of Toms River, N.J., and Yousif Ali Al-Mallah, of Cape Coral, Fla.; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and a brother, Fikret Cebeci of Istanbul.

Friends will be received from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday in Frank Kapr Funeral Home, 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. Funeral prayers will be recited at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by graveside services in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Pennsville.

Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-5252 or jnapsha@tribweb.com.

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