Bannūrah Ayyūb-Dāhir from Kafr 'Abaida, Lebanon was travelling to Columbus, USA to join her uncle in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada. She did not know or understand English and left her parents behind in Lebanon.
She boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg as a third class passenger (ticket number 2687, £7 4s 7d) with the cousins Shawneene George/Joseph, Tannous J. Thomas, Gerios Yousseff and Tannous Doharr. The rest of the group were bound for Youngstown. Ohio.
When the Titanic hit the iceberg, Bannūrah was below deck with the other third class passengers. It was only after some first class passengers came below deck urging the women and children to leave that Shawnee Abi Saab (Mrs. George Joseph Whabee) took her by the hand and went to the main deck and ultimately to Collapsible Lifeboat C. Bannūrah's three male cousins remained on board the Titanic and perished in the disaster.
Bannūrah eventually made it to her Uncle's home in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada only to be turned away by her distraught Uncle. He would not allow her to stay with him after his son died.
Bannūrah was taken in by another woman who had immigrated from Lebanon earlier, and met the man she was to marry. Bannūrah married Michael Deyoub, who himself had immigrated from Tripoli, Syria on 9 September, 1912, just short of five months after the Titanic met it's fate. Bannūrah was still only 14 years old at this time and Michael Deyoub was 26. While living in Owen Sound, Bannūrah and Michael had two children, Mary and George.
Michael and Bannūrah moved to Detroit, Michigan where Michael was employed at Ford Motor Company's Rouge Assembly Plant. Michael and Bannūrah had five more children in Detroit, Peter, John, Ferris, Margaret and Sarah.
She never returned to Lebanon or saw her parents and despite her experience on the Titanic she loved boating. She also was a gutsy lady. Her husband, Michael, while working at Ford Motor Company's Rouge Assembly Plant, received a cash envelope with his pay for the week. One week Michael came home without his pay, having gambled it away. Bannūrah got on a bus, went down to Ford's Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan and told her complaint to Henry Ford himself. From that day forward all subsequent pay envelopes were sent directly to her instead of being given to her husband. Michael's days as a Gambler were over.
Michael passed prior to 1970 and Bannūrah died on 3 December, 1970 in Detroit.