Usha H. Modi

01/15/1942 ~


Usha was a 5′ tiny fireball of a woman whose presence made everyone who met her feel comfortable and special. Her energy and smile will be remembered and felt by her family, longtime friends as well as those that met her briefly. She radiated a beautiful warmth that made everyone always feel welcome.

She came from India to the United States in 1971 at the age of 29 and made friends immediately. She learned how to drive, began making American food with an Indian twist and took on her new life with grace and strength.

Usha loved entertaining and laughing and feeding her friends and family. Her backyard parties were filled with laughter, music, lots of food and late-night card playing with tea being served at 1 am. Seeing others happy and laughing created joy for her, it was that simple for her.

Years later, she turned this passion into a thriving business. Known for her amazing samosas throughout Atlanta, Usha made her dream a reality in 1989 and she and her husband, Harshad, opened Indian Delights — the first Indian vegetarian restaurant in the Southeast.

What everyone remembers about this “beautiful soul of a woman” is her tenacity, sparkle and that she treated people as if she had known them forever. There was never a stranger in her midst and so no wonder when the family announced her passing, almost every person referred to her as their best friend. Her smile and energy and love for others was magical to the end.

And the bigger love beyond the food, parties and restaurant was her adoration of her family. Her husband, daughters and six grandkids were her life. Nothing made her smile more than to feed the birds with her grandchildren or stuff their faces with food during her afternoon cha.

Usha passed away on February 27th with that same love around her. And so, we honor her beautiful soul and presence in this world as there’s a bright new star in the heavens and every one that knew her can feel it. Of this, we are sure.

In loving memory of Usha Modi, January 15, 1942 – February 27, 2022. The most amazing mother three daughters could have, a loving and adoring wife, a grandma that lived and breathed her grandkids and a woman whose heart and smile impacted everyone who met her.

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Service Information

Prayer service will be held at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, March 3, 2022 at Darst Funeral Home Garden.

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5 thoughts on “Usha H. Modi”

  1. Sending so much love to you all. Usha will always be remembered in each of you…what an incredible legacy of special people she created.

  2. What a wonderful tribute to an amazing woman. I am so sorry for your loss as I know this is a difficult time for you all.
    I am thankful that all of Usha’s daughter’s were able to be with her until the end. My heart and thoughts are with you all. Love the Eaton/ Gerlach’s

  3. The Bishota Family

    What a gift she was. I’m so blessed to have met Ms Usha. She really was a beautiful and kind soul. We send our sincerest love and support to you from the Bishota family in Chicagoland. Big hugs!!

  4. Marian Ripley

    She was always smiling and always so sweet to me when I came over to be with Binita. She was an amazing person who did light up a room. My love of Indian food is definitely attributed to her. My heart goes out to all of you. Blessings to all.

  5. Hansa And Suryakant Shah

    It was such a pleasure to know Ushaben for so long. We met them in around 1979 and the Modi family is our friend since then. she was always smiling and loving. she will be remembered forever by all who came to know her. We pray for her restful place with almighty. Also pray for strength for Modi family in their loss of dear member.

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