|Birth: ||Oct. 12, 1907|
|Death: ||Nov. 8, 2003|
Virginian-Pilot, The (Norfolk, VA) - Thursday, November 13, 2003
Marika Loukides Damergis , beloved mother, grandmother, great- grandmother and sister went home to be with the Lord Nov. 8, 2003.
Born Oct. 12, 1907, in Guzelyurt, Cappadocia, in Turkey, Marika came to the United States in 1929 with her husband Michael and settled in New Bedford, Mass. During the Depression, she and her family moved to New York and ultimately opened a restaurant in the South Bronx. Marika and Michael were partners in the restaurant as well as at home. She lived in New York for 60 years where she was not only mom but "yiayia" to all of her many grandchildren.
Marika was heavily involved in the Zoodohos Peghe Church where she would donate many hours making koliva for the memorial services in the community. After moving to Virginia, she became very helpful in the Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Norfolk, particularly during Bazaar time where she was often seen making Lokoumathes. She particularly en- joyed her service to St. Nicholas with the ladies Philoptohos Society where she was always present for baking days. Yiayia will always be remembered for her intuitive sayings and her great Turkish and Greek delights that she passed down to her family. She always had a soft place in her heart each time a new grandchild and great- grandchild was born.
She was predeceased by her husband, Michael and leaves behind her daughter, Elizabeth and husband, Constantine of Ashland, Va., George Damergis and wife, Hope of Virginia Beach and John A. Damergis and wife, Helen of Willowbrook, Ill. Her grandchildren include, Christopher Patselas and Jennifer, Timothy Patselas and Paula, Marianne Albert and Gregory, Michael, Anna, Eleni and Angela Damergis , Jackie, Jennifer and Michael Damergis ; and seven great-grandchildren, Kasianne, Austin, Lydia, Nicole, Giselle, Juliana and Chrysanthe. She will be missed by her sisters, Anthoulla Atlamazoglou and Evthalia Joakimidou and brother, Hippocrates Loukides of Greece; as well as many relatives who were very special to her.
A Trisayion prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at Maestas Funeral Home, located at 18th and Baltic Avenue (1801) in Virginia Beach. The memorial service will be held at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church with Fr. Savvas Constantinou officiating on Saturday at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Forrest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk. A reception following will be held at St. Nicholas. Donations may be made in Marikas name to the Philoptohos Society of St. Nicholas, 621 First Colonial Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23451.
Forest Lawn Cemetery
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