|Birth: ||Oct. 26, 1924|
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
|Death: ||Aug. 22, 2003|
North Carolina, USA
Gene was the daughter of Fred & Lottie Gibson Storrs (also buried in Price City Cemetery). She spent her early years in Price, moving to Provo for her teenage years. She graduated from Provo High School and attended BYU. She worked at Fort Douglas in Salt Lake City during World War II. She married Luke G. Pappas May 15, 1949 in Price. She and Luke had two daughters and twin grandsons.
- GENE STORRS PAPPAS "Grammy"
Today our sun will shine a little less brightly, and there is aching in our hearts and souls. But a man who has waited patiently for nine years, must wait no more. On Aug 22, 2003, our beloved mother and grammy, Glenna Gene Storrs Pappas, joined her beloved husband, and they are both complete again.
Gene S. Pappas (she never liked, nor used Glenna) was born Oct 26th. The year of her birth is a little less certain. She placed it at 1923, but older siblings and family genealogy like 1924 better. She was born in Salt Lake City, UT the sixth of seven children born to Fred and Lottie Storrs. She was reared in Price, UT until her mother died, then her father moved the family to Provo, UT. She graduated from Provo High School in 1942, and attended Brigham Young University for two years. These were the years of Wold War II, and she left school to work in Salt Lake City at Fort Douglas when the Presidio was moved there from San Francisco. When the war ended she chose to stay in Utah. She returned to Price to work, but shortly afterwards she was a passenger in a horrible car accident. The two people with her were killed, and Mama's philosophy became that she had survived "for a reason." Her struggle to first live and then recover took a year, and she displayed the steely determination that was such a part of her nature, She first returned to work at First National Bank and then became a stenographer for attorney A. John Ruggeri. It was during her employment there that a young attorney, newly home from the war, walked into her life and her heart,. She had known him, or of him, as there was a six-year age difference, from her childhood in Price. But from the moment Luke G. Pappas walked into that office, she knew what her "reason" for survival had been. Theirs was a love that defied the conventions of that time (1947) as she was a Mormon woman of old pioneer stock and he was the son of Greek immigrants. Mama used to say that Papa "hid" her for two years. Papa would reply that she kept "stepping in front of his car, and he either had to marry her or run over her." Marry her he did. On May 15, 1949, in spite of family wishes and social mores, they were joined in marriage at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Price, UT. From that point on, they were a team. Not always a "quiet" team, given the different cultures and and the Greek versus Irish temperments, but an inseparable team just the same. She worked for a number of years in his law office and volunteered as a type teacher for Notre Dame School. But her defining roles in life were always wife, mother and grammy. Through the years of a life-time, the two of them moved from Gene and Luke, to Mama and Papa, to Grammy and Poo-ee --- Always point and counterpoint. They cherished their two daughters and words are inadequate to describe their feelings for their twin grandsons. Then on a March day in 1994.... the unbelievable but inevitable...Papa had to leave. Separated after 47 years, by the only thing that could separate them, Papa began his patient wait. Mama struggled on alone to complete the "instructions" he had given her. He told her to see that their grandsons got an education. In May 2002, their grandsons graduated Magna Cum Laude and Suma Cum Laude from Luke's alma mater, the University of Utah. Now, with work complete and lives complete, Gene and Luke hold each other once again. Those of us left behind, who miss them so much, also know, undeniably, that there is a might team of two who will love, guide, and protect us every day for the rest of our lives.
Those who now "wait" behind include cherished daughters, Joane Pappas White, Price, UT, Lucia Pappas Finley, Raleigh, NC; beloved twin grandsons, Ethan Finley, Raleigh, NC, Ian Luke Finley, New York, NY; special grandson, Todd Gaskin, Imperial County, CA; and Gene's adored sisters, Irma Judd, Edna Thompson, Helen Cluff and Nan Baker. Gene is now with her parents; brother, Art; sister, Donna; and son-in-law, Brian White. Please "wait" for us.
Trisagion service will be at Mitchell Funeral Home, 233 E. Main, Price, UT Wed. Aug 27, 7 p.m. A tribute and Orthodox prayers at Mitchell's Thurs. Aug 28, 12 noon. Burial, Price City Cemetery, where Gene will rest once more beside her beloved Luke.
-published Deseret Morning News, Monday, Aug. 25, 2003
Fred Oakley Storrs (1894 - 1965)
Adda Lottie Gibson Storrs (1892 - 1935)
Luke Gust Pappas (1917 - 1994)
Lydia Donna Storrs Curtis (1915 - 2001)*
Irma Ruth Storrs Judd (1916 - 2007)*
George Arthur Storrs (1918 - 1997)*
Glenna Gene Storrs Pappas (1924 - 2003)
NanaDale Nannette Storrs Baker (1930 - 2009)*
Price City Cemetery
Created by: L. Finley
Record added: Nov 08, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31235575
Just stopped by today to say I was thinking of you. Miss you Momma. JoaneMae|
Joane Pappas White
Added: Aug. 18, 2014
Happy Mother's Day Momma -- Miss you very much. Just wanted you to know that I was thinking of you today.JoaneMae|
Joane Pappas White
Added: May. 11, 2014
Christos Anesti, Mama.|
Added: Apr. 20, 2014
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