Mary D. Pappas CHARLOTTE - Mary D. Pappas passed away on Friday, October 11, 2013, surrounded by her family and friends. She was born in Henderson, North Carolina, on July 30, 1926, to her parents, Andrew and Alexandra Diamonduros. In 1942, the family moved to Charlotte where Mary attended and graduated from Harding High School. Mary attended Charlotte Beauty College, the Stone School of Class and Modeling and Charles of the Ritz School for Advanced Hair Styling in New York. She became active in modeling and fashion and worked for many years as a stylist at Myers Park Beauty Salon. In April of 1960, she married Thomas Peter Pappas from Rock Hill. From that point she became a full-time homemaker as they started their family with the birth of their two children, Peter and Sissy. Mary was a devoted mother and wife and loved sharing her home and cooking skills with family and friends. After her husband's passing in 1978, she continued her love of fashion with a new career in merchandising at the Couture Department in Montaldo's, Coplan's, the Orchid Shop, and Paul Simon for Women. She filled her spare time with travel and took pleasure in attending the opera and symphony. She was an active member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, and a part of several charitable and civic organizations including the Estia Club, Philoptochos, the Daughters of Penelope and the Good Friends. Retirement gave her the opportunity to spend more time with close childhood friends, nieces, nephews, and her grandson, Thomas, who was the highlight of her day. She had three wonderful godchildren, SuSu Peterson, Kim Pappas and Andy Diamonduros. She is survived by her son, Peter A. Pappas and wife, Claire; daughter, Sissy; grandchildren, Thomas, Ashley, Anna and Catherine; sister, Helen D. Mandas , all of Charlotte; brother, Bill Diamonduros and sister-in-law, Neily Pappas, both of Rock Hill, SC, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Peter Pappas, and brothers, Nick and Jimmy Diamonduros. The family would like to thank Candice White and the staff at The Summit Place for their kind and loving care during her last years. They would also like to thank Dr. Marvin Shapiro, her many specialists and the doctors and staff at Carolinas Medical Center. The family will receive visitors at the home of Peter and Claire Pappas at 7500 Baltusrol Lane from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 13, 2013. Funeral service for Mrs. Pappas will be held on Monday, October 14, 2013, at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 600 East Boulevard at 10:30 a.m. followed by a luncheon at the church. Pallbearers are Chris Copsis, Andy Diamonduros, Brier Gay, Cliff McGinnis, Drew Pappas, Perry Pappas, Peter B. Pappas and Danny Saunders. Honorary Pallbearers are Harold Andrews, Jimmy Cavalaris, Tommy Cavalaris, Andy Dulin, Steve Emmanuel, Todd Houser, George Leventis, Dr. Sam Kleitches, Alex McNair, George J. Miller, George Plumides, and Brian Roth. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral Foundation, 600 East Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28203 and the
of Charlotte at 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215. Arrangements are in the care of Hankins & Whittington Funeral Service, 1111 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC. Please share condolences online at www.hankinsandwhittington.com.
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Published in Charlotte Observer from Oct. 12 to Oct. 14, 2013