Mary Xynos Theodore (1922 - 2014)

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Mary Xynos Theodore

PORTSMOUTH - Mary Xynos Theodore died with dignity, courage, and generosity on Sunday evening, March 16th in hospice care at the Mark Wentworth Home and attended by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Mary was born on March 12, 1922 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Panayiotis and Panayiota (Florou) Xynos. She lost her mother when she was five years old and when she was twelve was lovingly embraced into the Papageorge and Topitzes family of Milwaukee. She was married to Peter J. Theodore in New York City in 1941 and was his devoted wife and partner for 59 years, supporting him through his long battle with Parkinson's until he died at the Mark Wentworth Home in 2000.

She leaves her three children, Peter G., Deborah, and Jason, their children Anna, Desiree, Melanie, Matthew, and Sofia, and five great grandchildren, Gage, Hunter, Paris, Theo, and Ava, as well as her loving daughter-in-law Barbara Theodore and son-in-law Steffen Pierce.

Mary had a lifelong love and interest in literature, philosophy, and film. She and Peter traveled extensively and lived for some time in Japan, France, Spain, California, and Hartford, Conn. Mary completed her undergraduate degree in Literature and Philosophy at Central Connecticut State College in 1978. Relocating to Dover, in 1986, Mary joined the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church and served as President of the Alcestis Club there. A stroke when she was 76 changed the quality of her life significantly but she developed a sense of humor and a spiritual life that continued to make her an even more positive force for good in the lives of her family, her friends, and all of the people she came in contact with right up to the end of her life.

The family is grateful to all of those people known and unknown to us who befriended our mother, appreciated her, loved her, cared for her, and made her laugh. Mary never learned to swim or to ride a bicycle but she could raise her right eyebrow and communicate volumes with a single, well-chosen word. We will all miss her deeply and continue to learn from her example - a tough act to follow. Those who knew and loved her will never forget her.

The funeral will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church 93 Locust St. Burial will follow in the Annunciation Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name may be made to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 93 Locust St. Dover, N.H. 03820.

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Published in Fosters from Mar. 18 to Mar. 21, 2014
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