Mary Kanaky Scolinos

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Scolinos, Mary Kanaky

Mary Kanaky Scolinos passed away peacefully at her home in San Gabriel, CA on April 16, 2014, just shy of her 97th birthday. Beloved Wife, Mother and Yaya, she was treasured deeply by her family and friends. She left her fingerprints upon all our hearts. Her sparkle and enthusiasm for life were irrepressible. Born on May 17, 1917 in Los Angeles, CA, Mary was the firstborn child to Greek Immigrant parents, Harry and Rose Kanaky. She adored her two younger sisters, Mena and Phyllis. The Kanaky family was active in the San Julian Street Greek Orthodox Church and the tight knit Los Angeles Greek community. Mary embraced her faith and her heritage throughout her life. Mary graduated with High Honors in 1936 from John C. Fremont High School and received the American Legion Americanism Award for Honor, Courage, Character and Scholarship. She was truly a lifelong learner and attending classes into her 90s. She fell in love and married Peter Scolinos in 1940. They raised three children - Mariann, Harry and John. They were married 62 years before Pete died in 2003.Mary was truly a Renaissance woman. She could operate a power drill as comfortably as slipping into a dress and high heels and hosting a dinner party. Confidence and grace were woven into the fabric of who she was.
Mary loved and delighted in her family, with whom she gave so freely of herself. She cherished her children, ten grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, and delighted in spending time with them. "How blessed we are!" she often said, and indeed, we were.She had that special quality of imparting great worth to those around her by giving them her undivided attention and focus. She shared much wisdom, wit and encouragement across her small kitchen table to family and friends.We were all so very blessed to have called her Mother, Yaya, and Friend. She was simply one amazing woman and we will miss her so very muchShe is survived by her three children: Mariann Scolinos, Harry (Connie) Scolinos, and John (Linda) Scolinos and their families.
Services will be held at St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Church, 778 South Rosemead Blvd Pasadena. The Trisagion service will be Wednesday, April 23rd, 7:00 p.m. The Funeral will be Thursday, April 24, 11:00 a.m.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Philoptochos Society of St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Church. Email condolences to (855) 628-0447. Terry & Mary Harmon, Directors.
Published in Pasadena Star-News on Apr. 20, 2014
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