Kiki Carras George

Kiki Carras George

Kiki passed away peacefully into God's hands at home August 16, 2013, surrounded by all her family. She was born June 4, 1929 to George & Eugenia "Nena" Carras in Seattle and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1947. Kiki and the love of her life Dan, just celebrated their 65th anniversary. They raised their family in Wedgwood and retired to Whidbey Island in 1982, where they enjoyed hosting family and friends at "The Beach" every summer. She enjoyed spending hours in her garden and was very proud of her beautiful flowers. She was extremely knowledgeable about current events. She never missed a day of reading the newspaper from cover to cover. This was obvious if you were around while she was watching Jeopardy or doing her daily crossword puzzle.

She was the quintessential grandmother and she always had 4 things for the grandkids-hugs, kisses, cookies and kasseri. She left a meaningful mark on every life she touched, especially her grandchildren's.

Dan - "Yiayia will always be "The Beach" to me. I spent the best part of my childhood there. My favorite memories as a kid were there and she played a big part in them. Any beach I walk on will always remind me of Yiayia

Matthew - "Waffles will always remind me of Yiayia. I remember how she made sure the syrup was heated just perfect, especially when it was cold out of the fridge."

Brandon - "Yiayia loved to entertain family, friends and neighbors. She always had cookies for visiting kids and treats for neighboring dogs. She routinely gave a friendly wave to people walking on the beach even if she didn't know them."

Nicole - "I remember Yiayia always let me lick the brownie or cake batter off the spoon whenever she was baking and she always had treats."

Jeff - "Yiayia didn't spoil us like grandchildren, she loved us like we were her own children."

Gina - "Yiayia always took great care to make sure everything in her life was orderly and beautiful."

She was a long time member of the St Demetrios Philoptochos Guild and the Marilyn K Snow Cerebral Palsy Unit. She had a passion for bowling and was on a Wednesday league for 45 years and she and Dan bowled on evening leagues for many years.

Kiki is survived by her husband Dan, sister Babe Carras, daughters Connie Marble, Danielle Griffith and husband Bob, grandchildren, Dan Marble (Jessica), Brandon Marble, Jeff Comstock (Katie), Matthew Griffith (Katie), Nicole Noyola (Leo), Gina Cole (Sean) and great-grandchildren Logan, Delaney, Bennet, Victoria, Henry and Caz, sister-in-law Gloria Carras and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her daughter Debbie Comstock, son-in-law Brent Comstock and brother Nick G Carras.

We would also like to thank her exceptional caregivers Bonnie, Asya, Hilina, Cherri and especially her grandchildren Nicole & Jessica. They have been amazing and given her many hours of love and care. Her presence will be greatly missed and memories she made will be forever cherished by her family and friends.

As we read this she is finishing one last crossword puzzle about her life. There is one more answer to fill in - 22 across. The answer finally comes to her and she gets a huge smile of satisfaction and carefully writes it in. She is surrounded at the table by all her loved ones that had gone before her. They are settling in to chat. They have a lot of catching up to do. She glances back at the answer and grins. It reads "I WAS LOVED".

Services will be held at St Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2100 Boyer Ave E, Seattle at 11:00 a.m. August 27. Interment will follow at Evergreen Washelli. In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to St Demetrios Church, Camp Agape or Evergreen Hospice.

Please visit Kiki's guestbook and photos www.washelli.com.

Published in The Seattle Times from Aug. 23 to Aug. 25, 2013