Toula Avramis 82, died peacefully in Tucson Saturday, May 1, 2010 surrounded by her loving family and friends. Toula was born in Koroni, Greece January 1928, daughter of Panayiotis and Stavroula (Moudakis) Troupis. She was one of seven children who lived under the Nazi occupation before coming to America at the age of 18. Her uncle, Fr. Anthony Sipsas, introduced her to a first generation Greek-American serviceman in Phoenix AZ, and in 1948, she married Christopher Avramis. Christopher's Air Force career took them to Galveston TX, Tucson AZ, Morrocco Africa and Lompoc CA. Chris and Toula had two sons and settled in Tucson where they raised their family. Toula was an active member of the Greek community in Tucson and St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. She was a longtime member of the church choir and Philoptochos Society, in which she served as a prior president. She also worked tirelessly at the church's Greek festival for many years. Toula was known for her love of family, and was cherished among her many friends. In the early 1990s, she completed her and Christopher's lifelong dream of designing and building a new home. Her home was always open to friends and family, and she loved to cook and entertain. Toula always took care of others before she took care of herself, and gave her entire life to raising and caring for her family. Toula was warm-hearted and had a wonderful sense of humor. She always wore a smile. She was preceded in death by her husband Christopher in 1985, and her brothers Spyros and Nikos Troupis. She is survived by two sons, Jim Avramis (Marilyn) of California and Fr. Tom Avramis (Lisa) of California; four grandchildren, Toula Gross (Brian), Christopher Avramis (Amy), Alethea Avramis, and Stefan Avramis; and three great-grandchildren: Christopher Avramis, Jazmine Avramis, and James Gross; and four siblings: Eleni Sgourdos, Irini Plessas, Christos Troupis, and Dionysios Troupis, all of Athens, Greece. A Trisagion Service will be held on Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. and a Funeral Service on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church located at 1145 E. Fort Lowell Rd. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, 3015 N. Oracle Rd. In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions can be made to St. Demetrios Church Choir. Arrangements entrusted to ANGEL VALLEY FUNERAL HOME, 520-327-6341.
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on May 4, 2010