Maroulla "Mary" Louka
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Maroulla "Mary" Louka, a native of Cyprus and a longtime resident of Virginia Beach, died November 3, 2020, after a 15-year battle with Alzheimer's disease. At the time of her death, Mrs. Louka was living in Virginia Beach Healthcare and Rehabilitation on Camelot Drive. She was 91.

Mrs. Louka was born in Sysklipos, a small village in the Kyrenia District of Northern Cyprus. She came to America in 1952 aboard the SS Independence, a passenger ship that regularly sailed from New York to Mediterranean ports. In New York City, she joined two older brothers and found employment in the garment industry. After several years, Mrs. Louka moved to Toledo, Ohio, where she married Ioannis "John" Louka, a fellow Cypriot.

In 1971, the Loukas moved to Virginia Beach, where they owned Johnny's Hot Dogs in London Bridge Shopping Center. After the business was sold, Mrs. Louka worked as a seamstress for various businesses including Margot's on Laskin Road, Cage on Pacific Avenue and Peoples Cleaners at Hilltop.

Mrs. Louka was Greek Orthodox.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Anastasia and Christodoulos Kamenos, both of whom disappeared during the 1974 invasion of Cyprus by Turkey. Their bodies have never been recovered. Also deceased is her husband, John; a son, Andrew Louka; four brothers and a sister.

Survivors include a daughter, Loukia Borrell and her husband, Gordon, of Portsmouth; three grandchildren, Nicola Borrell of Richmond, Val Borrell and Domino Borrell, both of Portsmouth; and two sisters, Themi Kounouklos of Midland Park, N.J., and Sofoula Hadjisofocli of Cyprus.

All services were private. The family would like to thank the Unit 2 nursing staff at Virginia Beach Healthcare for their devoted care of Mrs. Louka.

H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments, Laskin Road, handled arrangements. Online condolences may be offered to the family at

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Published in The Virginian-Pilot on Nov. 11, 2020.
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November 12, 2020
Thinking about you Loukia in the loss of your mom. Knowing you, you loved her well every day. Blessings to you your family. Tracy(Elon)
November 11, 2020
My husband and I have known Maroulla for 60 years. She was integral to us when we first arrived in Toledo with our house search, babysitting, and recommendations for practically everything we needed. She made our transition to Toledo go as smoothly as possible. Our children grew up together until the Louka Family moved to VA, and we remained in touch. She was a lovely and kind friend. May her memory be eternal.
George&Dawn Anagnos
November 11, 2020
Loukia, my mother Mildred and I want to send our condolences to you and your family. Your mom's photo brings back childhood memories that include your brother. May her memory be eternal.
Greg Andrews
November 11, 2020
Loukia your brother Andy and I were friends. I never met your Mother but want to send my condolences to you. Memory Eternal to Maroulla. Best Regards John Hadjikakos
john k hadjikakos
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