Jamie Votsis Paulos
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1973 ~ 2012
In loving memory of Jamie Votsis Paulos, age 39, who passed away on October 12, 2012 while waiting for a liver transplant.
Jamie was born August 18, 1973 in Salt Lake City, UT to Apostolos and Elpitha Votsis. She married Bill Paulos in Salt Lake City, UT on February 17, 1996.
After graduating from Highland High School, Jamie attended the University of Utah, graduating with a BS degree in Elementary Education. She began an 18 year career as a devoted teacher at Riverton Elementary. Her dedication and concern for her students endeared her to many children and their parents. They often returned to her classroom to express their gratitude years later after graduation.
Jamie was a member of the Greek Orthodox Church and was devoted to her Faith, her Family, and her Greek Heritage.
She was a loving wife to her husband and wonderful mother to her two adorable children Yanni and Elpitha. Jamie was very creative with everything she did. She loved to scrapbook and enjoyed entertaining. She enjoyed watching her kids play sports and loved spending time with her sisters and friends.
Despite everything Jamie endured with her health, she never complained or felt sorry for herself; instead living her life with grace and courage. She leaves a void in the lives of all that knew her and will be missed dearly.
Jamie is survived by her loving husband, Bill; son, Yanni; daughter, Elpitha; parents, Apostolos and Elpitha Votsis; sisters, Joy (Todd) Kapos, Angie (Steve) Hillas; mother-in-law Sofia Paulos, brother-in-law, Ted Paulos; sister-in-law, Stacy (George) Kournianos; nieces and nephews, John and Elpitha Kapos, Yanni, Apostoli and Nikolas Hillas, Anthony and Sophia Kournianos; grandparents, Joseph and Evangelia Sifantonakis; uncle, Jim (Katina) Sifantonakis; aunt Maria Katsanevas and cousins Elpitha (George), Sifi, Eva, Yanni, Katerina, Angie, and many aunts, uncles and cousins in Greece.
"Mama, we love you and will miss you very much" Yanni and Elpitha
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral 279 South 300 West, Salt Lake City, Utah. On Monday, October 15, there will be a viewing at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral from 6-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Interment to follow funeral services at Mt. Olivet, 1342 East 500 South.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Greek Orthodox Church of Salt Lake City.
"May her memory be eternal."


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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune from Oct. 14 to Oct. 15, 2012.
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October 22, 2012
Jamie will forever be in my memory. I always think of her when I think about Greek dance, Greek school and Sunday School. She was such a sweet person. May God grant you peace.
Eleni Stratigeas
October 22, 2012
I was searching for someone else's obituary when I happened to see this one for Jamie. Jamie and Angie were in my high school Spanish class and Joy was a good friend of mine. Jamie was always so happy and funny. I am so sorry for your loss! Wishing you peace and comfort at this difficult time.
Tammy McPheeters Payne
October 21, 2012
thank you for being my forth grade teacher you will always be in my heart
love you so much
sienna szugye
October 19, 2012
Jamie was a dear friend of mine in school, and I remember her very fondly. I was very sorry to hear of her passing. My deepest sympathy to her family at this time.
Jodi Robison-Bingham
October 17, 2012
To the Paulos, Votsis and Sifantonakis families:

The loss of Jamie has weighed heavily on the whole community. Jamie and your entire family is much respected and admired as evidenced from the multitude of people who attended Jamie's funeral and viewing. May God strenghen you as you cope with the heartbreak of losing a loved one, especially one so young with so much to offer. I am confident your faith and family cohesiveness will eventually bring healing. May Her Memory be Eternal!
Chuck Karpakis
October 17, 2012
I am so sorry to hear about Jamie's passing. What a courageous and wonderful woman. My prayers are with you. May her memory be eternal.

Saunee Cairo
October 17, 2012
Dear Elpitha, Bill and family. I am so sorry to hear of Jamie's passing. I remember when Bill got the call about being a new daddy and rushing to get Jamie for the most wonderful trip of their life. To bring home their beautiful son. There are no words but please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless.
Rhonda Drake
October 16, 2012
We are very sad to hear about Jamie. May her memory be eternal. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. In Christ's love, Fr. Joseph, Presvytera Ranae (Zervos), and Yianni Strzelecki
Strzelecki Family
October 16, 2012
I was one of the nurses who took care of Jamie. I only knew her a few days but was so inspired by her strength, courage and good attitude. I was so sad when I read her obituary today. May God bless all of her loved ones, especially her dear children.
Becky
October 16, 2012
My deepest sympathy. May her memory be Eternal!
Mary Vasilacopulos
October 16, 2012
Dear Paul, Elpitha and family,
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Frederick Gabriel
October 16, 2012
My heart goes out the Votsis family....
John Tsilis
October 16, 2012
I remember when our son Edison told us that he likes you and we asked why?. He said you are nice and knowing our son can have hard time in school, we knew then that you are one of the wonderful teacher our son had. Thank you so much for your patience and encouragement you gave our son. Edison was so proud that you had a good laugh after reading his book he wrote in 3rd grade. Our condolence to your family.
Darren/Becky Morrow
October 15, 2012
To all of Jamie's family,
Our deepest and most heartfelt condolences. You will remain in our thoughts and prayers, and we hope you can take comfort in knowing Jamie touched so many lives and was so well thought of. May her memory be eternal.

Neal, Dessie and family
October 15, 2012
Dear Bill and Elpitha,

I am saddened to hear of Jamie's passing. I want to express my deepest sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.
Jeff Thompson
October 15, 2012
We loved Jamie at Butler Elementary where Yanni attended. Of course Yanni is loved as well. As Yanni's teacher, I had the joy of having Jamie as a volunteer in our classroom. She was amazing and met each job with energy and excellence. We will continue to love and nurture Yanni and keep Jamie ever in our hearts. Nan Sibbett - Butler Elementary
October 15, 2012
May this express the deepest sympathy that words can never say. Iknow you will celebrate the love and memaries you have for Jamie. My heart goes out to you and your family....God Bless.
Eleni Nikols
October 15, 2012
Bill, I believe I went to Copperview Elementary with you.So sorry to here of the passing of your beautiful wife.I also have two children and realize what a challenge it will be raising them alone.You and your family are im my thoughts and prayers. I pray that you may feel some peace at this very difficult time.
Charlene Winberg Robb
October 15, 2012
We'll miss you!!! Love you! And you'll always be in our hearts!! Thanks for making time for us in our life!!!
Aj and Sienna Szugye
October 15, 2012
We'll miss you forever!! And you will always be in our heart.. Love you so much!!
Aj and sienna Szugye
October 15, 2012
I will miss seeing her at the office. I am happy I was able to know her. She was such a fun person to talk with.
XOXOXO
Stephanie Floor
October 15, 2012
2005
What an amazing teacher! Our family will miss you so much, you touched us so much. You taught Taylor to believe in her own abilities (and even creid at how much she improved), and you always loved Max even when he was really difficult. You helped us raise our kids and taught us a lot as parents. We love you so much!
Tracie and Danny Mayanrd
October 15, 2012
My heart goes out to Jamie's family. She was an amazing person and dear friend of mine at Riverton Elementary. I learned so much from her and admired her many beautiful qualities as a teacher and mom. She will be missed. May the Lord comfort you during this very difficult time.
Heidi Goodrich
October 15, 2012
I met Jamie and Angie long ago at Hillside Junior High, and spent many days laughing with them and dancing at stomps. I am so sorry for this loss.
Andrea Drossos Andersen
October 15, 2012
My deepest sympathies to your beautiful family. Jamie will always be remembered as a sweet loving person. I have so many fond childhood memories of sance group, the church retreats....etc. Try to keep strong and know that there are so many thoughts and prayers coming your way.
Antonia Kartsonis
October 15, 2012
Dear Bill and Elpitha,
Please accept my condolences. I am deeply sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and payers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May your heart and soul find peace and comfort. Warm wishes
Christa Andresky
October 15, 2012
Our sincerely sympathy to the entire family for your great loss. May you find strength in knowing that she is in God's hands. May God bless you all, Love Bessie, Jason and Jessica Whitney.
October 15, 2012
Jamie was a dear friend of mine at Riverton Elementary. My deepest sympathies go out to her husband, children, and family during this most difficult time.
Annette Stavros
October 15, 2012
Dear Elpitha and Bill,

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your beautiful daughter and wife. While I know there are no words that can bring comfort right now, please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Tomacita Herrera
October 15, 2012
Dear Paul, Elpitha and Family,

With deepest sympathy, may you feel God's comforting presence during this time of sorrow. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Love your cousins,
Maria,Mile,Jovan, Nikolas
October 15, 2012
Hello Paul and family, please accept my sincere sympathy at a very hard time while you were dealing with the loss of your daughter and also trying to handle my needs at your rental as well. I'm so sorry. I was not aware that you had so much on your mind to deal with.
I am truly sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter. How very heart breaking, I couldn't imagine with 4 daughters of my own. I so sorry I needed you during her time of need. I feel terribly selfish. Please feel comfort to know that she is in a place where there is no pain and suffering. That she is peaceful and happy and preparing things for you all to be with her again.
Bless you always,
Jeanett Smokoff
October 14, 2012
Jamie was a very intelligent, sensitive and driven woman who, in the midst of her frail condition, continued to demonstrate compassion and sensitivity toward all who cared for her at IMC. My heart goes out to all those in her family I had the opportunity to come to know. Jamie will always live in those she inspired!
Patti Larsen, RN
October 14, 2012
This is quite a loss. God bless! You will be missed by all that know you.
Kathy Lawrence
October 14, 2012
I will miss seeing Jamie at the many family functions. I remember Jamie's vibrant personality when my brother got married, her love for her children, and her love for her parents, sisters, and all family members. She will be sorely missed.
K Lawrence
October 14, 2012
Thank you for being my teacher. I will miss you.
Jakob Sommer 4th grade Riverton Elementary.
Jakob Sommer
October 14, 2012
What a shock to hear of Jamie's passing. I had no idea she was ill.
Last year, Yanni was in my third grade class at Butler Elementary School. Jamie was a job-share teacher at Riverton Elementary School and had every Monday off. She came every Monday morning without fail to help us in our classroom. We were so grateful to her for all of the hours of work she gave us. I always looked forward to seeing her and we had a good time talking during recess.
Yanni was one of the smartest students in our class and Jamie made sure that every book report, weekly homework assignment, etc. given to the class were completed on time and to the very highest quality by Yanni.
It was evident that she was completely devoted to her children and loved them very much.
Please accept my deepest sympathy and may God bless and comfort you during this time.
I love you Yanni and I'm so sorry.
Love,
Margaret Wilkin
Margaret Wilkin
October 14, 2012
Mrs. Paulos will be greatly missed. She was always smiling and happy. Her students and friends loved her dearly. This is truly a sad time at Riverton Elementary.
Tiffany Barlow
October 14, 2012
Jamie taught with my mother at Riverton Elementary. I often went to lunch with their team and Jamie would always go out of her way to ensure that I felt welcome and included in conversation. My deepest condolences to her family. Jamie set a wonderful example for me as a mother and friend. She will truly be missed. Thank you for sharing her with us.
Brooke Sant
October 14, 2012
Jamie was always so kind and warm. She was not only beautiful, but possessed a unique inner grace and sincerity that drew people to her.

Angie, Joy, Bill, Yanni, Elpitha, Mr. and Mrs. Votsis and family: Words cannot express how sorry I am. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May her memory be eternal.
Elleney Soter
October 14, 2012
I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter, sister, wife and mom. It is so difficult to lose one so young and beautiful in life and spirit. I pray that you will never forget that she is with God watching over you and that her memory always be eternal. God Bless you in your time of sorrow.
Cindi Keane
October 14, 2012
I was so sad to hear of Jamie's passing. I instantly flashed through all the childhood memories of Sunday School and Dance. Jamie was always there. May God grant your family strength through this painful time.
Angela Petrogeorge Johns
October 14, 2012
We are so sorry to hear about your loss. May her memory be eternal.
George Kartsonis
October 14, 2012
Dear Elpitha, Apostolos and Family, Our deepest condolencses on the loss of Jamie. May her memory be eternal, Mitzi & Mike Bruno, Casper, WY
October 14, 2012
Bill, Yanni, and Elpitha,
I'm so sorry for your loss. Jamie was such an incredible mom, wife, teacher, friend and partner. She made a difference in the lives of so many people. What a strong, beautiful person both inside and out. Thank you for letting me be a part of your family. I know she will always watch over all of us. May you find peace. She will always be in my heart.
Ami Anderson
October 14, 2012
Dear Elpitha and Paul,

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Our prayers are with you.
Perry & Susan Kartsonas
October 14, 2012
I miss you VERY much. You are still my best friend and I know that all of the school will miss you including Mrs. Anderson. I love you so much.
Savannah Hansen (student)
October 14, 2012
It is with great sorrow that we send our deepest sympathies to all of Jamie's family and friends. May you find comfort in the memories you have and know that you now have an angel watching over you. May her memory be eternal.
Vaughn and Georgette
October 14, 2012
It is with great sorrow that we send our deepest sympathies to all of Jamie's family and friends. May you find comfort in the memories you have and know you now have an angel watching over you. May her memory be eternal.
Vaughn and Georgette
October 14, 2012
Apostolos and Elpitha,

I am out of town and so sorry hear the sad news of your daughter Jamie. I remember you were pregnant with her when we worked together at Coachman's 40 years ago.

Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. May her memory be eternal.
Elaine Zambos
October 13, 2012
Jamie was a dear friend of mine at Riverton Elementary. I was often influenced by her love for teaching and the difference she made in her students' lives. She was a fun member of our staff and our hallways won't be the same without her. Jamie loved her family and often shared stories about her children. Bill and Jamie created a great life for their children. She was such a proud mother and loved them both so much. She must have learned this care and compassion from her parents who we know stayed by her side throughout the last few weeks. Thanks to her family for sharing Jamie with her Riverton family. We all loved her very much.
Raegan Fay
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