Mary Mourikis, 94, of Hyannis, Massachusetts, wife of Reverend Spyros Mourikis, of blessed memory, died on Sunday, August 21, peacefully and surrounded by family.
She was cherished by her daughters, Sophia and the late Thomas Sarhanis of Centerville, Massachusetts, Loukia and Dr. Robert LoPresti of Fair Haven and Deborah and Demetrius Tasoulas of Waterford, Connecticut. She was “best yiayia” to grandchildren Chrissa Kaselis (John) of Walpole, Massachusetts, Jonathan Sarhanis of Los Angeles, California, Mara Sullivan (James) of Westford, Massachusetts, Hope LoPresti of Fair Haven and Stacey Tasoulas of Waterford, Connecticut; and “big yiayia” to five great-grandchildren.
She was born on October 8, 1921 in Somerville, Massachusetts, to Sophia and Demetrios Masteralexis. Predeceased by her brother, Theodore, and sister, Despa Seonis, she is survived by her brother, George Masteralexis and wife Esther of Watertown, Massachusetts; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mary graduated from Somerville High School, attended Burrows Business School and was employed as a bookkeeper in Boston’s A & P corporate office. On August 24, 1947, Mary and the Reverend were married by the late Bishop Athenagoras Cavadas at the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Somerville, Massachusetts. In October of 1947, her husband was ordained to the priesthood and in January of 1949, they were assigned to their first and only parish, St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Hyannis. Mary dedicated her life to her family and beloved community. Presvytera Mary served with grace and devotion to God and was the beacon that sustained a dedicated priest.
Presvytera Mary was a member of St. Katherine’s Philoptochos Society, serving in many capacities and most meaningful to her, visiting the sick. She taught Sunday School and served on the board of The Cape Cod Chapter Church Women United. Her melodious alto voice still echoes in our hearts. She sang in the Somerville Church Choir and the St. George Church Choir for over 30 years.
Presvytera Mary was honored by Metropolitan Methodios in 2007 with the Metropolis of Boston Ministry Award. She received the St. Paul Medal of Honor by the late Archbishop Iakovos. Her service and leadership were rewarded by former Governor Dukakis and the late Senator Edward Kennedy. A memorable moment was her 1989 visit to the Patriarchate in Constantinople, where she and the Reverend were received by His All Holiness Patriarch Demetrios.
Presvytera Mary is remembered for her generous hospitality. She was a master at baking Greek pastries and specialties, happiest with violin and piano music in the background played by her daughters and granddaughters. She welcomed archbishops, bishops, priests and their families and seminarians to her home. With her gentle nature, she served all with unconditional love and respect. She taught us the true nature of love – ‘agape.’
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