EAST CARBON - Our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother, Helen Bikakis Zoolakis Flynn, age 91, passed away Oct. 6, 2008 in Salt lake City.
She was born in Kaleves, Crete, Greece, on Oct. 28, 1916 to Charles Nick and Katherine Ninos Bikakis.
She immigrated with her mother and brother, Nick, to the United States on July 4, 1921 to be united with her father, who had immigrated earlier and prepared a home for them in Sunnyside.
She is registered in The American Immigrant Wall of Honor at Ellis Island.
She married Efstratios "Steve" Zoulakis (Zoolakis) on Oct. 28, 1934 in Price; he died on Sept. 29, 1982. They raised their family in Columbia. She married William H. Flynn on May 24, 1986; he died on May 4, 1998.
She centered her life around her family and friends.
Her expertise in cooking outstanding American and Greek food along with her Greek pastries were widely recognized.
She attended school in Sunnyside and Price. She later went on to school and graduated as a licensed practical nurse on Feb. 26, 1949.
She worked many years at the hospital in Dragerton and eventually was employed as the industrial nurse at the Kaiser Permanente Hospital, serving all the mines in that area.
She had the opportunity to work with many wonderful doctors, including going into the mines with the doctors to assist injured miners.
In the early days when doctors were not available, she delivered babies and sutured cuts.
After the hospital in East Carbon was closed, she worked as a nurse in Price until her retirement.
She was an active member of the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Price.
She served as president of the LPN organization of Carbon County, president in the Daughter of Penelope, president and other offices in the Beta Sigma Phi Club in East Carbon, Philoptohos Society of Price and the Leisure Club of Price and East Carbon.
She loved playing cards in the 500 Rummy Club for many years with her friends in Columbia.
May her memory be eternal. Aionia aftis I mnimi.
Survived by her siblings, Mitchell (Dee) Bikakis, Price; Kriss (John) Hodges, St. George; sons, George (Sharlene) Zoolakis, Heber; John (Rena) Zoolakis, Taylorsville; and Charles (Sandra) Zoolakis, Sandy; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and the family of William H. Flynn. Preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Nick Bikakis; Luther Bikakis in WWII; and husbands, Steve Zoolakis and Bill Flynn.
Funeral service Saturday, Oct. 11, 11 a.m., Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Price. Trisagion Friday evening, 7 p.m., Mitchell Funeral Home, 233 East Main Street, Price. Family will be at Mitchell's Friday and Saturday one hour prior to service. Committal, Price City Cemetery.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Avalon Care Center and Bristol Hospice for their wonderful care of our mother.
In lieu of flowers, family suggest donations to the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in memory of Helen.