EAST CARBON CITY - Our beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great-grandmother, Helen Bikakis Zoolakis Flynn, age 91, passed away Oct. 6, 2008 of natural causes in Salt lake City.
Helen was born in Kaleves, Crete, Greece, on Oct. 28, 1916 to Charles Nick Bikakis and Katherine Ninos Bikakis. Helen 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.
Helen is registered on The American Immigrant Wall of Honor at Ellis Island.
Married Efstratios "Steve" Zoulakis (Zoolakis) on Oct. 28, 1934 in Price. Steve died on Sept. 29, 1982. They raised their family in Columbia.
Married William H. Flynn on May 24, 1986. William died on May 4, 1998.
Helen centered her life on her family and friends. Mom's expertise in cooking outstanding Greek and American food along with Greek pastries was widely recognized.
Attended school in Sunnyside and Price. Graduated as a licensed practical nurse on Feb. 26, 1949.
Worked many years at the hospital in Dragerton and later employed as the industrial nurse at Kaiser Permanente Hospital serving all mines in the area
Helen had the opportunity to work with many wonderful doctors, including going into the mines with the doctors to assist injured miners. When doctors were not available, she delivered babies and sutured cuts. When the hospital closed, she worked as a nurse in Price until her retirement.
Active member of the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Price.
Served as president of the LPN organization; president of the Daughters of Penelope; president and other offices in Beta Sigma Phi Club, Philoptohos Society and Leisure Club.
Loved playing cards in the 500 Rummy Club with her friends.
Survived by her siblings, Mitchell (Dee) Bikakis, Price; Kriss (John) Hodges, St. George; sons, George (Sharlene) Zoolakis, Heber; John (Rena) Zoolakis, Taylorsville; 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; husbands, Steve Zoolakis and Bill Flynn.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Avalon Care Center and Bristol Hospice for their wonderful care of our mother.
Funeral service Saturday, Oct. 11, 11 a.m., Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Price. Trisagion Friday evening, 7: p.m., Mitchell Funeral Home, 233 E. Main Street, Price. Family will be at Mitchell's Friday and Saturday one hour prior to service. Committal, Price City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, family suggest donations to the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in memory of Helen.