SALT LAKE/ PRICE - Kyriaki 'Koula' Marakis, beloved mother, yiayia, nona, sister, aunt and friend passed away peacefully on April 15, 2011.
Koula was born in Kampoi, Crete, Greece on Oct. 16, 1928 to Georgios and Hrysi Katzourakis Xerakis. As the youngest of seven siblings, she showed everyone around her the beauty and optimism that encircled the entirety of her being. With the onset of World War II and the Battle of Crete, her confidence in life kept everyone around her motivated during a time of misery and despair.
In October of 1955, she married Nicholas Constantine Marakis in Crete, Greece. Shortly after her wedding, Koula emigrated from Greece to Price. She spent the following decade helping her husband in the family sheep business. Koula spent numerous days and nights at the family's sheep camp in Scofield where she learned to love the great outdoors. Her experiences in Scofield would translate to life-time hobbies of fishing and hiking. Koula was also a faithful member of the Greek Orthodox Church of Price, the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, and had an active role in the Price Greek community. She was a member of the Philoptochos Society and the Cretan Ladies Club, Arkadi. She loved hosting events and cooking for friends and family.
Her family will always remember her for her fantastic sense of humor, her profound wisdom, and her grace. Everyone who knew her felt that they were supported, accepted, and loved unconditionally.
Koula will always be remembered as a loving and caring person. She had a charming personality, a keen sense of humor, and a contagious smile. "We thought of you with love today but that is nothing new. We thought about you yesterday and days before that too. We think of you in silence, we often speak your name, but all we have are memories and your picture in a frame. Your memory is our keepsake with which we'll never part. God has you in His keeping we have you in our heart."
Koula is survived by her loving daughter Helen Marakis Liodakis; son-in-law George Liodakis; beloved grandchildren: Nikos and Manoli Liodakis; one brother Mihalis Xerakis of Crete, Greece; sister-in-laws: Olga Xerakis and Georgia Xerakis of Crete, Greece; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and goddaughters. She is preceded in death by her husband Nicholas; parents: Georgios and Hrysi; brothers: Nikos, Manolis, and Sarantos; and sisters: Anastasia and Manolitsa.
Koula's viewing will be held on Monday, April 18, 2011 from 6 - 8 pm at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park and Mortuary (3401 Highland Drive Salt Lake City, Utah 84106), with Trisagion prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 19 at Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church (5335 South Highland Drive, Holladay, UT 84117) at 10 a.m. Directly followed by interment at the Price City Cemetery, (595 E. 400 N., Price, UT 84501) at 1:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to any Greek Orthodox Church or St. Sophia Hellenic Orthodox School. May her memory be eternal!