"If friends they do not deceive you, pray - Do not turn to another, turn to the one that loves you best - your dearest friend - your mother."
~ Beloved mother, sister, daughter, and best friend to many.
Mara Santi Duvris, passed away comfortably and peacefully at the age of 60 on Oct. 10, 2012 after several years of battling numerous medical and health issues.
Born on Nov. 11, 1951 in San Francisco, Calif., to Joseph and Mary Georgedes Santi, she was raised in Price and extremely proud to be a Carbon County girl. Mara was a graduate of Carbon High, Class of 1969 as well as Westminster College where she received a Bachelor Degree Majoring in History. She was married to Jim Davis then later Paul Duvris.
Mara spent her early years working and helping her family run the local movie theaters in Price. Following college she was able to work several different jobs in the hospitality/hotel industry with the most memorable being the opportunity to help with the grand opening and production of the Royal Inn Hotel which was a business ran by her parents.
Following her return back to good old Carbon County, she spent many years running and operating "The Sinclair Country Store" which turned into a local's favorite hangout spot and she was given the nickname "The Grinning Greek" due to her lovely, contagious smile and crazy way of making people laugh by some of the very blunt, but honest, off the wall things she would say. These wonderful characteristics followed her throughout her life allowing her to meet new people, becoming the best of friends to many. She spent the last 11 years working in Guest Relations for Intercontinental Hotels. Mara was always known as a huge people person whose vast array of friends and family played a big part of her life. So many people were touched with her thoughtful and caring ways. Her daughter Joey was her pride and joy, giving meaning to her life. Their special bond was greater than words could ever express.
She is survived in death by her daughter Joey Welty (Dillon), brother Harry Dragatis, step-children George Duvris (Andrea), Dean Duvris (Marcie), Holly Bass (Mike), Niccole Diana (Joe), and a multitude of wonderful friends who are like family. She is preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, and husband Paul.
A special thanks to all the Doctors and Staff at Salt Lake Clinic, Intermountain Medical, University of Utah, and Promise at LDS Hospital who have done their best to improve her quality of life.
A funeral service was held on Monday, Oct. 15, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 279 S. 300 W. A viewing was held on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, from 6 - 8 p.m. at Neil O'Donnell and Sons Mortuary, 372 E. 100 S., with a trisagion service at 7 p.m. Interment, Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 1342 E. 500 S.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Diabetes Foundation.