On the morning of Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 our beloved Mary K. Konakis passed from earth to heaven at the age of 84.
Mary was a long time resident of Elko, Nev., where she raised her children. She was born in Price on June 15, 1929 to Gus and Eva Kiahtipes. Mary's mother and father were sheep ranchers. She grew up in Price and spent many memorable summers on her parent's ranch near Vail, Colo. She graduated high school at Carbon High School in Price in 1947 and attended junior college at Carbon College where she studied book keeping and accounting. Mary was raised with her two brothers, Nick and Tom, and her sister Mag.
In 1955 Mary met her husband Stanley F. Konakis following his return from service in the US armed forces. Mary and Stanley were wed on March 24, 1956. Together Mary and Stanley had four children; Gust, Ferron, Janie and Nick. In October 1964 Mary and Stanley moved to Elko, Nev., to live and raise their children. Mary worked as a book keeper at J.C. Penny's and later at the Elko Farm Supply store. Mary was a devoted mother and wife.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents Gus and Eva Kiahtipes, her brother Nick Kiahtipes, and her oldest son Gust Konakis. Mary will be dearly missed by her husband of 57 years Stanley Konakis, her children and their spouses; Ferron & Tracy Konakis, Janie Konakis Phelps & Kevin Phelps, and Nick & Renee Konakis. Mary was blessed with many grandchildren; Chris, Eric, Amber, Megan, Patrick, Tyler, Sadie, Kaden, Kirby, and great granddaughter Emma. Mary Konakis was a loving person and will be missed by everyone who knew her.
Church services for Mary were held on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Saint Paul's Episcopal Church in Elko, Nev. There was a gathering in honor of her life following the church service. A viewing was held at Burns Funeral Home, in Elko, from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29 for those who would like to pay their respects. In lieu of flowers, the Konakis family suggests donations to the Special Olympics or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
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