Evelyn Billas Makris

March 25, 1925February 15, 2014

Evelyn Billas Makris, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, the 15th of February, 2014. She was born on the 15th of March 1925, in Montezuma, Georgia, to Athanasios and Pauline Billas, and spent her childhood in northern Greece, returning to the United States for college after WWII-occupied Greece reopened. Evelyn received degrees in Social Work and Studio Art from Texas State College for Women (now known as TWU) in Denton, Texas; she briefly worked in Houston before marrying Arthur John Makris, her husband of 58 years.

Among Evelyn’s favorite experiences were traveling the world with Art, including the seven years they lived in Milan, Italy with their two daughters. In Milan, Evelyn quickly became fluent in Italian, took art classes in the bohemian Brera district, and produced beautiful abstract paintings influenced by local architecture. After moving to Houston in 1975, Evelyn became a licensed realtor and worked the majority of her career with Madeleine O’Brien Realtors, Inc., and then Coldwell Banker Real Estate.

Evelyn was an active member and volunteer of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, where she was one of the first Sunday School teachers to high school students; she later taught Greek to children and adults. She was a high-energy, creative and elegant lady; always outgoing, friendly, and ready to have fun, offer advice, or make new friends. Evelyn was also an excellent Greek dancer, and a wonderful cook.

Survivors include daughter, Elaine Makris Williams and her husband, Robert; daughter, Ann Makris Poland and her husband, Stanley; grandson, Matthew Makris Geddie; and sister, Maria Sinathis Roper. She was preceded in death by her husband Art, and one brother, Aris Buddy Billas. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five o'clock in the afternoon until seven o'clock in the evening on Thursday, the 20th of February, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston, where the Trisagion Prayers will commence at half-past five o'clock, followed by remarks from family and friends.

Immediately afterwards, all are invited to greet the family in a reception to be held in the adjacent grand foyer.

The funeral service is to be conducted at half-past ten o'clock in the morning on Friday, the 21st of February, at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 3511 Yoakum Boulevard in Houston, where the Cathedral Clergy are to officiate.

A private interment will be held at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery.

In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be directed to the Philoptochos Charitable Society at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 3511 Yoakum Blvd., Houston, TX, 77006; Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX, 77030; or the charity of one’s choice.



  • Visitation Thursday, February 20, 2014
  • Trisagion Prayers Thursday, February 20, 2014
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 21, 2014


  • A Private Interment Service is to be arranged at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery

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Sophia Walker

November 17, 2017

I believe Evelyn was my mother's first cousin. Her father and my grandmother Sophia were siblings. If anyone is reading this, please call Sophia Walker at 301-257-6975. Thank you.

March 18, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with her two daughters and family. Evelyn was a bright light of Joy, love and compassion. Beautiful inside and out. A true friend that will be missed. I loved her very much! Nicole and Scott Wysocki

March 14, 2014

MY Sweet Evelyn I just find out today . Was trying to call you for your birthday ! tomorrow . You were always a turn friend to me and I love you very much ! Nicole Szucs Wysocki

Berta Beard

February 20, 2014

I knew Evelyn when she was my neighbor and our children were 5 and 6 years old. She was the most special person I ever knew. I loved her like she
was my sister. She will be missed.
Berta Beard

Pam Mattingly

February 20, 2014

Dear Ann and Elaine, You and your families are in my thoughts and prayers. I loved your mother (my "Aunt" Evelyn) dearly. She was such an elegant, fun and vibrant woman and such a true friend to my mother. I will miss her dearly. May her memory be eternal.

Jeannine & Scott Benoit

February 19, 2014

Evelyn was such an amazing woman! She had such a kind and generous heart. She was a classic beauty, full of style and grace. We are so thankful to have known her. We will truly miss her.

February 19, 2014

Evelyn was a very special person and will be missed a lot. She helped us get our first home. We were newly weds then. She became friends with us for life. She was more like family to us then a friend. We are so sad that she is not physically with us anymore but are happy that she is with Art. Sweet memories of her will always remain with us and our children.