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Parkway Funeral Home & Parkway Memorial Cemetery

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OBITUARY

Jane Varvaris Kountouris

August 9, 1926June 20, 2020

Heaven rejoiced as our mother, Jane Varvaris Kountouris, journeyed to her heavenly home with Jesus during the early morning hours of Saturday, June 20, 2020 in her daughter’s and son-in-law’s home in Dallas, Texas, surrounded by family. Jane was born on August 9, 1926 on the Island of Patmos, Greece. As the island where St. John the Theologian wrote the Book of Revelation, Patmos is steeped in profound spiritual heritage that was a central part of her upbringing. Her home was just blocks away from the Holy Monastery of St. John, where they frequently went to church.

When Jane was nine years old, her family immigrated to Tallahassee, Florida where several other families from Patmos resided. At the young age of 19, she was arranged in marriage by her parents to the love of her life, Michael Gerasimos Kountouris (Mike), whose family was also from Patmos. They moved to Jackson, Mississippi, where Mike had established the Mayflower Café with other family. The two were founding members of the Holy Trinity - St. John the Theologian Greek Orthodox Church. Jane served as President of the Ladies Philoptohos Society, a member of the Daughters of Penelope, worked tirelessly for the community’s Greek Nights, and was recognized for her many years of faithful service.

Jane was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend, as well as an accomplished homemaker. She possessed the gift of hospitality and opened her home to many. She loved entertaining and did so with a flare. Her children and their friends remember all the beautiful and delicious Greek meals and pastries Jane enjoyed creating. Most importantly, they remember her kindness, her joy, her gift for giving, and the loving personality that she radiated. Jane loved flowers and displayed this with her beautiful yard. During her life with her adoring husband, she loved traveling to her home in Patmos where she visited family and friends from her past. She also enjoyed sitting at the family Café greeting customers with a hug. Shortly after her husband passed away, she moved to Dallas, Texas and resided with her daughter and son-in-law. Her son-in-law (Keith) who she admired and loved, cooked many a dinners for her and cared for her as if she were his mother. She was forever grateful for his love and sacrifice. In addition to her love for God, her family, and friends, she loved to laugh, and during her last 8 ½ years, entertained herself watching The Golden Girls and I Love Lucy. Her children loved her dearly and feel so blessed to have had her as long as they did. We celebrate her life on earth, and “in her dying she is born to eternal life.”

She was preceded in death by her parents, Emanuel and Calliope Varvaris; her husband, Michael Gerasimos Kountouris; and her sibling Steve Emanuel Varvaris.

She is survived by her daughters, Callie Kountouris McDole (Keith) of Dallas, Texas, and Irene Michael Kountouris of Holliston, Massachusetts; son, Jerry Michael Kountouris (Sarah) of Madison, Mississippi; grandchildren, Natalie Jane McDole, of Dallas, Texas, Kimberly Evangelia Thompson (Ted) of Madison, Mississippi, Michael Jerry Kountouris (Georgia) of Madison, Mississippi; great-grandchildren, Nicholas Scott Nelson of Madison, Mississippi, Michael Luke Nelson of Cleveland, Mississippi Charles Dorsett Thompson of Madison, Mississippi, Michael Gerasimos Kountouris of Madison, Mississippi, and Alexis Ann Kountouris of Madison, Mississippi; and her Godchildren, Paula Marodis Fowler, Betta Marodis Miller, and Michael James Fowler. The family wishes a very special thank you to her caregivers, Anna Castillo, Luz Quezada, Lisa Henley, Olidia Gomez, Elizabeth Okumu, Patricia Cruz, Sandra Rodriquez, and Barbara Hollingsworth, for their loyalty and loving care.

In lieu of flowers, the family asked for donations to Holy Trinity – St. John the Theologian Greek Orthodox Church in Jackson, Mississippi or Center for Brain Health in Dallas, Texas.

Services

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Betty Fudge

June 28, 2020

Momma K filled my high school years with so much love, good food, and joy, it's hard to remember one time. I remember her and Mr. Mike often and the wonderful gatherings at the Mayflower. I will ever hold this family in my heart.

Linda Posco

June 27, 2020

A most Beautiful tribute to a special Lady who raised my dear friend Irene.
My sincerest condolences to your family for your loss.
May your grief be short, your memories bring you much joy and your love for your mother sustain you through this difficult time.

Mersene and Nicko Katsiotis

June 27, 2020

Dear Callie,

I can never express what an angel you have been-to me in my life. I am forever grateful for our friendship. I know this time is extremely difficult for you and your family, we are sending prayers, love, and peace.
May her memory remain eternal.

Love always,

Mersene and Nicko

Barbara hollingsworth

June 27, 2020

I will always remember you. My favorite memories were of the trips to the mayflower for lunch daily n listening to your favorite Greek c.d on the way. I remember singing along to the Greek lyrics, although I didn't know what the songs were saying.lol. we had many fun times together n I will miss you

Janet Grillis

June 27, 2020

Jerry and Sarah, Callie and Keith , and Irene:
This was such a beautiful and fitting tribute to your mother's life. Chris and I remember her sweet smile and kindness with much fondness and feel very blessed to have known her. She will be deeply missed by many. May her memory remain eternal. We hate that we don't get to visit with each of you during this time, but please know we are there in spirit to support all of you. Much love, Janet and Chris Grillis.

Mary Douglas

June 26, 2020

Irene and Family,

What beautiful tribute to your beloved Mother!! My prayers and heartfelt condolences are with you all.
Love,
Mary Douglas

Deborah Perkins

June 26, 2020

Irene and Family,

What a beautiful tribute this is to your mother's life! I am with you in spirit this week as you celebrate Jane's life and remember the gift that she has been to you. Thinking of you often and love you very much.

Deborah

George Marodis

June 26, 2020

Jerry, Callie and Irene,

I was very saddened to hear about your mothers death. I have such fond memories from my childhood when we would come visit. I remember being so scared of your dog Spot lol. Your mom would just laugh at me and would reassure me that everything was ok. During those visits, while our parents were chatting away, I remember reading from a selection of what must have been a thousand Archie, Betty & Veronica comic books. Your mom was always smiling, she had a great sense of humor. She was such a wonderful lady. She will be truly missed by many.

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this sad time.

George

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