June 17, 1928 – February 9, 2019
Penelope Paras, 90, passed away peacefully at home in the presence of her children and grandchildren on February 9th, 2019 in Alexandria, VA.
Funeral services will be held on 16 February, 2019 at 10:00 am at Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 621 First Colonial Road, Virginia Beach, VA 2345 with the Reverend Father Milton Gianulis of Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Williamsburg, VA, officiating. Burial will follow at Princess Anne Memorial Park, 1110 N. Great Neck Rd, VA Beach 23462. Arrangements are by Smith & Williams Funeral Home.
Penelope was born in Portland, OR to George and Olga Polechrones on June 17, 1928. She married Jim G. Paras on August 20, 1954 in Portland, OR. She received her BA Child Psychology at U. of MD,. Penelope was a leader in her Greek Orthodox Community and Choirs in Portland prior to moving to Athens, Greece upon her marriage. There she engaged in many philanthropic activities and also presided for some time as President of the American Women’s Organization of Greece. Penelope is survived by her son George and Lisa Paras, and grandchildren. Dimitri, Alexander, Alessandra, Rachel and Yianni; her son Christopher and Julie Paras, and grandchildren Nicholas and Christina and great grandchild Lacey; and her daughter Katerina.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Save the Children Organization https://www.savethechildren.org/us/more-ways-to-help/ways-to-give/honor-someone-special or tel. 800-728-3843.
- George Polechrones, Father
- Olga Polechrones, Mother
- Jim G. Paras, Husband
- George Paras, Son
- Lisa Paras, Daughter-in-law
- Christopher Paras, Son
- Julie Paras, Daughter-in-law
- Katerina ., Daughter
- Mrs. Paras also leaves behind her grandchildren; Dimitri, Alexander, Alessandra, Rachel, Yianni, Nicholas and Christina, as well as her great grandchild Lacey.
- Celebration of Life Saturday, February 16, 2019
- Graveside Service