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Mary Evelyn


1933 ~ 2010

Evelyn, 76, passed peacefully on Saturday, July 31st, 2010 in Seattle, Washington.She was born in Metter, Georgia on September 27th, 1933, the only child of Addie Belle and Ernest Robbins. Raised in Metter by her grandparents, Ollie and Cone Waters, she graduated from Piedmont Nursing School in Atlanta in 1953. Working as an operating room nurse at Atlanta's Grady hospital, she met her husband, the late Theofilos John Tsagaris. Married in 1954, and after her husband's medical residency and Armed Services obligation, they eventually settled in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1965, where she devoted herself to raising their three children. Evelyn became a source of inspiration in the community by helping elderly residents as well as working with school PTA programs, where she started and coordinated a student volunteer program at East High School in Salt Lake City. She later returned to nursing, working as a RN in an in-home health care system, where her nursing skills, compassion and willingness to give improved the quality of life of her patients. As an accomplished chef of Greek cuisine and baker of Greek pastries, she used her expertise to help with a catering business. Her Christmas cookies were coveted gifts within her circle of friends and acquaintances. Her hobbies included ceramics, crocheting, and reading. Her favorite place was the St. Augustine beach, where her family gathered each year. We will remember her as a kind and loving mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her older daughter, Terri Tsagaris Bennett and her husband Wayne Bennett, her son, John Theofilos Tsagaris and his wife Patricia D. Tsagaris, and her younger daughter, Despina Faye Tsagaris, as well as her three grandchildren, Miles Jacob Tsagaris Bennett, Theofilos John Tsagaris, and Phoebe Helena Tsagaris.

Evelyn was remembered at a small family gathering in Seattle. May the sand be cool beneath her toes and the sun shine warmly upon her face.

Donations may be made in Evelyn's memory by mail or on line to Hope for Depression Research Foundation, 667 Madison Avenue, 17th floor, New York, New York 10065.