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Celebrating the life of
Frances J. Pappas
March 20, 1931 - July 20, 2016
Loving wife, mother and grandmother
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Visitation
  • 9:00am - Monday, August 01, 2016
  • Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral
  • 3511 Yoakum Blvd. (Map)
    Houston, TX 77006

  • 713-526-5377
  • Trisaigion Service
  • 9:45am - Monday, August 01, 2016
  • Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral
  • 3511 Yoakum Blvd. (Map)
    Houston, TX 77006

  • 713-526-5377
  • Funeral Service
  • 10:00am - Monday, August 01, 2016
  • Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral
  • 3511 Yoakum Blvd. (Map)
    Houston, TX 77006

  • 713-526-5377
  • Makaria
  • 11:00am - Monday, August 01, 2016
  • Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral
  • 3511 Yoakum Blvd. (Map)
    Houston, TX 77006

  • 713-526-5377
  • Burial
  • 1:00pm - Monday, August 01, 2016
  • Forest Park Lawndale
  • 6900 Lawndale Street (Map)
    Houston, Texas 77023

Very sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept our condolences to to your whole family

Diane Soder O'Mara, Oconomowoc, WI

I would lik to express my deepest sorrow for the lost of your dear loved one. The pain, grief, and the feelings of helplessness can seem unbearable. At times, we need to go to Gods word for comfort. Please take your Bible and look at what Gods promises for the future with regards to our dead loved ones. ( John 5: 28,29 , Acts 24:15 ) Yes, God will defeat our enemy death forever. This will enable us to one day have the hope of seeing our dead loved ones again. I hope this message will be a source of comfort to you. If you have any questions feel free to contact one of Jehovah's Witnesses or log on to our website at JW.org. Sincerely yours, JW

JW, Houston, Tx

Our Mother, Frances J. (“Fran”) Pappas made her way to our Lord in her quiet, innocent way in the early morning hours on July 20, 2016, while vacationing in Greece. The details and nature of her passing are inconsequential. What is important is that despite her 15 year bout with macular degeneration and the recent onset of dementia with Lewy bodies, she handled her last days with the same aplomb and courage that she handled these debilitating conditions these many years. In truth she had no handicaps. Until the end, it was “please let me do that”, or “how can I help”, or “I can do that”, never once giving in to her blindness or to our pleas to simply sit and enjoy herself, which she had certainly earned the right to do so. “Fotoula”, as she was known in Greek was a friend to all. She had an opinion about many things, but often she chose to keep them to herself, except when it came to keeping our Father in line. During her last week, I recall her saying, please don’t let him have another glass of ouzo, (a strong Greek liquor). While she was interested in the issues of the day, she much preferred to listen to others talk about them and focus all of her energy on the comfort and safekeeping of her family, because in the end, the only real important thing in her life was her Husband, her Children, her siblings, her many nieces, nephews and god children, her close friends, and most assuredly her four grandchildren, who all brought light to her darkness and purpose to her day. She loved sports, that is to say she enjoyed seeing her children and grandchildren play sports. She was an avid reader when she could still do so, and loved to dance, whether it was Greek folk dancing or the swing with her Husband for which they were known. Greek music was her muse of choice, never passing up an opportunity to listen. The beauty that she found in hearing the Church choir singing hymns and in Christmas carols, was only surpassed in importance by her life long held and shared belief that “Christouli”, as she referred to Christ, would always protect us and “Panayia”, to whom she prayed daily, would always protect her, and she did.
She was not without her playful side, she enjoyed a cold beer from time to time, was often the protagonist of a practical joke, and always eager to join in the fun or to be the center of it. She enjoyed shopping, which meant she enjoyed buying, which she did just as often for others as herself.
Professionally, Fotoula worked for many years as an executive secretary for Sidney Schlenker at Houston National Bank, for whose family along with the Hofeinzes, as well as others, she was ever thankful, for without whose help the adoption of her son Gus, would not have occurred. Thereafter, she worked for the family exterminating business for decades. Ironically, she befriended many of the family’s customers with whom she had spoken and developed friendships, yet they were people she had never met. The ironies did not end there. Fotoula could not float, let alone swim, yet every boat the family owned was named after her. She enjoyed playing cards and even a pull or two of the slot machines, yet did not like thrill rides. She did not like going to the doctor, but never missed taking her children for any illness. She enjoyed talking on the phone and socializing, yet her entire courtship with our Father was conducted by post, while he was in Houston and she was in Des Moines, Iowa. She could not have children naturally, yet children were the focal point of her life. Fran was a life long volunteer of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, and a member of many of its organizations including the Daughters of Penelope and the Senior Citizens, with which she faithfully met each week for many years. Although she leaves many friends behind, she, most assuredly, now joins many others. Mom, we love you and although we will miss you desperately, you leave behind many legacies, most notably: to be kind, and the love and appreciation of her faith and family.
Fran Pappas was born in Chicago, Illinois on March 20, 1931 to Clara and John Manthos, both of whom predeceased her. She married Emile T. Pappas on November 20, 1955. She and Emile adopted and raised three children, Gus E. Pappas, Anthony E. Pappas, and Julianna K. Pappas. She is survived by her Husband, Emile T. Pappas, her sister Elaine Koumonduros (predeceased by her husband, John Koumonduros), her brother George Manthos and his wife Linda, her sister in law Nancy Manthos (wife of predeceased brother Eddie Manthos), son Gus E. Pappas, his wife Pamela D. Pappas, and their daughters Elena, Lexi and Demi, son Anthony E. Pappas, and his son Manoli Pappas, and daughter Julianna K. Pappas, and many nieces, nephews and god children.
Pallbearers include Jon Manthos, Alex Koumonduros, Ted Koumonduros, Basil Nichols, Michael Manthos and Stacy Economides. Honorary pallbearers include George Theodoropoulos, Alan Cain, Anthony Theo, Phillip Mallios, Yonni Demeris, Brian Manthos and John Alex Corkill.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from nine o’clock until ten o’clock in the morning on Monday, August 1, 2016 at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 3511 Yoakum Boulevard in Houston. The Trisagion Prayers will begin at a quarter until ten with the funeral service beginning at ten o’clock in the morning, where the Cathedral Clergy will officiate. A luncheon (Macaria) will follow in the Church hall. Internment will then follow at Forest Park Lawndale.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Houston Daughters of Penelope, or to the AGOC Senior Citizens, each at 3511 Yoakum Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77006.

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Very sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept our condolences to to your whole family

Diane Soder O'Mara, Oconomowoc, WI

I would lik to express my deepest sorrow for the lost of your dear loved one. The pain, grief, and the feelings of helplessness can seem unbearable. At times, we need to go to Gods word for comfort. Please take your Bible and look at what Gods promises for the future with regards to our dead loved ones. ( John 5: 28,29 , Acts 24:15 ) Yes, God will defeat our enemy death forever. This will enable us to one day have the hope of seeing our dead loved ones again. I hope this message will be a source of comfort to you. If you have any questions feel free to contact one of Jehovah's Witnesses or log on to our website at JW.org. Sincerely yours, JW

JW, Houston, Tx


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