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Sophia Pavlakis Livas

Posted By Hall-Wynne On December 13, 2014 @ 5:46 pm In Durham,Obituaries | 3 Comments

CHAPEL HILL: Sophia “Sophie” Pavlakis Livas, 96, died peacefully at UNC Memorial Hospital Saturday, December 13, 2014 after a brief illness. Born June 9, 1918 in Durham, she lived her early years in Chapel Hill and as a teenager moved with her parents to Thessaloniki, Greece, where she graduated from the American Girls College.
In 1937, she married George Livas and returned to Chapel Hill where she and her husband raised two daughters, and where she spent the next 70 years of her life. Mrs. Livas dearly loved Chapel Hill and the University with all the cultural activities afforded. Her great passions were classical music, reading, gardening, gourmet cooking and entertaining. Among other activities she enjoyed were singing in the Chapel Hill Choral Society and the St. Barbara Church choir. Mrs. Livas was a founding member of St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church and a member of the Chapel Hill Historical Society.
Sophie Livas will be remembered for her exuberant warmth, boundless energy, charm and gift of hospitality.
Surviving are her daughters, Elaini L. Bingham of Charlotte and Katherine Livas of Fearrington Village; her granddaughters, Christine (Scott) Ray of Charlotte and Georgette (Ryan) Dienst of Edwards, CO; and great grandchildren, Davis, Owen, Gabrielle, Harrison and Stella Ray, and Becker, Alexandra and Mac Dienst. Sophie was predeceased by her husband, George Livas; her parents, Evdoxia and Costandinos Pavlakis and her brother, John Pavlakis.
The funeral will be 10:00 AM Wednesday from St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, with burial following in Old Chapel Hill Cemetery (adjacent to campus). Friends may visit 6-8 PM Tuesday at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service with the Trisagion litany said at 7:00.
Gifts in Sophie’s memory may be made to the George Livas Memorial Fund, UNC School of Nursing; giving.unc.edu/gift/son; to St. Barbara’s Church Building Fund, 8306 NC Hwy. 751, Durham 27713; or to the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, 1213 E. Franklin St. Chapel Hill 27514.

Condolences for the family of “Sophia Pavlakis Livas”

Condolence from Tom Zitrides on December 14th, 2014 2:48 pm

My parents met the George and Sophie Livas during WWII when my parents were suddenly displaced from their birthplace in New Hampshire to North Carolina when my father enlisted in the Navy after Pearl Harbor. The Livas family generously took my wandering parents into their home in Chapel Hill, and I was born at Duke University hospital soon thereafter. Sophie became my Godmother and lovingly fulfilled her duties throughout her life. My parents, Kay and Gus Zitrides, loved Sophie and her daughters as family and always recounted how kind and generous George and Sophie had been to them in the chaos generated by the war.

We will miss Sophie dearly. My sincerest sympathies and condolences to the Livas family.

The Zitrides clan – Tom and Bonnie Zitrides, Wani and David Larsen, Christine Baraniak and Lenore Loftus

Condolence from David Lindquist on December 14th, 2014 7:48 pm

I share in your sadness as I will miss the infectious joy Sophie brought to every concert and gala for The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. But most importantly I share your joy for her life lived to the fullest. We should all be blessed to go through life spreading such joy.
David Lindquist.

Condolence from Ana Sanabria Anderson on December 17th, 2014 11:42 pm

I will always hold such beautiful memories of Sophia, her joyfulness was very catchy. She was always so kind to my mother (Minerva) and I know how much they enjoyed each other’s company. I offer my condolences and that you always keep the wonderful memories you’ve made with her. May she rest in peace.

With Love and Prayers,

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