This week, my family and I mourn the death of a very important woman in our lives. Please read my Yiayia's death notice below, to learn about the woman I was named after and the legacy she leaves behind:
GEORGELAS ANGELINA FLOOR GEORGELAS (Age 94) "Angie" Died peacefully at her home in McLean, Virginia on March 22, 2014. Born on February 29, 1920, in Garfield, Utah, Angelina was the fourth child born to her Greek American parents, Nick and Catherine Floor. The family later resided in Salt Lake City, Utah. Angelina survived seven siblings: Bill, George, Steve, Helen, Lola, Effie and Jim.
In 1946, Angelina married decorated war veteran, John Georgelas (Colonel, US Army, deceased). During their sixty-one years of marriage, military assignments had them live in Greece, Spain and many places in the U.S., kindling a passion for travel well into the last years of their lives. Often joined by their extended family, their most frequented destinations were Greece, including Crete, the rest of Europe, and Las Vegas, Nevada, where she often celebrated her special birth date among loving family members and friends. In
1964, Angelina and her husband began spending nights and weekends establishing a home building business which has turned into an award-winning company building fine custom homes, and developing residential and commercial land and building in the Metropolitan Washington, DC area as well as in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Guam and Russia.
Angelina partnered with her husband and raised her family with an unwavering regard for excellence. Her acute attention to detail served her well as an executive secretary at the Pentagon, and her keen eye for style had her obtain a license in interior decorating. She will always be remembered by all who knew her as a woman of elegance and class, with a refined sense of perfection.
Angelina is survived by her loving sons and their wives: Theodore (Rachel Sampson), Timothy (Martha Karas), and Anthony (Carol Crandall), and her daughter-in-law Vickie Jacobson, wife of her late son, Thomas. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?n=angelina-f-georgelas&pid=170355112&eid=sp_shareobit#sthash.cG0dCpa7.dpuf