Mary Stathopoulos, age 102, died peacefully at Port Healthcare Center, Newburyport on June
27, 2020. She was born in Ipswich March 2, 1918, the daughter of Nicholas and Vasiliki
Stathopoulos of Skla and Kalamata, Greece respectively. Her parents left Greece with their
infant daughter, Olympia, for a better life in America. In Ipswich they lived in mill housing in
‘Pole Alley’. Mary and her siblings Olympia and Alex had many adventures growing up along the
Ipswich River playing with neighborhood friends. Family illness required that Mary and Olympia
leave school around age 15 and get jobs to help support the family. They worked at the Ipswich
Hosiery Mill, which is now EBSCO. After the death of her siblings, she sold her house on Fifth
Ave and moved into Caldwell Nursing Home in Ipswich. When Caldwell closed, she moved to
Port Healthcare Center in Newburyport. In both places she participated in many activities and
she was a positive influence on staff and residents. She kept busy sewing, writing stories, and
doing craft projects. Mary was a life-long member of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek
Orthodox Church. She created uplifting religious messages and sent them to friends and local
churches. She enjoyed Greek cooking and wrote a cookbook of her favorite recipes.
Mary will be remembered as a humorous, generous lady with a ready smile, a lovely
complexion and numerous head scarves. She is survived by several cousins and her dear,
faithful friends Ruth Harkness and Cynthia Brown.
A private funeral service will be held graveside at Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich on July
2nd at 12 noon. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Greek Orthodox
Church, 8 Lafayette Rd. P.O. Box 6, Ipswich, MA 01938, or to a charity of one’s choice.
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