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Maria Xoinis Kythas

September 1, 1932 ~ December 8, 2017 (age 85)

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Maria Xoinis Kythas fell asleep with the Lord early Friday morning, December 8, 2017, surrounded by her family. She was 85 years old.

Born in Karitsa, Evrytanias Greece, she was the daughter of the late Konstantine Xoinis and Eleni Dimopoulos Xoinis. She is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Constantine "Gus" Kythas; her two sons and their wives, Leon and Patti Kolokithas and Harry and Joni Kythas; two brothers and their wives, James and Ellen Xoinis and John and Voula Xoinis; as well as numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Niki Kythas, and her goddaughter, Anita Quinn. Maria was known as Yiayia to her four grandchildren, Marianthe Kolokithas and her boyfriend Eric Richey, Rosie Kickish and her husband Bob, Connor Kythas and his wife Jessica, and Anna Kythas and her fiancé Austin Crisp. She was known as Grandma to so many others within the community.

Mrs. Kythas was preceded in death by her brother, John Nicolou and his wife, Voula; her brother-in-law, Pete Kythas; sister-in-law, Romalea Pisteolis; and brother-in-law, Dimitrios Pisteolis.

Maria immigrated from Greece to the United States in December of 1950 after being orphaned during the Greek civil war. She was brought to Augusta, GA by her uncle and aunt, the late Nick and Olympia Demos, where she met her husband in the summer of 1951.

Maria and her husband moved to Greenville and opened and operated the Rainbow Drive-In restaurant for over 50 years, along with Gus' brother, Pete Kythas, and his wife Niki, and Jimmy Hrysikos.

Maria lived a long and fulfilling life full of joy and happiness. She was named the Best Baklava Maker in her family and enjoyed making pita for her husband. She loved to crochet and made each of her granddaughters a bedspread for their future home.

Mrs. Kythas was a parishioner at Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, where she was an active member of the St. Barbara Philoptichos Society and the Daughters of Evrytania. As a member of the Philoptichos, she received the Bess Melehes Manos Memorial Award for service to church and mankind based on her love for the Church and her devotion to helping others in need.

A visitation will be held Sunday, December 10, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with Trisagion starting at 7:00 p.m. at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown. The funeral service will be held Monday, December 11, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Downtown Chapel of Thomas McAfee Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 406 North Academy St., Greenville, SC 29601.

Visitation

DEC 10. 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Thomas McAfee Funeral Home - Downtown Chapel

639 North Main Street

Greenville, SC, US, 29601

Trisagion

DEC 10. 07:00 PM

Thomas McAfee Funeral Home - Downtown Chapel

639 North Main Street

Greenville, SC, US, 29601

Funeral Service

DEC 11. 11:00 AM

Thomas McAfee Funeral Home - Downtown Chapel

639 North Main Street

Greenville, SC, US, 29601

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