Toula Poulos Souvall, beloved wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother (Yiayia), great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, passed away peacefully at home at the age of 96 on November 15, 2018. Born to Greek immigrant parents, John and Chrisula Poulos, on October 2, 1922 in Logan, Utah, she graduated from South High School in 1939. She met the love of her life, Andrew W. Souvall and they were inseparable. Toula and Andy were so excited to begin their lives together that they eloped and were later married at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church on July 14, 1940. Andy made her a promise that life would always be an adventure, and it was.
Her family was her life. She raised three children and was completely adored by her grandchildren. great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Toula showered anyone who came in her presence with love and kindness. She was the consummate hostess, throwing parties for holidays, name days, birthdays and other special occasions. She was also the greatest example of strength until the very end.
She cherished her beloved Greek Orthodox Church, and was recently recognized by the Panahaikos Society for her countless years of membership. She had a generous spirit, sitting on many church committees and volunteering at several hospitals, including many years at Holy Cross in the maternity ward. She loved holding those babies!
Toula is survived by her brother and sister, George (Nedra) Poulos and Kula (Bill) Pippas; her children, Connie (Fred) Pantke, Cynthia (Gary) Nicolaysen and Bill Souvall; her five grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Andy; her parents; four siblings; and two beautiful grandchildren, Elyse Pantke White and John Nicolaysen.
Special thanks to all of the caregivers from Summit Hospice who cared for Toula at home, especially Makenna. Also, a very special thanks to her son, Bill, for being by her side.
Visitors may pay their respects on Sunday, November 25, 2018 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Starks Funeral Parlor, 3651 South 900 East, Salt Lake City. Guests are encouraged to use the complimentary valet parking on the south side of the buildling. Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 26, 2018 at 11:00am at Saint Anna’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3015 Creek Rd, Salt Lake City. Interment will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 1342 East 500 South, Salt Lake City.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Saint Anna’s Greek Orthodox Church Building Fund.
May her memory be eternal!