Despina Manikas passed away on Friday August 4, 2017.
She was born in Kalloni on the Greek island of Mytelene.
Despina was educated in Greece and grew up with deep roots in the Greek Orthodox Church where her choral talent was a key part of every church service.
At the age of 18, she married James Manikas and moved to the Haverhill area, living in Groveland for most of her life. Together they managed and renovated real estate. When elementary school students at the Shanahan School studied world cultures Despina was invited to speak to third graders about Greek history and culture. This opportunity to share her experiences with youth meant a lot to her. Despina was a member of the Sts. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church and served as a committee member for the church’s first Holiday Fair. Helping the church was very important given her strong religious roots.
Despina loved being outdoors and was an avid flower and vegetable gardener. She enjoyed flower arranging, knitting, crocheting, embroidery and was a very talented chef. She also had a great fondness for animals, especially homeless ones as evidenced by repeated shelter adoptions.
Despina’s kindness, compassion and ability to ease another’s burden will be lovingly remembered. She will be missed by all, especially her loving shih-tzu.
She was the wife of the late James Manikas who died in 2008 and her survivors include a daughter, Christina Manikas of Groveland, and several nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend her calling hours on Thursday, August 10, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home, 106 Summer St., Haverhill. Her funeral will be held on Friday morning, August 11, beginning at 9 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by a Funeral Service at 10 a.m. in Holy Apostles Sts. Peter & Paul Greek Orthodox Church, 154-156 Winter St., Haverhill. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, Haverhill. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Nevins Farm Canine Fund, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844. To share a memory or for more information please visit www.farmerfuneralhomes.com.
Published on  August 9, 2017