Demetria Kalonturas Deoudes
Demetria Kalonturas Deoudes
  • January 14, 1928 - November 29, 2017
  • Carmel Valley, California

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Demetria K. Deoudes
January 14, 1928 - November 28, 2017
Carmel Valley, California

Demetria K. Deoudes, surrounded in her last days by her family, died after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Washington, D.C. to James and Georgia Kalonturos, she was the second of three children, and the breadwinner in her family beginning at the age of fifteen when her father, a World War I veteran, died and her older brother, Nicholas, joined the Navy.

Dee, as family and friends knew her, was very proud of the fact that she served as the successful head of her family at this early age and she was equally fulfilled as a result of her later work for eight years as an administrative assistant in Washington, D.C. with the United States State Department.

On June 14, 1952, Dee married her childhood sweetheart, James P. Deoudes, and their sixty-five year marriage was blessed with the birth of a daughter and two sons. Together their partnership led to rich and rewarding family relations, and significant achievements in the family business.

If an official biographer were asked what Dee was like-the consensus would be, simply put, that she was a good woman, possessing plain, clear, unvarnished, uncomplicated values that made for a rich and rewarding life. She loved God, hard work, her family and her friends. For years, she served as a past president and board member of the Philoptochos Society of St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Salinas.

Another clue to Dee's strength and resilience to the end, besides her religious beliefs, was her artistic creativity. No matter what Dee touched-a family reunion, a church luncheon, the decoration of her home, her attire, her choice of gifts for family members-there was an artist's beauty surrounding it. Dee made her love of beauty a part of everyday life. It was this artistic nature, which gave her the continued capacity for self-renewal.

Dee was also a superb hostess and cook. Without a recipe, she could transform any standard "American" fare into a gourmet delight. However, her family was especially dazzled by her Greek dishes, particularly pasticho, mousaka, baklava and koulourakia.

Dee is survived by her husband James, daughter Renee (Richard) Kezirian, sons Peter (Ruth) Deoudes and Christopher (Toni) Deoudes, and grandchildren Adrienne Kezirian, Marisa Kezirian, Zoe Deoudes and Allison Deoudes.

There will be a private family service in the near future and a memorial luncheon at a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations in her memory sent to the donor's favorite charity.