Helen Mackris Burleigh
Helen Mackris Burleigh
  • February 12, 1931 - December 9, 2016
  • Decatur, Georgia

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Atlanta — Helen (Eleni) M. Burleigh, 85, of Atlanta, passed away Friday, December 9, at 8:00pm at Arbor Terrace of Decatur, following a brief illness.

Helen is pre-deceased by her husband, John Burleigh. She is survived by her two stepchildren, Sarah Alana and John Randall Burleigh, and grandchildren Wallace Perry, John Perry, Becca Burleigh Barnes, and Parker Burleigh.

She also leaves her brother and sister-in-law, Pete and Miriam Metros, niece / godchild, Christine Metros Seymour and niece / namesake Ellene Metros. Helen will also be missed by Christine’s husband Justin and their children Julian and Graham, and godchildren Alec Bishop and Peggy Boylan.

Helen is survived by many close friends and relatives including Solon and Marianna Patterson, George and Dale Patterson, Mary George, Dani Bishop, and former sister-in-law Grace Metros.

Helen was born February 12, 1931 in New York, NY. She is the daughter of the late Jim and Panagiota (Pipitsa) Metropoulos, originally from Kalamata, Greece.

After graduation from Georgia State University, Helen sailed to Europe with Kiki Petropole of Rome, GA, traveling across France, Italy and Greece in the 1950s. From that point on, she was an avid traveler, exploring the US, Europe, Latin America and Asia.

During her early career in shipping, Helen worked in Miami for The Greek Line and for Eastern Steamship Company. Helen later held several roles in First National/Wachovia Bank, at one point becoming President of the Atlanta Women’s Banking Association. She eventually became a Finance Zone Administrator (Controller) of the East Region for Siemens Medical Systems, retiring in the 1990’s. During her career, Helen mentored many ambitious young women.

An active member of Philoptochos (Greek Orthodox Ladies Society), Helen served on the Board of the Philoptochos of the Metropolis of Atlanta, as well as on the National Board. Through her rewarding work with the church and especially the Metropolis of Atlanta, she was honored with several awards including the Archangel Michael Medal.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 14 from 5-7pm at HM Patterson Oglethorpe Chapel. The funeral will be held at 11am on Thursday, December 15 at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation in Atlanta, followed by a graveside service at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs. A traditional “makaria” meal will follow at the Atlanta Hellenic Center.