Mary Taxiarchis

PORTLAND – Mary Taxiarchis passed away peacefully on April 8, 2019 at her home in the company of her family after a long battle with chronic illness. She was surrounded by friends and family in her final days.

Mary was born in Lewiston on April 24, 1932, to Louis and Georgia Taxiarchis. After her father’s passing, she moved to Lynn, Mass. where she grew up on her uncle’s turkey farm. Later, she moved with her mother to New York City where she attended the Washington Irving Fine and Applied Arts Program. During her time at Washington Irving, she received several awards in academics, art, and design, most significantly an award for dress design from Saks Stores, owners of Saks 5th Avenue. This led to a career in design starting out as a tracer for several New York designers and culminating as Vice President for Style and Design for National Gypsumʼs Decorative Products Division.

Mary wed Anthony Chourlenis in 1970, a union that spanned 35 years until Tony’s passing in 2005. They had no children but spent many years doting on their nieces and nephews and enjoyed the busy life of N.Y.C. as well as traveling to visit friends and family or to attend Tony’s military reunions.

Mary moved to Maine in 1983 to help care for her mother. She continued to pursue her art primarily in needlepoint, knitting and crochet, but also in ceramics and stained glass. She attended both the Portland and Lewiston Greek Orthodox Churches. She dedicated much of her time and resources to helping those in need, both people and animals.

Mary is predeceased by her parents, Louis and Georgia; her husband, Tony; and her younger brother, John.

She is survived by her brother, Louis Taxiarchis; niece, Elizabeth and her husband, William York, and nephew, Nick and his wife, Brenda Taxiarchis, all of Buxton, and also by her nephew, John Taxiarchis and his family of Wayland, Mass.

Maryʼs family would like to extend sincere thanks to the staff of Home Instead Senior Care for the loving care they provided to Mary in the final years of her life, and also to the staff at Hospice of Southern Maine for their care in her final days. Services will be held privately.

Online condolence messages can be submitted at the Chad E. Poitras Cremation and Funeral Service website,

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the

Good Shepherd Food Bank,

3121 Hotel Rd.,

Auburn, Maine 04210

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