Mary H. Koumaris | Beaufort County Now | Mrs. Mary Frances Heath Koumaris, age 76, a resident of Chocowinity, NC died Wednesday August 5, 2020 at her home. | mary koumaris, chocowinity, place of residence, august 6, 2020

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Mary H. Koumaris

April 26, 1944 - August 5, 2020

    Mrs. Mary Frances Heath Koumaris, age 76, a resident of Chocowinity, NC died Wednesday August 5, 2020 at her home.

    A memorial service for family will be held at a later date.

    Mrs. Koumaris was born in Pitt County on April 26, 1944, daughter of the late Robert Heath and Mary Carliles Shaffer. She was a graduate of Hampton High School in Virginia and worked in the accounting field. On August 6, 1981 she married Christopher "Chris" Koumaris who preceded her in death on July 4, 2020. Mrs. Koumaris loved family, was always willing to give, loved dogs and was a wonderful granny to five grandchildren. She had a crazy personality and loved a good joke. She always made any house a home, which she decorated beautifully, and was a wonderful southern cook.

    Survivors include her children: Mark A. Johnson of Hampton, VA, Juli J. Gravitt (Billy) of Kitty Hawk and Blake A. Johnson of Hampton, VA; two brothers: Freddy Heath (Cheryl) of Missouri and James Shaffer of Washington; two sisters: Gail Edwards (Ray) of Washington and Judy Picard (Larry) of Stella; her step-mother: Dorah Glisson of Winterville; a half-sister: Deborah H. Caton of Washington; five grandchildren: Christian Gravitt, Rachael Reid (Tyler), Dylan Mayo, Danielle Mayo and Skylar Gravitt and many nieces and nephews.

    In lieu of flowers the family kindly asks that memorial contributions be made to American Diabetes Association, 2418 Blue Ridge Road, Suite 206, Raleigh, NC 27607; Beaufort County Humane Society, P.O. Box 33, Washington, NC 27889 or AFSP, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, North Carolina Chapter, 8311 Brier Creek Parkway, Suite 105-430 Raleigh, NC 27617

    Online condolences may be offered to the family by visiting

    Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington is honored to serve Mrs. Koumaris' family.


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