Doukissa Margelis Obituary, Death – Our dearly adored Doukissa, often known as the “Duchess,” passed away peacefully in the hospital with her family by her side. We take solace in the knowledge that the spiritual guardian of our family, Taxiarchis, also known as the Archangel Michael, was with Doukissa when she went to live with her Heavenly Father. In the late 1960s, Doukissa and her late husband George made the journey to Toronto to start a new life.
She worked for many years in a career where her dedication was recognised and from which she retired many years later, despite having only few finances and doing so while also raising their daughter. Doukissa was a wise and caring woman, and she and her husband both desired for their daughter to have access to any and all opportunities that they could possibly make possible for her. Beginning in the early 1970s, Doukissa was a parishioner at St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church in addition to being a member of the church’s Philoptochos, which is the church’s women’s auxiliary that is dedicated to assisting those who are in need.
As a way for her to show her love for the Church, she volunteered endless hours of her time helping out in every way that she could. Through the years, her sense of humour and pleasant demeanour helped to forge close ties with parishioners, and her cooking became almost legendary. She was known for making memorial cake (kolyva), rice pilaf for memorial makaries, loukoumades, meals for the Saturday Greek school students, and she also took pride in preparing almost gourmet dishes for Parish clergy.
This extended ‘family’ has honoured Doukissa by being God’s instruments of friendship and strength, providing priceless support to both her and her family in countless different ways. Despite the fact that the family unit was small, Doukissa’s circle of friends and her Church friends became family. During these especially difficult times during her long illness, and now upon her dormition, this extended ‘family’ has been there for her. Now that she has passed away. We are filled with awe and gratitude for our good fortune.