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Diane Pappas

Camarillo, CA

Diane (Adamantia) Pappas, born on December 19, 1949, passed away peacefully in her home on June 6, 2018 in Camarillo, California, in the company of her family and priest. Diane was a beloved mother, grandmother, wife, teacher and friend. The light of her love, wit, intellect and humor will be deeply missed but never forgotten.

Diane was born in the Greek village of Licouria and came to America at six years old, when she was adopted by her aunt and uncle, Aleco and Theoni Tujios of Salt Lake City, Utah. Diane raised two children, Nicholas Papaefthimiou and Alexander Papaefthimiou. Nicholas is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California at Berkeley, and works as an architect, professor and developer in Oregon. Alexander is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles and University of San Diego, and works as an attorney in California.

Diane graduated from the University of Utah and, while raising her children, obtained her Juris Doctorate Degree from Whittier College of the Law, summa cum laude, as salutatorian of her class and editor in chief of the Whittier Law Review. She was a practicing attorney for thirty years and helped many in the areas of family law, wills, trusts and estates.

May her memory be eternal.

Diane's greatest loves were her family, friends and faith. She was a Sunday school and Greek school teacher for St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church and shared her love of God and knowledge of numerous beliefs, philosophies and religions of the world with her students, family and friends. She served as the Church's legal counsel, was a member of the Parish Council and served as President, and donated much of her time to the Church. She was also instrumental in building the new Church on Woodcreek Road and obtaining the land for the use of her community.

Diane is survived by her husband Kosta Defterios; ex-husband Demetrios Papaefthimiou; children Alexander and Nicholas Papaefthimiou; brothers Andrew Tujios [Hawaii] and Miltiadis Papaioanou [Greece]; and sister Litza Michailidis [Greece]. She also leaves behind three grandchildren, whom she cherished: Nikolas, age 9; Margaret, age 8; and Helen, age 4.

Trisagion will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 17 at Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 5575 Santa Rosa Rd., Camarillo. Her funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 18, also at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. Interment will follow at Conejo Mountain Memorial Park, Camarillo. Donations and flowers may be sent to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. For more information, call St. Demetrios at (805) 482-1273.

May her memory be eternal.

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