Evelyn Dragas How, 86, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. She was born in Norfolk to the late Gregory George Markos Dragas and Helen Papadakis Dragas, Greek immigrants from Naxos and Piraeus.
At age 5, Evelyn and her siblings traveled to Greece with their mother to meet their relatives for the first time. A two-year visit was extended when World War II came to Greece, and they were unable to return until World War II and Greece’s ensuing civil wars ended. Back in the U.S., Evelyn learned English at age 14 as a student at Maury High School. This experience made her an understanding, sympathetic English as a Second Language teacher 41 years later at the Virginia Beach Adult Learning Center. She met this calling with great love and devotion until the need for a liver transplant in 1997. Miraculously, she was a 21-year transplant survivor!
Evelyn loved travel, languages, art, tennis and gardening. Most of all, she loved her family and home. She was blessed to be able to live her final months at home and died surrounded by her loved ones.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Alfred L. How Jr.; three children, Ellen How, Alfred L. How III, Marian How Leavitt, and her husband, RADM Mark Leavitt. She is also survived by her beloved brother, George Dragas, and his wife, Grace, and family, the Mark Dragas family, the Anita Dragas Arvaniti family; and her four adored grandchildren, Raleigh and Mark “Markos” Leavitt Jr. and Cameron and Tristan How.
A Trisagion Service (visitation) will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 26, at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Virginia Beach. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Norfolk. Burial will follow in Eastern Shore Chapel Cemetery, Virginia Beach.
The family wishes to extend special appreciation to Evelyn’s anonymous liver donor and family, Dr. Michael Ryan, Dr. Jack Mavromatis, Angela Underhill Audiology, Patty and all Visiting Angels caregivers, Intrepid Hospice, the ROMEO’s, and our loving family, friends and neighbors who offered support, love, prayers and greatly appreciated meals.
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