Vicky Ballis

April 18, 1923 ~ January 22, 2024 (age 100) 100 Years Old


Vicky Johnson Ballis (Giannakopoulos), age 100, peacefully fell asleep in the Lord on Monday, January 22, 2024.

She was born in the mountain village of Kato Chora near Nafpaktos, Greece.

Vicky immigrated to the United States in 1951. She settled in Houston, Texas after she married Tom Ballis in 1952 and lovingly raised her family. She was active at her beloved church through the Philoptochos Society and especially food preparation for the Greek Festival of Houston. Her friends and family knew her for her delicious Greek food and pastries, especially pastitsio, diples and kourambiedes. She had a gift for growing beautiful flowers and was an accomplished seamstress. She had a deep connection with her pets over the years who she treated like family.

Her greatest joy was her family and was adored by her grandchildren who always looked forward to spending time with her. She took great pride in each and every one .

What made Vicky so special was her positive outlook on life. She would brighten the day of any person she came in contact with. Vicky always saw the beauty in every moment, saw the good in all people and helped those around her do the same.

Above all, Vicky was a woman of great faith; who devoted herself to Christ, family, friends and the church community.

Vicky is preceded in death by her parents Sotiri and Evanthia Giannakopoulos, brothers Tony(Antoni), twin brother John (Yianni), )and Gus (Konstantinos) Johnson (Giannakopoulos), sisters Olga Siamas and Magdalini Kostogiannis.

She is also preceded in death by her sons Billy Ballis and Sam Ballis as well as grandsons Thomas Ballis and Lyle Raymond Scott.

Vicky is survived by her daughter Mary (Theofilos) and grandchildren Pavlos Papavasiliou (Elizabeth), Thanos Papavasiliou (Tiffany), Danielle Ballis Scott, Scott Merwin (Kristen), Vicky Lynn Ballis, great-grandchildren Theophilos and Alexandros Papavasiliou,

Theofilos K. Papavasiliou, Alexander Brown, Dalila Scott, Dylan Scott, Rose Ballis and Lilian Emily Ballis .

Vicky is also survived by her loving sister Sophia Booras and numerous nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to her caregivers Patrice Bell and Angelique Pullin and Father Demetri Tagaropoulos for his love and support.

Visitation will begin at 10 a.m and the funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. on Friday , January 26, 2024 at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 3511 Yoakum Blvd., Houston, Texas.

The interment will follow at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery in Houston.

Those honored to be pallbearers are grandsons Pavlos Papavasiliou, Thanos Papavasiliou,

Scott Merwin, great grandsons Theophilos Papavasiliou, Alexandros Papavasiliou, Alexander Brown as well as Nick Hadjigeorge.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral Altar Fund or Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral Philoptochos, 3511 Yoakum Blvd., Houston Texas 77006.


January 26, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral
3511 Yoakum Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77006

Funeral Service
January 26, 2024

11:00 AM
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral
3511 Yoakum Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77006


Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery
12800 Westheimer Rd
Houston, Texas 77077


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