Mrs. Afrodite “Avra” Noonan (Kevghas) of Lowell, MA and Stuart, FL died peacefully surrounded by her family on August 30, 2015 at the age of 84.
Avra is survived by her devoted husband of 59 years, Richard “Dick” Noonan, loving sister, Florence Kyriazos and her husband Paul of North Chelmsford, MA, daughter Dawn Noonan and her fiancée Jack Ravagno of Middleton, MA, daughter Erin Noonan-Descoteaux and her husband Gregory of Londonderry, NH, son Richard Noonan Jr and his wife Michelle of Dracut, MA, son Shawn Noonan and his wife Susan of Newburyport, MA, grandchildren Ryan Noonan and his wife Tarah, Kimberly Noonan, Jade Jasik and her husband Karl, Ian Descoteaux, Patrick Noonan and Summer Noonan, along with many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Angela and Stephan Kevghas of Lowell, MA and brother Costas Kevghas and his wife Carol of Lowell, MA
Avra was born on March 8th, 1931 in Lowell, MA to Stephan and Angela Kevghas. She married her soulmate Dick on July 13, 1956, and they enjoyed 59 years of marriage. She graduated from Lowell State College with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. She was a beloved teacher at Lowell Public Schools for over 20 years.
Avra was a lover of the arts. She was a celebrated artist, showcasing her paintings at galleries in Florida and the Whistler House Museum in Lowell. While raising her family in the Pawtucketville section of Lowell, Avra would direct backyard productions including all the neighborhood children, along with coordinating the neighborhood Christmas Caroling. She also was a master at the art of cooking, especially Greek food, which she loved to prepare for her family and friends.
Family was truly the most important thing in Avra’s life. She loved nothing more than spending time with her family, whether it was “family days” on Sundays when her children were growing up, or celebrating holidays and special events with her loved ones. A private celebration of life will be held on Thursday, September 3rd for the immediate family only.
Arrangements are through the Mackey Funeral Home, 128 South Main St. Middleton, MA. In lieu of flowers, potted plants can be donated towards a natural garden to be created in Avra’s memory, or
donations can be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association. A tribute page for A. Avra Noonan has been added to www.alz.org, or donations can be sent to Alzheimer’s Association PO Box 96011 Washington, DC 20090-6011.