Afrodite Avra Noonan

Died: 2015-08-30
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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, or donations can be sent to Alzheimer’s Association PO Box 96011 Washington, DC 20090-6011.


Shawn, We met your mother only once, at your house, and through our conversations with her were able to clearly detect her deep love for you, Sue, and Summer. Our lasting memory of her is that of the wonderful painting she created of you fishing, with the fishing rod extending outside the frame. What creativity! Cherish her memory forever and be comforted by the knowledge that she loved you deeply. Sincerely, Gerry and Lise
To the Noonan family, My heart goes out to all of you as you mourn the loss of your wonderful mother and grandmother. Avra was beautiful, kind and she will be missed. I enjoyed our conversations when we got together for your family celebrations. She always made a point to ask how MY family was. She was so sweet and I was lucky to know her. God Bless! Theresa V
Hi Shawn Just read your mother's obituary and it was very nice. You sure have great memories of her that will stay with you always. She had a good life most of her time. She sure was a woman of extreme talents and she knew how to share with those whom she loved. She gave a lot to her family especially "LOVE" the most important from a parent. There is always a beginning but unfortunately there is an end. We all know this and have to accept the feeling of losing a loved one. The pain is bad but "GOD" has a way of making it easy to cope and as time goes by, HE heals all pain. At least the memories make a difference when being with family just remembering all the good times you all spent together enjoying your beloved mother. CONDOLENCES TO YOU AND ALL YOUR FAMILY. So SORRY. Love Maureen and Bill Bean
Shawn & Susie Our prayers are with you and your family. Love, Dave & Mary Ann Brangaccio
To all the Noonan Family, I would like to offer my condolences on the passing of Avra. I remember her and your father raising their family in Lowell. She also taught me how to make some of her famous greek dishes. A wonderful neighbor and she has a great family. Linda Patenaude
To the Noonan Family. Our hearts and our sympathy goes out to all of you. Avra and Dick are two of our best friends and will always remain our friends. Although we haven't seen them in the last few years, they are thought of frequently and we will be thinking of you all and keep you in our prayers. Your friends always Dick and Teri Brunelle
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I have very fond memories of your Mom and Dad at the lake. She was always cooking or baking and bringing samples to my Mom and Dad. She was a wonderful woman. Your Dad would come over to visit and then would her the call Dick and he would say coming Avra......I cherish those summers and I know you all cherish your memories....I did not know all of you but she spoke very highly of all her children. Dawn is the one I know most......My condolences to you all....
GOD BROKE OUR HEARTS TO PROVE HE ONLY TAKES THE BEST!! My heart broke as I listened to the message from Dawn. It is the ones who are left behind that hurt. Heaven is rejoicing as the gates opened for THE Avra Noonan. She was a woman who touched so many people and made their lives better. She loved her family. May God be with you all as you face this loss. I love you all! Claudia Mays
What a wonderful neighbor and friend. We shared such great times together from shopping to our chit chat sessions in the backyard.Loved our many fun times at Hidden Harbour. Such a great lady who was loved a lot and will be missed. May she remain with us all through the memories we made over the years. Our love to Dick and family. Love, Diane & Stan Cardinal
Dear Dick and Family: We were very sad to read of the passing of Avra, Sal and I were privileged to know her and always enjoyed her laughter. Our days in the pool and parties at the club house. Dick of course being our President and the best dancer with his best dancing companion Avra. Please know that we will pray for all of you at this sad time. Sal and Ann Norcia

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