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1927 Arma 2016

Arma P. Tsoumas

November 15, 1927 — May 27, 2016

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Tsoumas, Arma 88 Nov. 15, 1927 May 27, 2016 Arma "Hermione" was a wonderful wife, mother, YiaYia and sister. She was the ninth of ten children, born in Chicago. Arma worked many interesting jobs from a switchboard operator, a bank page and at the famous Peacock Jewelers in Chicago. But her best work by far was how she loved her family. It was in Chicago that she met her husband, Stan. Stan's boss had been telling him about a "nice Greek girl" that was working at a shop across the street. Arma and Stan spent their first date dancing at a social in the Greek church hall. The couple then married in September of 1956. Throughout their marriage, Arma and Stan opened and operated many restaurants. They started their family in Indiana where they had three of their four children. During a trip to Oregon in June of 1964, Arma fell in love with the state and by Labor Day of the same year they packed up the station wagon and moved to Portland. They settled into their home in Northeast Portland where they would spend the next 50 years together. Arma was the most vibrant 89 year old, and she would always speak her mind. She never uttered a cross word about anyone and she truly had the most kind and giving heart. She spent many years working at the Greek festival and the Philo house, and her favorite charity was Kids 'N' Cancer's Camp Agape, which provides memorable experiences for kids who are fighting cancer. Arma's eyes would light up at any opportunity to talk to others about the program. She went on daily walks with the sole purpose of finding lost coins along the way. This "found money" would go directly into her Kids 'N' Cancer fund. She is survived by her husband, Stan; children, Jim Tsoumas of Portland, Andreas Tsoumas of Portland, Marina Anderson of Aurora and Eleonora Falchini of Florence, Italy; and grandchildren, Matthew Anderson, Steele Tsoumas, and Gabriele and Elektra Falchini. She was preceded in death by her eldest grandson, Nicholas Anderson. Please make donations in lieu of flowers to the Camp Agape Kids 'N' Cancer Fund through the Philoptochos of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral.

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