Demetra “Demi” Skinas Stone passed away Dec. 8, 2010, at the age of 48 in Juneau at Bartlett Regional Hospital after a long battle with cancer.
She was born in San Francisco on July 2, 1962. She was the first child of Kosmas and Stavroula Skinas, and married Dale Stone, Jr., on Sept. 22, 2001, in San Francisco at Holy Trinity Church and gave birth to her son, Apollo, on Nov. 15, 2006.
She graduated from San Francisco’s prestigious Lowell High School in 1980. She received business degrees from San Francisco State and Heald College. She worked as an accountant for a variety of employers, as well as Rie Munoz Gallery in Juneau. She lived in California, Alaska, Washington, and loved to travel to Greece to visit with relatives.
Her family wrote her son Apollo was her greatest joy, and that growing flowers and vegetables in Juneau gave her a lot of pleasure and frustration. Sometimes artificial flowers showed up in the garden just for color, according to her family. She always infused life with her Greek heritage which she was very proud of, and spoke fluent Greek. Her sense of humor and “Greek-isms” were incredibly fun, her family stated, and she had a great love for our Lord and taught Sunday school in the Orthodox Church for more than 10 years.
She is survived by her husband Dale Stone, Jr. and son Apollo of Juneau, parents Kosmas and Stavroula Skinas of northern California, brothers Nick (Jennifer) and John (Suzanne) Skinas, father and mother-in-law, Dale and Carolyn Stone of Oregon, stepchildren Dashiel and Tatiana Stone and nieces and nephews Jack, Colton, Kosmas, Sofiana, Zacharias, Gabriella and Ephraim. Her brother John said, “his sister was known everywhere for her bubbly personality and loud, hearty laugh!”
Demetra’s service was held Dec. 14, 2010 at the Alaskan Memorial Chapel. Priest Simeon B. Johnson of the Russian Orthodox Church presided over the service. A private “Celebration of Life” followed in the home of David and Laurel Stone of Juneau.
Her family wrote she loved to sing the Resurrection anthem with her family in San Francisco during the Paschal season. What they may have lacked in tunefulness and harmony, they made up for with volume and enthusiasm. Through the cross Christ has made death temporary and hopeful.
In lieu of flowers, please remember St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, 325 A Sixth Street, Juneau, AK 99801-1113.