Elpida "Hope" Carabitses

Elpida "Hope" Carabitses 84 of Warwick, passed away peacefully on Tuesday October 24th at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence. She was born in Samos, Greece and had resided in Rhode Island for 50 Years. Hope was a member of the Annunciation Church in Cranston. She is survived by her son Bert Carabitses and his wife Pauline of Cranston and cherished grandson Alexander Carabitses. She also leaves behind nieces and nephews in Greece and Australia. Relatives and friends are invited to attend funeral services on Friday October 27th at 10:00am in The Church of the Annunciation 175 Oaklawn Avenue Cranston. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers donations to Hope Hospice and Palliative Care of Rhode Island (Philip Hulitar Hospice Center) 1085 North Main Street Providence, Rhode Island 02904 would be appreciated.

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Peter, Isabelle and Alexander Dickson - 10/26/2017

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of my aunt Elpida.

Aside from my parents, my aunt was the greatest early influence in my life and in her few years in Sydney, Australia, presented a happy, carefree and independent alternative life to that provided by my own parents.
She was a vivacious and free spirit and as a small child I enjoyed spending time with her when she took me on various trips around Sydney, introduced me to movies and basically treated me with respect. I felt “grown up” when I was with her.

I was distraught when she left for the USA, to an unknown life where, indeed, she found love and made a family.

I’ll never forget her visit to Australia in the mid 1990’s when she would have been in her mid 60’s, when we went to a open range zoo and she wanted to pat a kangaroo which was peacefully munching on grass. That kangaroo did not want to be disturbed and reared back on its tail. I had a vision of the kangaroo clawing her with its powerful hind legs. But my diminutive aunt was not deterred and I had to step between kangaroo and aunt, like a referee with arms outstretched, “come on you two, walk away now”!

In her visits to Australia, Aunt Elpida was an active older person, who preferred to walk for exercise, even on the hilly streets around the suburb. Regretfully, I was not able to see her in person in recent years, but over the telephone she remained a feisty and outspoken woman who was never reticent to share her views on any issue, from the personal to the political. I admire those qualities and although she could be viewed as a “difficult” woman, I believe her words were always spoken with love.

Her influence has gone beyond her immediate family and will continue to ripple on into the future. Through her I see hope for us all.

It is difficult to lose a parent, mother, grandparent, and I wish Bert, Pauline and Alexander the best at this difficult time.

Go well Thia Elpida.

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