Mary K. Macrides, 78, bank teller and homemaker

May 17, 2006

Mary K. Macrides, a former bank teller and homemaker, suffered a heart attack Friday while visiting relatives and was pronounced dead at St. Joseph Medical Center. The longtime Bel Air resident was 78.

Mrs. Macrides was born Mary Kanaras in Sparta, Greece, and after completing her education began working as a bank teller for the International Agricultural Bank of Athens.

She came to Baltimore in 1952, and the next year married Peter Macrides, who is a partner in the Red Fox, a popular Bel Air restaurant.

Mrs. Macrides was an active member of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation in Baltimore and taught in its language school.

She also was a member of an organization that was planning to establish a Greek Orthodox church in Bel Air.

"She was known for her attractiveness, cheerful disposition and eagerness to help others," said a nephew, Lou Panos, a former Evening Sun columnist who writes for The Towson Times.

Services will be held at 12:30 p.m. today at her church, Maryland Avenue and Preston Street.

In addition to her husband, survivors include two sons, Marvin Macrides of Berlin and Thomas Macrides of Pasadena; a daughter, Marcia Mensh of Forest Hill; a brother, George Kanaras of Bel Air; two sisters, Georgia Foudos of Towson and Vasso Delis of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

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