Mrs. Iris Burns Kokinos, daughter of the late James Burns and Frankie Ellerman Burns was born on April 29, 1927, in Winnsboro, Louisiana. She was the sixth child of nine children. She was a graduate of Winnsboro High School in 1945. Iris always spoke of her fondest memories in Winnsboro with her family and close friends. She was drum majorette her senior year. After graduation, she moved to Monroe, Louisiana where she lived with two of her sisters, and studied to be a nurse.
She met the love of her life and was united in holy matrimony to Spedo Paul Kokinos, Sr. in April of 1949. It was said that it was one of the largest Greek Weddings in Monroe, Louisiana. Her beloved Spedo, preceded her in death on March 13, 2018. This union was blessed with two children.
Iris was an active member of St. Matthews Catholic Church. She was a dedicated member of Catholic Daughters of America for 70 years.
Iris truly lived life to the fullest in simple pleasures: chatting with family and friends, New York crosswords, needlework, embroidering baby quilts for all the newborn in the family and at the request of friends, her love of all sports, especially the New Orleans Saints, the LSU Tigers, and the Neville TIgers. She was an avid reader and studied the bible. She had an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and positive way. Her influence will forever remain in the lives of all who knew her. She quietly departed this life Wednesday January 5, 2023.
Her life will forever be cherished in the lives of her two children: daughter, Mary Kokinos Randazzo (James) in Newport News, Virginia and Spedo Kokinos, Jr. of Atlanta, Georgia, and her loving granddaughter, Catherine Anne Fitzgerald (Peter Benjamin) of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Her Family would like to thank: Michael J. Sampognaro, M.D; Avalon Place Nursing Home for all the excellent care provided over the years; Elara Care Hospice for their support of Iris and the family during this difficult time; Deacon Scott Brandle and Theresa Brandle for their prayers and support over the years; and Mulhearn Funeral Home for assisting us with the kindness and professional care of Mother.
A private graveside service will be held for the family.