The Garden Island
Notice #: 0001061402-01
Funeral Notices

CORALIE HELEN VELLIS Coralie Helen Vellis (nee Anastasopulos), 92, passed away peacefully at home among family on November 30, 2017. Coralie (Coco)was a vibrant loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend to everyone with whom she whole-heartedly engaged. Coralie was born in Honolulu, graduating in 1943 from Roosevelt HS where she was a song leader. After graduation she married her great love of 64 years, Demetrius John Vellis (Jimmy) and began the adventure of a Navy wife. Coralie relished this role, embracing each new locale and command to which they were sent, serving and volunteering with the Navy Relief Society and as president of both Awa L’au Wahine and the USNA wives’ clubs. A natural performer, Coralie spent over two decades performing in or directing Awa L’au Wahine’s Mardi Gras productions. Her signature song was ”Hello Dolly”. Even before the fitness craze, she pioneered aerobics classes for 11 years at the Kaimuki-Waialae YMCA, choreographing routines to taped music she had compiled. Coralie’s warmth and leadership abilities also led her to serve a term as president of the Hawaii Federation of Republican Women. Fulfilling a lifelong dream, Coralie graduated from UH with honors in 1997 with her eldest grandchild. She enjoyed her volunteer work with the Church of the Holy Nativity and the Assistance League of Honolulu, but her greatest legacy is her love of life and her great love for family and friends. Coco enthusiastically shared her home, her laughs, and her love with family and many strangers who became ‘family’! Coralie was preceded in death by her infant daughter and husband, Jimmy. She is survived by her son, John D. Vellis,II (Nancy), daughter, Thalia Henning (Peter), grandchildren, Alexis Bowen (Kyle), Dena Henning, James Vellis (Yanet), Steven Vellis, Koren Henning, great-grandchildren, Demetrius Henning, Jason, Thalia & Eleni Bowen, and Amado & Mateo Vellis. She is also survived by her sister, Thalia Tuohy and her children, Edward, Shauna, and Peter Tuohy and their children, and nephews Harlan & Rob Evans, Demitri Marmash and other family and Calabash cousins. Coco’s memorial service will be Saturday, January 13th, at 11am at the Church of the Holy Nativity in Aina Haina, 5286 Kalanianaole Hwy, Honolulu, HI 96821. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Honolulu Humane Society, Hospice Hawaii, or a charity of your choice. Arrangements Provided By: Ballard Family Moanalua Mortuary