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Vasiliki Souvall Vetas

Vasiliki Souvall Vetas (“Bess”) entered eternal life on Sunday, May 17th, 2020 after a courageous battle against the COVID-19 virus.

 Bess was born April 7th, 1933 to Nicholas and Helen Souvall in Salt Lake City, Utah. As a first-generation child of immigrant parents, she entered elementary school speaking only Greek. However, her intelligence, charisma, and willingness to learn allowed her to quickly overcome this challenge, where she soon became fluent in English and a most popular youth.

 By the time she attended East High School she was an excellent student and was crowned prom queen, with the honor to address her entire graduating class on stage.

Shortly thereafter, she took a position as an Operator with American Telephone and  Telegraph Company until she met the love of her life, Basil Vetas (a returning Korean War hero and successful business entrepreneur), while attending the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Salt Lake City. They were soon married and began raising a family.

Bess was a model caretaker who carried with her a toughness to mentor five independent, successful children. This became her life. She completely dedicated her life to her husband, her children and later on her grandchildren until she could no more. She wanted her children to learn all about life so in their youth, she provided them lessons for skiing, ice-skating, art, classical music, tennis, swimming, and golf. Bess also became active with the Utah Tennis Association, managed a clothing department at ZCMI, assisted her husband with three businesses, and still found time to enjoy her garden. Her character was marked by fairness, stubbornness, courage, and willingness to love.

 Despite battling memory loss in her later years, Bess never lost the charisma and joy of her youth, as she maintained many warm friendships and never failed to brighten every room. Bess will be remembered for her beauty, her charm, her amazing interest in all subjects and the joy she gave to her family and friends with an open heart.

Bess was preceded in death by her husband Basil Vetas in July 1988, her son Nick Vetas in January 2006, and her sister Kally Souvall Politis in 2007.

She is survived by her children; Eleni Vetas, Sam Vetas, George Vetas and his wife Tallie, and Ismene Vetas; her grandchildren Lt Col Jack Alexander Vetas and wife Heather and four children, Basil Vetas and Gordon Vetas (mother Linda Bult); and her siblings George Souvall and wife Mary and children, and Magdeline Souvall Chelemes and her husband Chris and children.

 Bess’s family extends their heartfelt gratitude to the amazing staff and health care workers on the front line risking their lives every day at The Ridge Senior Living in Salt Lake City along with their incredible hospice nurses, medical staff, and her doctors.

A private funeral service will be held for the immediate family at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Transfiguration, Ogden Utah.

 Interment Aultorest Memorial Park, Ogden, Utah.

 In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Bess’ memory to the Greek Orthodox Church of the Transfiguration, 674-42nd Street Ogden, Utah, 84403.    

  God grant Bess a grace-filled journey and rest in paradise. You have finished the race and left the world better than you found it. We love you and you will be missed dearly. May your memory be eternal.

Services under the care of Leavitt’s Mortuary, Ogden, UT

Condolences may be shared with the family at www.leavittsmortuary.com


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My sincere condolences to Eleni after the loss of your mother. Eleni and I shared the Big Pit at the Chi Omega house at USU. You were always so kind to me, Eleni, and I now mourn with you in your loss. May you be flooded with wonderful memories of your mother. Much love.

Camille Fronk Olson Jun 28 2020 12:00 AM

Vetas Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I loved your Mom (and Dad). I loved working for them. It was my very first job. Basil taught me so much about business and life. Sam, I always loved walking into your house and being so warmly greeted by your "Very Beautiful" Mom. She was so kind and always had to to talk. The world needs more people like Mrs. V. She will be missed. So thankful our paths crossed. Nothing but very pleasant memories for her and the entire Vetas Family. My most sincere thought and prayers are with you at this time.
Bill R Alvey

Bill May 23 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Sam and family,

We are so very sorry to hear of the loss of Bess. We extend our most sincere condolences. The entire amazing Vetas family is in our prayers.

With love,
Kerrigan family

Mike Kerrigan May 23 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Sam and family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Bess treated me just like a son, and was always so kind and caring as i got to spend time with you and your family. All of you are in my prayers and thoughts. You guys are a great family, and i so appreciate your kindness to me whenever i was at your home when we were growing up. My very best to you Sam.

Don Shaw May 22 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Vetas Family, my dad was George Stamos and him and your mother were cousins. I am so sorry to read that she had passed away. I always thought she was so beautiful and kind. It must have been so hard not being able to see and hold her! I am sending my love and sympathy. May you always have sweet memories of her. Love, Kathryn Stamos Erekson

kathy.erekson@gmail.com May 22 2020 12:00 AM

Our hearts go out to Bessie's family. She was a beautiful and kind woman. We celebrate that she was so blessed to have a loving family and that all of you were blessed to have had her in your lives. Eternal peace to Bessie.
Maria, Rania and John George

Rania May 22 2020 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss! Your mother was the kindest woman and I am so grateful to have known her. May your family have peace at this difficult time. I will always remember your mom and Zeus in the memory support part of her community. Her innocence and love of animals was very touching.
Sheryl Johnston

Sheryl May 22 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Family,
Vasiliki was one in a million and never stopped I believe to even nap. I remember her as a child when all of us kids would go to Vetas's Drive Inn and if she learned you were a Greek, she wanted all of your history. She loved life so much, and always a hard worker. I remember also one time when she was angry with the Weber High students across from Vetas's Drive Inn, and said, well, I was once a kid too.
Everyone who knew her, and her family, and relatives, my deepest condolences.
Madeline Pappas Coleman

Madeline Pappas Coleman May 21 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Vasiliki Vetas

Madeline Pappas Coleman May 21 2020 12:00 AM

May her life be eternal and everyone just remember all their good memories of her.
Madeline Pappas Coleman

Madeline Pappas Coleman May 21 2020 12:00 AM

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