PICKENS — Ann Jean Duncan Poulos, 86, went home to be with the Lord Jesus Christ on Thursday April 13, 2017, at the NHC Healthcare in Greenville, South Carolina after a long illness. She was born in Greenville, S.C., on February 14, 1931 to the late Mr. and Mrs. James Homer Duncan. Mrs. Poulos was the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John S. White of Pickens, S.C. and the late Mr. and Mrs. Jess W. Duncan of Travelers Rest, S.C. She was the wife of John T. Poulos Jr. of Pickens, S.C., for nearly 68 years and is survived by her daughter, Ann Michele Poulos of Pickens, S.C.; sister, Rebecca Duncan Doyle (Edward T., Jr.) of Hockessin, Del.; nieces, Rebecca Henry (Michael J.) of Sicklerville, N.J., Erin Lindsay Doyle of Wilmington, Del., Jackie Gamadanis Fears (Emory) of Forest Park, Ga., and Karen Gamadanis Sturdevant (Kenneth) of Cumming, Ga.; nephews, Matthew Edward Doyle of Newark, Del., and David Gamadanis (Dawn) of Acworth, Ga.; grandnieces, Sarah Anne Henry of Sicklerville, N.J., Olivia Gamadanis of Acworth, Ga., and Ashley Fears Beasley of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; and grandnephew, Michael Andrew Henry of Sicklerville, N.J. Mrs. Poulos was the sister of late Linda Duncan Cox of Woodbury, N.J. She enjoyed life, love meeting people and a great conversationalist. A natural storyteller of our family's history and times, she loved her family and friends most of all. She loved to help others. Her work was rewarding and she thrived on assisting others toward a better quality of life. Her gift was finding the means to provide the necessary services for others. Her compassionate heart for her fellowmen and women was the fuel which ignited her talent. Mrs. Poulos graduated from Spartanburg High School in Spartanburg, S.C. She attended a year at Spartanburg Junior College before marrying John and moving to Clemson University. After his graduation they moved to Richmond, Va., and then to Augusta, Ga., to build the Savannah River Plant with the DuPont Company. Later when her husband and family moved to Wilmington, Del., in 1954 with the DuPont Company, she truly began on her path to serving her community through the various organizations. For every organization she pursued imposed a purpose that transcend the previous achievements. Her belief was to improve others' lives. She assisted in organizing the Kidney Foundation and the Muscular Dystrophy Association in the state of Delaware and served on their boards. She served on the Health Agencies Board for Delaware and Strawbridge & Clothiers Department Store Board. She was president of the New Century Club, the Wilmington Symphony, and the State Federation of Women Clubs. She also served as a Parliamentarian in several organizations. Her artistic talents and the love of flowers guided her to compete and place in flower arrangement and table topic tea shows. She served as a flower show judge in Wilmington Delaware. In her spare time, her love of antiques and history, she served as a guide for 13 years at the internationally known Winterthur Museum of American Decorative Arts in Winterthur, Del. Mrs. Poulos was employed as District Director for Muscular Dystrophy Association for Delaware and Southern New Jersey where she established the first MDA Doctors Clinic at the Alfred I. du Pont Children's Orthopedic Hospital and created the first national MDA Youth Committee. During the Jerry Lewis Telethon, she served as the MDA coordinator for the New York and Canadian broadcasting market, and other regional broadcasting markets. After her husband's retirement, they moved to Easley, S.C., where she continued her community involvement and served as President of the Pickens Historical Society and served on the committee that established the Hagood-Mauldin Historical House and Irma Morris Museum of Fine Arts in Pickens, S.C.; Regent for Daughters of the American Revolution Fort Prince Charles Chapter, Easley, S.C.; and for the United Daughters of the Confederacy James L. Orr Chapter, No. 1687, Central, S.C. In her later years her husband and she lived in Cave Creek, Ariz., for a decade then returned to Pickens six years ago. She was a member of the Easley First Baptist Church. The family extends their deepest thanks to the doctors and staff at the Bon Secours Saint Francis Downtown and at the NHC Healthcare of Greenville for their professional practice and committed care. She is greatly loved and admired by her family and friends, and will truly be missed by all of us. Visitation will be Saturday April 22, 2017 from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at Dillard Funeral home. Services will follow in the Dillard Funeral Home chapel at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations made to The Pickens County Historical Society, P.O.Box 775, Pickens, SC 29671; Easley First Baptist Church, East 300 First Avenue, Easley, SC 29640; or The Ladies Mission Group at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 620 Pleasant Grove Road, Pickens, SC 29671. Pall bearers will be Edward T. Doyle, Matthew E. Doyle, Michael C. Gerald, Robert N. Williams Jr., Bradley Williams, Del King, Michael J. Henry and George Bryant. Honorary Pall Bearers will be John McIntyre, Ray Thompson, Parker Haskett, Michael Tate, David Gamadanis, Philip Craig, Emory Fears, Jeffrey Filmon, Michael Tate, Kenneth Sturdevant, and Nicolas Peck.
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