Mary "Mamie" Apostol, a retired Annapolis restaurateur and mother of former mayor John C. Apostol, died Aug. 31 of congestive heart failure at Anne Arundel Medical Center. The Annapolis resident was 87.
Born in Annapolis, the former Mary Mandris was a 1934 Annapolis High School graduate.
In 1938 she married Cleo Apostol, who died in 1996. The couple operated the Mandris Restaurant in Market Space on the City Dock, which her father opened at that location in 1929.
"Depending on what was happening, if we needed a waitress or hostess, she did it," said her son John Apostol, Annapolis' mayor from 1973 to 1981, who lives in Delray Beach, Fla. "She could run the soda fountain or be the short-order cook. She did the accounting and payroll, too, and she made excellent Greek dishes."
She retired from the business in 1968.
"She was a great cook. Whenever we would visit, she would give us a Greek butter cookie called kourambiethes," said Dennis S. Xenakis, a family friend who lives in Baltimore. "She had a gift with pastry. We always walked away with a little bag of cookies."
Mrs. Apostol also created an outdoor exhibit that brought a smile to Annapolis residents and tourists.
"She and her husband collected Mickey Mouse paraphernalia," said Mr. Xenakis. "At the front of their house, they had everything imaginable - dolls, figures, even cookie jars. Whenever I had people from out of town, I took them past the house. It was mostly weatherproof - and spilled all over the railing."
Mrs. Apostol was a past president of Agia Anna Philoptochos Women's Society at SS. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, where she was an active member and where services were held Thursday.
In addition to her son, she is also survived by another son, Nicholas Apostol of Washington; one daughter, Georgia Yeatras of Winchester, Va.; two sisters, Georgia Nichols of Annapolis and Crossie George of Baltimore; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.