, Salem, MA

June 24, 2013

Sally (Malliaros) Robinson, 85

Lowell and Danvers, MA — Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother Sally (Pelekasis) (Malliaros) Robinson, 85, a member of a well-known Greater Lowell family, died Thursday morning in Lowell at a local nursing home.

She was the beloved wife of James A. Robinson Jr. of Danvers and the widow of the late Aristomenis “Minnie” Malliaros, who died in 1993.

Born in Lowell, Mass., November 15, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Victor and the late Ethel (Kanavos) Pelekasis. She attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School, Class of 1946.

As a young lady, Sally worked at Cherry and Webb’s Department store. She later opened a women’s department in Malliaros Clothing Company of Lowell, where she worked with her husband, Minnie for many years. “That’s what they’re wearing” was heard from Sally often.

A former member of Mt. Pleasant Golf Club and Longmeadow Golf Club, Sally played golf at Vesper Country Club for many years and won the prestigious Lamson Cup twice.

A terrific cook, she made fabulous spanakopita along with many other Greek specialties.

Sally enjoyed the atmosphere at Rockingham Park, and she loved to travel. She vacationed in Miami Beach and Las Vegas in the days of Jackie Gleason and Elvis. Wearing a kerchief with the roof down in Minnie’s 1960 Pontiac Bonneville, she drove to New Rochelle, N.Y., to visit her big sister, Mary Rallis, and it was a road trip she made often and cherished.

Besides her husband, Sally is survived by a daughter Gail Malliaros–Golec and her husband, Hank of Pelham, N.H.; two sons, Atty. George A. Malliaros and his wife, Iris of Dracut, and Victor A. Malliaros of Pepperell; five grandchildren, Joshua L. Richardson, Frances A. Cesar, Leah Malliaros, Zoe Malliaros, and Ari Malliaros; three great-grandchildren, Sergio D. Richardson, Avah Cesar and Alexa Cesar; four stepchildren, Diane Bender of Nashua, N.H., Craig Robinson and his wife, Susan of Topsfield, Andrew Robinson and his wife, Judy of Marblehead, David L. Douglass and his wife, Dr. Nanette Lashay of Portola Valley, Calif.; three sister-in-laws, Lillian Pelekasis of Lowell, Connie Pelley of Chelmsford, and Demetra Harvalos of Long Beach, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also the sister of the late Florence Pelekasis, the late Charles Pelley, Mary Rallis, Chris Pelley, and John Pelley.

ARRANGEMENTS: Friends may call at the O'Donnell Funeral Home, 276 Pawtucket St., Lowell, from 4 to 8 p.m., Monday. Her funeral will take place from the funeral home on Tuesday at 9 a.m., followed by her Funeral Service at the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Lowell at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the Westlawn Cemetery. For directions or to send condolences, please visit

Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, Fr. Sarantos Way, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane, 978 or 866-458-8768.