BANGOR and PALM BEACH, Fla. – Alma M. Mourkas, 88, wife of the late Thomas D. Mourkas Sr., a prominent New England businessman, died May 18, 2006. Alma was the daughter of Thomas J. Higgins Sr. and Catherine (Steele) Higgins. She was an honor graduate of John Bapst Catholic Girls School. Alma was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church, St. John’s Parish Women’s Club, a former member of St. Mary’s Sodality, St. Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliary, Bangor Symphony Women, and John Bapst Booster Club. She assisted her husband, and later her son, in their business when needed. For 45 years, she enjoyed Palm Beach, Fla. during the winter months and Bangor in the summer. She was a member of the Palm Beach Music Association, the Lourdes Auxiliary, where she volunteered for nearly 30 years, a member of the Auxiliary Board, chaired luncheons, hospitality chairperson for 16 years, and was a desk receptionist before returning to Maine in 2005. She was always elegantly dressed and always wore a hat to match her outfits. She was known as “the hat lady.” In 1956, she resigned as medical secretary to Peter P. Lawler MD of Burlington, Vt., and married Thomas Mourkas. Alma enjoyed bridge, reading, classical music, and traveling with her husband. Their most memorable experience was their audience with Pope Paul VI, where he extended his hand for them to kiss his ring. It was an unforgettable moment. Alma is survived by her son, Frank W. Sprague Jr. and his wife, Anna, of Bangor; two granddaughters, Jessica A. Sprague of Seattle, Wash., and Michele K. Tepper and her husband, Stephen; two great-grandsons, James Sprague Tepper and Jack Tepper, both of Shrewsbury, Mass.; one sister, Virginia E. Winchester; two brothers, Leo J. Higgins and Richard F. Higgins, all of Bangor; three special nieces, Patty Reed, Bev Dubay and Betty Grant; a niece, Cleo Mourkas Kalantigis and Nick, and their family of Naraga, Calif. Alma was predeceased by her parents, three sisters, Mary E. Connor, Catherine I. Brooks and Annie D. Henry; three brothers, Thomas J. Higgins Jr., John H. Higgins, and George W. Higgins; and her first husband, Frank W. Sprague Sr. A special thanks and appreciation to her doctors in Florida; Dr. William Adkins, Dr. Dean S. Mann and Dr. Keith Meyer. Friends are welcome to call 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, May 21, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Monday, May 22, at St. John’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Rudolph Leveille, celebrant. Interment will be in Mount Pleasant Catholic Cemetery, Bangor. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the Brookings-Smith family center, 163 Center St., Bangor after the interment. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com
ALMA M MOURKAS
Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:20 p.m.