(9 August 1950 - 6 October 2021)
Christine Argyrou

Christine was born on 9 August 1950 to her immigrant Cypriot parents Michael and Loulla Stylianou. She was the eldest of 2 children and grew up alongside her brother George in the suburbs of Sydney. She was a loyal daughter and sister who valued family above all else.

Whilst growing up her family constantly moved in search of a brighter future. So much so that she changed schools 7 times during her schooling years, making new friends each time with ease and enthusiasm. Eventually, the family settled into their family home in Harris Road, Five Dock.

Growing up Christine played the piano accordion and displayed her skills at various family gatherings at the insistence of her mother Loulla. Christine worked as secretary at Peak Freens, a biscuit manufacturing company which was fitting since she enjoyed baking herself.

She was crowned Miss Cyprus in 1965 where she attracted the attention of her future husband and life long partner Peter Argyrou. After a short courtship period the pair were married at Saint Sophia church in Paddington on 9 February 1969.

They bought a house in Bass Hill where they started their family. They welcomed their first born child Lisa on 11 November 1971. In 1973, they had their first family holiday overseas to Cyprus. The first of many trips. Shortly after, they welcomed Thomas (the apple of her eye) to the family on 13 March 1974. After a short break, Michelle was born on 15 September 1981. She always said Michelle was the one that kept her young. She adored her children and often said they where the joy of her life. She gave them everything they ever wanted, and nothing was ever too much trouble. She was so proud of all they achieved and always encouraged, supported and guided them. To them she was a leader, teacher, confidant and best friend.

Over the years, the family holidayed between the Gold Coast and Narrabeen beach. They camped at Narrabeen lakes with friends and family for over 15 consecutive years. Each year, the number of tents grew as each person’s family unit grew in size. To cater for the circumstances, the complexity of the tents also evolved into temporary structures with self-made plumbing, showers and kitchen amenities. All who remember these years look back with such fond memories and humorous stories.

In 1993, the family relocated to Hunters Hill where they remained. Christine always had an open door policy throughout the years. She loved entertaining and making people happy. She hosted many an occasion including a 400 person engagement party and multiple bridal showers all effortlessly and with a smile. Her engaging and warm personality always made everyone welcome. Her household always having a sense of fun to all who came and stayed for hours, never wanting to leave. She became the glue that bound her family and friends together throughout the years.
The proudest moments in her life where when her 3 children married their beautiful partners, Peter, Maryann and Christopher. She loved helping to plan their special days and enjoyed every moment of the celebrations. She looked so beautiful in her gowns at each wedding and glowed with pride. She held them all together by giving them the strength to move forward following the passing of her favourite son-in law Peter who she considered her own.

She was later blessed with the birth of 6 grandchildren, Andrew, Krystal, Peter, Joshua, Ross and Michael. Her grandkids were her source of happiness and pride. She allowed her grandchildren to overrun her house with weekend sleepovers, camping within her lounge rooms to allow for early morning wake ups to watch soccer games. After all that, she would then cook them a breakfast of their choice. She especially showed her love through her cooking, the kids loved all her food with the favourites among them being her Rizogalo, Keftethes, Pasticcio, Kourabethes and the infamous midnight pancakes.

She and Peter enjoyed many holidays together across the world, often with close friends, building many wonderful memories along the way. She loved spending time with her friends, often partying to the early hours of the morning and enjoying a long luncheon with her girlfriends. Always a person who could be found on the phone with either a friend or her children, she always had time for everyone.

Christine / Mum/ Yiayia you were our confidant, advisor, teacher, our rock, our glue. Truly an amazing, selfless woman who put everybody else’s needs above her own. You were loved by all. We will love you forever. Gone too soon.