Christiane ‘Chris’ Dybvik, 77, Belgium native remembered as ‘ingenious floral arranger’

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Christiane "Chris" Dybvik
Christiane “Chris” Dybvik

Christiane “Chris” Dybvik, of Wilmington, died unexpectedly July 29, 2015, in Winston-Salem while vacationing in the Carolina mountains. She was 77.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Russell; daughter, Catherine Henry (Peter); son, Terry Dybvik (Catherine); sister, Nicole Vangheluwe; two grandchildren; one niece; and five nephews.

Born May 19, 1938, in Belgium, Chris attended school in Brussels before embarking on a career as a decorator, French teacher, ingenious floral arranger and gourmet cook.

She and Russ met in Djakarta in 1961 where she was the daughter of a Belgian diplomat and he was UPI manager for Indonesia. They married two years later in Brussels and lived several years in Europe before moving to Washington, D.C.

While in Europe, Chris trained as a decorator in a several elite shops and later worked as an interior decorator and consultant in the United States. Her culinary skills shined while entertaining Washington dignitaries as Russ served as senior diplomatic correspondent for the U.S. Information Agency.

Since moving to Wilmington, Chris was active in the Wilmington Newcomers Club, Cape Fear Garden Club, N.C. Azalea Festival’s annual Garden Tour and Scene III. Some of her recipes are in the Cape Fear Garden Club’s Christmas Tea Cookbook.

A celebration of Chris’ life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, at Wilmington Funeral and Cremation Chapel, 1535 S. 41st Street.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Chris’ name to Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, Grace Methodist Church, 401 Grace St., Wilmington, NC 28401.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Wilmington Funeral and Cremation.

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