Christiane V. Dybvik

May 19, 1938 - July 29, 2015
Christiane V. Dybvik

Christiane Dybvik, 77, of Wilmington died unexpectedly July 29 in Winston-Salem while vacationing in the Carolina mountains.

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 U.S. 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 has been active in Newcomer’s, Cape Fear Garden Club, the 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 11 am Tuesday, Aug. 4 at the 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.


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  • August 03, 2015
    Sheila Youngblood says:
    Russ and family My heart broke when I heard the news this morning of Chris's passing! I know I speak for all of us at the office when I say that she was such a pleasure to know! She always had a smile, no matter how bad she felt. Please know that you and the family will be in my (our) thoughts and prayers, and if you need anything please do not hesitate to call. She will truly be missed! With hugs and sympathy, Sheila Youngblood (Dr. Karras's nurse)

  • August 01, 2015
    Martha and Jim Andrews says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • August 01, 2015
    Doug and Kara Johnson says:
    Our deepest condolences and prayers for Gods comfort. All our love to Terry and his whole family.

  • August 01, 2015
    Bonnie Faler says:
    Russ and family, I am so sorry for your loss. It's such a shock to me as I know it is to you. Can't imagine Garden Club meetings without Chris. She was such a part of everything I did for years. One of my favorite co workers. We always had fun....from the Hospice Tree to flower arranging to the cook book. She will be missed.

  • August 01, 2015
    Glass/Guy says:
    Expressions of Sympathy Glass/Guy has sent this Expressions of Sympathy card.