Former first lady Mimi Kyprianou, widow of the late president Spyros Kyprianou, died on Monday. She was 89.
Born in Veria Greece, she studied English literature in London where she met Kyprianou, then a student of law, and returned to Cyprus with him where he became one of the island’s best-known politicians.
In an announcement, Diko – which her husband founded in 1976 – noted that Mimi had stood by his side as a companion and supporter throughout the veteran politician’s involvement in public life. The party paid tribute to Mimi as low key and modest who had left her mark here and graced her role as first lady from 1978 to 1988 – Cyprus’ first, as Spyros Kyprianou succeeded Archbishop Makarios to the presidency.
“She was known for her love of the country, her kindness, philanthropy and simplicity. She loved Cyprus and its people deeply and Cyprus reciprocated this love since throughout her life she was appreciated and respected,” Diko added.
Mimi Kyprianou is survived by her sons Achilleas and Markos.
President Nicos Anastasiades took to Twitter to express his condolences, while Disy paid tribute to the deceased’s dedication and work for others through a host of charitable organisations.