Irene Drizos Lykos 1925-2016 Irene Drizos Lykos passed from her earthly existence on the 14th of October 2016, with the serenity, humility, dignity and grace which typified her life. The proud daughter of immigrants from the island of Chios, Greece, Irene was born in Monessen, Pennsylvania on the 22nd of March 1925, to Mary and George Drizos. She graduated from high school in Monessen, Pennsylvania and attended the University of Pittsburgh. In 1950, Irene married Tom Lykos her husband of 66 years and moved to Austin, Texas, where he was enrolled at the University of Texas School of Law. They moved to Houston in 1951 which Irene would call home for the remainder of her life. Begun before the war, Irene completed her education and graduated from the University of Houston with honors in 1973 while raising her family. Irene's life centered on her commitment to faith, family, friends and the education of children. Irene was at her best in the selfless service to the March of Dimes, the Greek Festival (Chairman), as the decade-long chairman of Food Preparation for the Greek Olympics at St. John's School, as a member of the Philoptochos Society and as Sunday School teacher at the Cathedral. She also helped initiate, organize and then taught at the Annunciation Orthodox School upon its founding in 1970. Irene was universally known among friends for her gifts as a hostess and cook, yet her quieter roles as teacher, volunteer, mother and Yiayia will leave an even deeper influence on generations of young people. Irene animated and enriched a world among a wide circle of children that would not have existed had she not been born. Many friends will recall how her eyes would light up at every opportunity to hold and play with an infant. While investing her own life in every child, Irene knew no greater joy than the part she played in the lives of her three grandchildren - Tommy, Helen and Philip, "the lights of my life". An unconditional love revealed daily and a selflessness silently declared to everyone -- these characteristics came to make Irene a cherished part of each community intersected by her life. As no other she knew the simple, profound power of a kind word. Irene lived the poet's words, "Those graceful acts, Those thousand decencies that daily flow from all her words and actions." She was preceded in death by her parents, beloved son John Patrick Lykos and her brother James Drizos. She is survived by her husband, Thomas J. Lykos, son Thomas J. Lykos, Jr., grandchildren Thomas J. Lykos III, Helen Alexandra Lykos, Philip Constantine Lykos, former daughter in law, April J. Lykos, brother Gus Drizos (Katherine), sister-in-law Christine Sechrist (Carl), sisters-in-law Rosemary Lykos and Jean Drizos and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family at six o'clock in the evening on Wednesday, the 19 October 2016, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston, with the Trisagion Prayers commencing at half-past six o'clock in the evening. Funeral services will be held at half-past ten o'clock in the morning on Thursday, the 20th of October 2016, at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 3511 Yoakum Boulevard in Houston, with the Cathedral Clergy officiating. The interment service will follow, via an escorted cortege, at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery in Houston. Serving as pallbearers will be Gary Moss, James Prappas, Gregory Pappas, Edward Andrews, George Drizos and James Drizos. In lieu of customary remembrances, please send a contribution in honor of Irene Lykos to St. Johns School, 2401 Claremont Lane, Houston Texas, 77019 or Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral. May her memory be eternal! She will be missed.
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