Eugenia Thalia Papaconstantinou, age 72, passed away Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at Jennie Sealy Hospital UTMB with her husband at her side. She was born in Florina, Greece on September 23, 1943.
She grew up in Greece, and was one of three children of Dr. and Mrs. Troyan Mirtsou. Her education culminated into a Doctorate of Dentistry from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. It was here where she met her husband of 49 years, John Papaconstantinou. After their marriage, they moved to Oak Ridge, Tennessee where they started their family with the birth of Valerie (1968) and Harry (1969). They remained in Oak Ridge until 1979, when they moved to Galveston, Texas.
Eugenia devoted her energy to her family and community. While working as a research assistant in the Department of Physiology at UTMB, her community activities included volunteer work at the Ronald McDonald House, UTMB Hospital, and the Greek Church.
We will miss her courageous nature, adventurous spirit, infectious laughter, and unwavering love for her family and friends. Eugenia is preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Troyan Mirtsou and Eleftheria Vamvakas-Mirtsou. She is survived by her husband John Papaconstantinou, PhD; children, daughter Valerie Papaconstantinou-Bauer, MD and husband John Bauer, MD; son Harry T Papaconstantinou, MD and wife Susan M Pike, MD; sisters, Cleo Tierris, MD and Koula Fidani, MD; grandchildren, Julian and Ronan Bauer and Gus Papaconstantinou. The family would like to thank Dr. Nancy Hughes and her office staff for their concern and care for Eugenia during her illness.
Visitation will be held Sunday September, 18, 2016 from 5 to 7 pm at J. Levy & Termini Funeral Home, 2128 Broadway, Galveston, Texas. A Trisagion service will immediately follow.
Funeral services will be held on Monday September 19, 2016 at 10 AM at the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 714 19th Street, Galveston, Texas. Father Stelios Sitaras will be officiating all services.
In respect of Eugenia’s wishes, burial services will be conducted in Greece at a later date. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her name to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, PO Box 655, Galveston, TX 77553-0655.