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Antigoni Panayi
Antigoni Panayi served with dedication the post office of Nikoklia for almost seven decades, explicitly from 1092 until 2006. Her work was honored by the director of Paphos Post Office with a bestowal of a plate with the inscription:   
 
CYPRIOT POST OFFICES 
HONORS 
MRS. ANTIGONI PANAYI
POST OFFICE AGENT
OF THE COMMUNITY OF NIKOKLIA
OF PAPHOS DISTRICT
FOR THE VALUABLE SERVICES OFFERED
TO THE INHABITANTS OF THE COMMUNITY
FROM 1931 UNTIL 2001-11-30
 
                                                                                                JULY 2006
 
A short biographical sketch of Antigoni Panayi nased on her life narration follows.
 
Antigoni Panayi was born in 1913 in a big family in the village of Nata, where she lived until 1931, when she got married to Onoufrios Panayi from Nikoklia. It is worth mentioning that Onoufrios Panayi was the president of Nikoklia community council from 1928 until 1958, when he and many other presidents resigned, reacting against English domination. In 1932 Antigoni took over the Community Post Office. She had to leave the Post office in August 2006 due to health reasons.
 
She was a pioneer for her time, since she managed to combine work and taking care of a big family. Times were not easy. Her six children, three daughters and three sons were brought up with ethical principles. Antigoni managed to overpass all difficulties and helped four f her six children to study. One of her sons was a National Guard brigadier and whilst another was a Policeman.
 
Antigoni Panayi is 93 years old. She keeps her own traditional coffee-shop in Nikoklia and sews. Her warm heart and hospitality are surprising.
 
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