Obituaries 7-10

Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 11:44 AM.

Myrtle Louise Gay Yii 

Born in North Adams, Mass., Nov. 29, 1928, to Raymond and Dorothy Gay, Myrtle Louise was the middle daughter between brothers Raymond and Carlton. She passed away May 25, 2013.

Myrt met her recently immigrated Chinese husband-to-be, Roland Yii at a church spaghetti supper. They married and, to Myrt’s delight, had three girls, Jane Carolyn, Karen Anne and Allison Louise. She was a beautician before becoming a stay-at-home mom, which she adored. Myrt’s professor-inventor-beekeeper-electrical engineer husband always kept her life interesting and full of surprises.

Myrt, aka “Miss Myrt” or “Mumsie” spent the past three years loving life at Crystal Bay Senior Living at Sandestin. Fellow residents and staff truly made it “home” for her. She was a contagiously happy person ... seeing the world in a glass always full. Mumsie loved flowers and birds, giving gifts and wrapping them beautifully. She loved hugs, open doors (to welcome friends and spring breezes), English muffins with peanut butter, Christmas, happy colors, sleeping late, autumn leaves, babies, lemon-flavored anything, traveling, shopping, singing, laughing and just being together. 

A fellow Crystal Bay resident said, “What an inspiration she is ... no matter what, she has a smile ... regardless of her own situation.” A nurse once told Allison, “When I’m having a bad day, I just come see Miss Myrt and I feel better!” A family friend shared, “She was one of a kind ... they don’t make ‘em like that anymore.” A dear friend said, “Myrt was always so cheerful and upbeat, no matter how she felt. What a model for the rest of us!” And, another friend remarked, “We are all better for having known her lively, pure-hearted spirit. Her love and joy were contagious!” 

Myrt taught us so much, usually without words — about forgiveness and how to love with all your soul. She taught us to smile, to smell the flowers, to not sweat the small stuff, to be a loyal friend, to never give up, to be joyful in everything and always save room for dessert!

Thank You God for sharing our “Sunshine” with us for 84 years. And thank you Mom, for a life that loved well and was well loved.

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