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Helen Yonge Lind 1914-2013

January 29th, 2013 · 57 Comments · Aging & dementia, Obituaries, Photographs

My mother died this morning at about 7 a.m. in a hospice house in the back of Palolo Valley.

The first photo was taken on Kahala Beach in late 1941. The second taken on Easter Sunday, 2012, during a visit to our home in Kaaawa.

1941 photo

2012 photo

Before her recent decline, she wrote her own obituary.

Here’s what she wrote, more or less. The original was written in her own hand.

Born Honolulu. Graduate Kamehameha School for Girls (before coed), and UH Manoa. Former instructor in Food Science, UH-Manoa. Also former secretary, Hawaiian Historical Society.

Survived by son, Ian Yonge Lind and wife, Meda, of Kaaawa; daughter, Bonnie (Lind) Stevens of California and Honolulu; granddaughter Christine (Lamont) Kemp and son, Kimo Lamont of Manteca, CA, and several great granddaughters.

Memorials to the Helen Yonge Lind Scholarship Fund
University of Hawaii Foundation
2444 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822

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  • Gail

    My deepest condolences to your family Ian. What a wonderful and lovely woman. But she lives on in all of you – and her spirit will be there for you always. Aloha

  • Jay Robertson

    Condolences from a Faithful Reader.

  • maunawilimac

    May she and her ohana be at peace. And may the memories reflected in her photos never fade.

  • Rich

    Condolences to you Ian. Reading your account brought back memories of my mom’s passing a few years ago. Similar circumstances…

    While I found it quite difficult coming to terms with my mom no longer being around, I found comfort in knowing she was probably much happier moving on.

  • carol

    Ian
    Sorry to hear about your mom…condolences.

  • Nelson Ho

    Condolences to you and your family. Thank you for sharing your Mom’s life with your friends and readers.

  • Kalowena Komeiji

    Ian: condolences on the passing of your Mom. Thank you also for sharing such an insightful piece with everyone.

  • johnp

    condolences … you are her legacy … it was wonderful to learn about her life through you

  • Joe

    Belated condolences to you and your family. Sounds like she was one heck of a lady.

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