In 1967, Yildiz immigrated from Turkey to the U.S. with her husband and two young sons. She had left behind her mother, two siblings and their families, friends, and her culture. Everything she had known and was familiar with was now far away. She faced the challenges of learning a new language, and the culture and customs of a new country.
As the months and years went by she began to flourish in her new country. She set an example and inspired her sons. They watched as she tackled each barrier. She became proficient in English, got her driver’s license, worked part time at home as an alterations seamstress for several years, and most of all continued to cook the family’s favorite Turkish dishes. She enjoyed sketching and crocheting in the past, and in the U.S. found new hobbies. She joined a bowling league, making new friends and winning many trophies. She also loved to play bingo and would play six cards at once.
Yildiz’ real treasures were always and forever her family. She was a generous and devoted loving mother and grandmother who gave all her love to each and every one of us. She was always there for us. May God bless and keep tight our loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great grandmother. You sweet Yildiz will be in our hearts forever.