1925 – 2012
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Mallis Looy, a selfless woman, devoted wife of 60 years, beloved mother, and a person who loved God, passed away peacefully on Sept. 17, in Vacaville. In dealing with another health issue recently, she had indicated a readiness to leave this earth and meet God. She was at peace with Him and everyone she knew. As a Christian, she knew from a reading of Genesis 3 why there is death and suffering in the world, and why God allows them.
Born in Estonia in 1925, she exited this world in California, leaving behind husband, Adrian of Vacaville; son, Tom of Fairfield; son, Mark of Florence, KY.; five grandchildren; and brother, Arvo of Estonia. She had a very full and active life: lived in five countries; endured a terrifying Soviet invasion of her country; served as a Cub Scout leader; was gifted as an artist/sculptor; placed her two sons in a good church and a Christian school where they became spiritually grounded.
Common courtesy -- no longer common in an increasingly shrill world -- was modeled through her old-world gentility. She also possessed common sense (not so common either today) that was forged by her Christian worldview and real-life experiences, such as the trauma of living through the terrible Soviet and Nazi invasions and occupations of her beloved Estonia. Living under totalitarian tyrannies made her deeply suspicious of big government. She loved the liberty the U.S. afforded her as a refugee after WWII, but she was worried about recent trends in her adopted America.
Her gentility included a respect for people who were different. This was on display when she lived in a multi-ethnic neighborhood in South Los Angeles, where she welcomed many diverse young people into her loving home. A private family time of remembrance has been held. Memorial gifts to Disabled American Veterans.
"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints" (Psalm 116:15).
Published in The Reporter from Sept. 26 to Sept. 28, 2012