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Kyi Kyi Prindiville

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Kyi Kyi Prindiville, age 78, was born on 13 July 1933, in Rangoon, Burma - Myanmar. She was the daughter of the eminent Professor Pe Maung Tin of Rangoon University. She studied at St. John's Convent Catholic School and was brought up by strict Irish nuns. After high school she worked as a voluntary teacher at Home of Waifs and Strays Orphanage in Rangoon for 5 years. Then an opportunity came up to work as a Librarian at United States Information Service (USIS). Her father was offered a post as Visiting Professor at University of Chicago, Theological Department. It was Kyi Kyi who, persuaded him to accept the job, and the whole family came over. Father was a brilliant scholar of Pali and Buddhism (the first Burman to graduate from Oxford University, UK.) An Emeritus Doctorate was conferred upon him by the University of Chicago in 1954. While in Chicago, Kyi Kyi attended Carville College. Due to severe weather in Chicago, Professor Pe Maung Tin returned to Burma in 1958 and Kyi Kyi returned to Burma. She worked as air hostess with Union of Burma Airways, Then in 1971 she left for Bangkok, Thailand to undertake a translation project of her father's books and there her fate changed when she met Jack Prindiville, native of Framingham, Massachusetts. They got married in Chicago on May 26 1977 and the following year Jack's work took them to Indonesia, and they stayed there for three years. In 1980, they both came back to United States where Jack was working in New York. Later they moved to Framingham In August 2007, she contracted congested heart failure and almost died. But thanks to the doctors and nurses in Cardiovascular Section at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the use of advanced medical technology, Kyi Kyi survived for four and a half years beyond what would be normally expected. She had 'to at all times carry a pouch with a small pump that pumped through a small tube and catheter dopamine to her heart. On a number of occasions she stayed at Sunrise Senior Living in Wayland and Braintree, when Jack traveled overseas. She enjoyed enormously the life and activities at Sunrise. Kyi Kyi was a devout Christian. Both Jack and Kyi Kyi traveled extensively mostly staying a long time in native Burma. In Framingham, Kyi Kyi enjoyed the good life Jack offered her. Kyi Kyi passed away on 7 May 2012 at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston. She is survived by her husband Jack, her twin brother Pe Zan Tin in Burma and her younger sister Brenda Tin Tin Myaing Stanley in London, United Kingdom. There will be no funeral home calling hours. Funeral services for Kyi Kyi Prindiville will take place on Monday 14 May at 11 a.m., at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, corner of Main and Maple Streets, Framingham, Immediately after the service, there will be a burial at St. Stephen's Cemetery, Framing ham. Following the. Burial there will be a memorial reception at the Aegean Restaurant 257 Cochituate Road, Framingham. Family and friends are cordially invited. Instead of flowers, the family requests memorial donations in Kyi Kyi's name be made to the Advanced Heart Disease Research and Education Fund, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Development Office, 116 Huntington Avenue, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02116-5712. Funra1 arrangements are under the direction of the Eugene J. McCarthy and Sons Funeral Home, 11 Lincoln Street, Framingham, MA

Published in MetroWest Daily News from May 10 to May 12, 2012
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