Lynn Stafford Yilmaz

Seattle, Washington


Seattle, Washington


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Lynn Yilmaz passed away in Seattle, Washington. The obituary was featured in The Seattle Times on February 15, 2009, and Seattle Post-Intelligencer on February 15, 2009.

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New York, Jan 1, 2006

Back in 2005, when I was 18, I travelled from Kazakhstan to New York for undergraduate studies, and 400 must-have words for the TOEFL was the first book I bought to start improving my English skills.

Many thanks for your work, Mrs Stafford-Yilmaz, and I still use it today in my practice as an ESL Instructor.

Rest in peace!

I was researching something tonight and came across an ESL book by Lynn that was sitting on my shelf. It made me think about her, and with a little searching, I found this Memories page.

I was active in the Materials Writers group for international TESOL, and that's how I met Lynn. I didn't work with her on any specific projects, but we communicated via email and at the conference several times. I don't know if Lynn's family members will come back to read this page, but if any...

I remember Lynn from Chinook Junior High. We were never close friends but I recall that she was always thoughtful and kind and had such a great smile. I wish we had had an opportunity to reconnect in our adult lives because she sounds like a truly amazing friend and mother. My thoughts and prayers are with her family through this devastating time and I also pray for some closure for them in the future.

i only knew Lynn briefly as we attended Chinook Junior High together in Bellevue, and remember her as a wonderful person, with an outgoing personality and a great smile!

Lynn was a friend of mine that I met through our writer's group. She was the lifebreath of the group. Lynn was always so encouraging to the other writers and had insightful critiques to help us see our writings from new and different angles. She was a great friend and a joy to spend time with, I will continue to think of her and miss her everyday.

Having worked with Lynn in the past, I concur with others who knew her in that she always greeted everyone she encountered with a "sincere" smile, and was very caring and dedicated in her work with ESL students. I find it hard to sign this guest book as I'm feeling that her "book" is not yet finished. My sympathy goes out to her children, but they need to remember that their mother truly loves them and will always be there in spirit when they need her. Lynn, you've made...

Lynn was amazing! Warm, kind, funny... I think I remember her laughing most of all. Smart, too, and so dedicated to her work. We had some fantastic arguments over grammar, punctuation, and writing. It was such a pleasure to write and work with someone who cared so deeply about each project. My professional and personal life have been immeasurably enriched for having known Lynn. She read and commented on my articles, she laughed at my jokes, she offered support and advice when I was...

Lynn was the person one always wanted to sit next to in a staff meeting. She was bright, funny, and contributed with intelligence and keen insight. My deepest sympathies to her family...

Sending warmest wishes and fond thoughts of Lynn to her family. She was an amazing person. I was always wondering what she would do next - she was so prolific! Lynn, I send you many hugs. Thanks for making me laugh.