Lynn Stafford YILMAZ January 4, 1964~January 13, 2009 Our beloved daughter, wife, mother and friend Lynn was born in Bellevue, Washington to Shannon and Donna Stafford, and was the third of five siblings (Ann, John, Mary, Jane). She attended Clyde Hill, Sacred Heart and Chinook Middle School, then Forest Ridge High School, and while there was the piano accompanist for the school's production of the musical, Godspell. She swam competitively for Bellevue High School, and was a lifeguard for the Bellevue Parks Department. Piano and swimming remained lifelong pursuits. She attended Colgate University, Leningrad State University and the University of Washington, where she earned her B.A. in Russian Language in 1986. Later, she received her Masters degree in linguistics from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Lynn's professional career revolved around language, teaching and editing/publishing. Lynn was proficient or fluent in English, Russian, Japanese, Turkish and French. She taught English in Japan on two occasions (Sakata, 1986; Sendai, 1989); English to business people in Turkey, and English as a Second Language (ESL) for Bellevue Community College, and occasionally taught at both Seattle University and North Central Community College. She served on the City of Bellevue Human Services Commission for several years. In 1992, she traveled the world on the MS Statendam, where she wrote the ship's daily newsletter. Lynn's travels were the foundation for an extensive international doll collection. Lynn published 11 books in the ESL field, where she served as an editor and contributing author. She produced a weekly ESL column for The Daily Yomiuri - a daily Japanese newspaper published in English (2006-2009). She co-owned and published a Bellevue Community College newspaper for non-native English speakers. Lynn edited a book dealing with deaf culture entitled "Journey into the Deaf World" and later developed the inaugural section on "American Sign Language for the Chicago Manual of Style". She worked for the Educational Testing Service, and was a scheduled speaker for TESOL's March convention in Denver. A life dream was the writing of a novel, a project she began but did not finish. Lynn married Mustafa Yilmaz, a Turkish Naval Officer whom she met during his studies at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey. They married in Turkey on March 22, 1995. After returning to the U.S. and purchasing a home in Bellevue, they had two children, Tanner (age 10) and Erin (9). Both are tri-lingual, musicians (guitar and piano, respectively) and enthusiastic athletes. Lynn's children were a tremendous source of pride and the focal point and love of her life. Perhaps most notable amongst Lynn's many character attributes were her intelligence, depth, warmth, profound insight into life, a passion towards her work, adventurous spirit and sense of humor -- all of which are now evident in her children. Lynn is survived by her husband, Mustafa, her two children, Tanner and Erin, parents Shannon and Donna Stafford, sister Ann, brother John, sister Mary Stanley (David), sister Jane (David Herrman), nephews Nicholas, Ty, Drew and Chase, as well as aunts, uncles and cousins. We will miss her as well as will her friends, colleagues and students and her extended family in Turkey. In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to Bellevue Comm- unity College Institutional Advancement 3000 Landerholm Circle SE Bellevue, WA 98007 identifying "Scholarship in honor of Lynn Stafford Yilmaz" or the Sierra Club. A service celebrating Lynn's life will be held at Sacred Heart Church, Bellevue, 9460 NE 14th, Clyde Hill, Washington at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 28th, 2009. A separate service will be held in Turkey by Lynn's extended family and friends.