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In Memory of

Leyla Lynn Beyaz

January 9, 1959 - December 2, 2014

Obituary


Leyla Lynn Beyaz passed away peacefully on December 2, 2014, at her home in Renton, Washington. Born in Seattle on January 9, 1959, Leyla was 55 years young, gone to rest after a five year battle with ovarian cancer.

During her life Leyla built a successful 24 year career at Boeing, working in a variety of roles, most recently as a Systems Architect. Passionate about education, Leyla earned degrees from Cottey College, UC Davis, and UW Bothell. She graduated at the top of her MBA class, and even spent several years working toward a...

Leyla Lynn Beyaz passed away peacefully on December 2, 2014, at her home in Renton, Washington. Born in Seattle on January 9, 1959, Leyla was 55 years young, gone to rest after a five year battle with ovarian cancer.

During her life Leyla built a successful 24 year career at Boeing, working in a variety of roles, most recently as a Systems Architect. Passionate about education, Leyla earned degrees from Cottey College, UC Davis, and UW Bothell. She graduated at the top of her MBA class, and even spent several years working toward a PhD. Leyla enjoyed attending vacation college annually at Cottey and other alumna activities. She was active in the P.E.O. sisterhood, focused on supporting educational endeavors for women.

In her early years, she was very involved in Camp Fire, loved summer camp, and spent many summers working as a camp counselor. Leyla enjoyed exploring her heritage, visiting her father's family in Turkey, and hosting a young cousin at her home during his visit to the U.S. She loved to travel, taking trips over the years to Scotland, Spain, and Mexico.

Leyla was careful financially, enjoyed cutting coupons and finding bargains, managing her money so well that she even paid off the mortgage on her first home years early. Generous with her loved ones, Leyla assisted with college expenses for her niece and nephews, and sponsored family gatherings in Seaside, enjoying game nights with cousins and long walks on the beach. Affectionately called "Auntie" within the family, Leyla was devoted to her niece and nephews, as well as her cousins' kids. She made an effort to build relationship with each of the children, hosting sleepovers and creating fun activities for every age.

Leyla was an incredibly smart and independent person. She faced the challenge of cancer with humor, courage and grace, without complaint, and always with hope. Happiest when surrounded by family and friends, Leyla built enduring friendships throughout her life. She was known by all as a sensitive, kind, and loving soul. She gave life her best effort and shared her best self with everyone around her.

Leyla is survived by her sisters and their husbands, Suzanne & Martin Mathews, and Elizabeth & Nuri Yalcin, her beloved niece and nephews, Karina Rose Yalcin, Christopher Floyd and Lucas Mehmet Mathews, and Lucas's new bride, Katy Mathews, as well as her dearly loved cats, Piper and Annabelle. Leyla is preceded in rest by her parents, Mehmet Zeki Beyaz and Joyce Virginia Kirk Beyaz.

The family would like to thank Leyla's oncologists Dr. Nancy Cui and Dr. Robert Douglas for their thoughtful care during her journey with cancer. We also thank Providence Hospice of Seattle for their helpful support during Leyla's final days at home. Lastly we are grateful to the many family members and friends who visited, sent cards, hugs, and prayers during her illness.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Leyla's alma mater, Cottey College, to support educational endeavors for women. (Cottey College, 1000 W. Austin Blvd, Nevada, MO 64772)