DARBY — Yuri Jayne Malin, age 81, passed away peacefully Friday, Feb. 1, at her home in Darby, ending a more than decade long battle with Alzheimer’s.
She was born Jayne Malin Diehl on June 20, 1937, to Conda and Blanche (Malin) Diehl of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, the younger of two sisters. In 1987, she chose to change her name to Yuri, using Malin as her surname.
She spent much of her childhood in books, learning of other countries and cultures and laying the foundation of a lifetime of exploration and learning. As an adult, she travelled the world ... Japan, Korea, Nepal, India, England ... always, she chose to walk off the beaten path. Yuri always regretted that she was not able to visit China after the borders opened in 1978.
In her quest for spiritual and educational growth, she stumbled upon the Bitterroot Valley. She fell in love with the area and moved here in 1998. Yuri’s final 20 years were spent on what she called her “little slice of heaven” in Darby. She filled her time with hiking and exploring the beauty of the area. A member of the local garden club, she enjoyed researching plants, planning for and planting her gardens. She also enjoyed reading the many books she collected and her Time and gardening magazines. She continued her education through audiotapes and books, focusing on history and religion. She also enjoyed playing the piano and her guitar, and interacting with her five cats.
All who wish to celebrate how their lives were touched by Yuri, and bid farewell to her, are invited to her funeral which will be held on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at Daly Leach Chapel at 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Yuri’s name to MDMH Hospice at 1200 Westwood Dr. Hamilton, Montana 59840.
Yuri’s family would like to express their gratitude, for without the warm, caring help of the MDMH Hospice family, she would not have been able to spend her final days at home.
Please share your condolences by visiting www.dalyleachchapel.com under the obituary section.