Myrna Joyce Yung
Friday
13
March

Visitation at Funeral Home

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday, March 13, 2020
F. RUGGIERO & SONS, Inc.
732 Yonkers Avenue
Yonkers, New York, United States
Saturday
14
March

Mass

10:00 am
Saturday, March 14, 2020
St. Gabriel's Church
3250 Arlington Avenue
Bronx, New York, United States
Saturday
14
March

Final Resting Place

11:30 am
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Mount Hope Cemetery
50 Jackson Avenue
Hastings On Hudson, New York, United States
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Obituary of Myrna Joyce Yung

Myrna Joyce Yung went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, March 8th, 2020. She was the sixth child of eight and was born in Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies. She was educated by Roman Catholic nuns and claimed that her diction, spelling, and French benefited mightily from the experience. She met Ralph Yung on the boat to England where the two were embarked on their studies; he to medical school and she to train as an x-ray technician. They dated, fell in love, and eventually married in 1961. In 1964 Myrna gave birth to their first child Christopher David followed two years later by their second child, Steven Anthony. The couple moved back to Trinidad following completion of their studies, but then emigrated to the United States in 1966. They went on to settle and raise their children in the Bronx, New Rochelle, and finally Armonk, NY. The couple moved to Riverdale, NY in 2005. Myrna was an irrepressible spirit. She learned how to drive in her forties in order to drive her shy younger son on play dates in suburban Westchester. She overcame fear of water by learning to swim later in life. She and Ralph traveled the world in their youth, after having children, and even well into their seventies and eighties. She volunteered frequently at her children’s elementary, middle and high schools. Of particular note, she tutored underprivileged children at her sons’ elementary school in New Rochelle. She taught her sons that the world is a tough place, so they’d better “toughen up”. She expected her children to perform at the highest academic standards, and when her eldest son struggled academically in middle school, she got him the help he needed to improve intellectually. Her efforts produced one son who is now a physician in San Diego, Ca., and another who is the Dean of the U.S. Marine Corps War College in Quantico, Va. She was a loving and doting spouse, and she was the organizational genius behind the Yung household. She loved throwing parties, especially those with a West Indian theme. Her husband’s successful medical practice unquestionably came down to his skill as a physician, but the overall success of the enterprise must give her personal counsel its significant due. She frequented plays, operas, and movies throughout her life; she was especially fond of foreign films. She had a strong faith and was a fervent believer in Roman Catholicism; she proudly displayed her rosaries which had been blessed by the Pope. In conversations with her elder son she was not afraid to engage in thorny theological debates and she was an avid viewer of the Catholic Church’s Eternal Word Television Network. In the last decade and a half of her life, she was a regular congregant of St. Gabriel’s Roman Catholic Church in Riverdale. Myrna was a loving grandmother and she tried to dote on her five grandchildren “without spoiling them”. She made frequent visits to California and to Virginia in order to visit her sons and their families. She asked that her grandchildren call her “Popo”, the Chinese word for grandma. Myrna was always a lady in the true sense of the word. Her voice was always kind and polite. She listened to what one had to say to her. She loved good times, was full of laughter, and was very sociable. She had a great taste in fashion. Myrna had a lovely smile and some of her closest friends and relatives never knew her to display anger. She loved her husband and two sons dearly as well as her wider family. Myrna liked to do things to perfection. She always did her best no matter what. She, by her example, taught us how to bear our suffering. She always fought to get well and to recover from her illnesses. She never gave up. Her closest friends admired how she never complained or made her illness the topic of the conversation. Myrna leaves behind her beloved husband of 58 years, Ralph Yung; her two loving sons, Christopher Yung (Teresa), Steven Yung (Liz); five grandchildren (Alex, Ian, Seth, Maggie, and Jack) and countless cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends who loved her. Funeral Mass Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 10:00 AM at St. Gabriel's Church - 3250 Arlington Avenue - (Riverdale) Bronx, NY 10463. Interment to follow at Mount Hope Cemetery - 50 Jackson Avenue - Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706. The family will be present on Friday, March 13, 2020 from 4 to 8 PM at Ruggiero & Sons, Inc. Funeral Home - 732 Yonkers Avenue - Yonkers, NY 10704 (914) 375-1400.
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