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Merina Yemaya Satori

Posted: Friday, Apr 5th, 2013


Merina Yemaya Satori


Merina Yemaya Satori, beloved mother, sister, and friend, died on April 1, 2013 peacefully in her Sedona home of metastatic lung disease. She is survived by her three sons Robert and Laurie Van Tassel of Victoria, B.C. and their three daughters Heather, Camille, and Allison; Michael Van Tassel of Ann Arbor, MI, and Jeff Van Tassel, Erica, and their son Trevor of Long Beach, CA. She was sadly preceded in death by her beloved daughter, Kathy Moore, who died September 4, 2009, and she is also survived by Kathyís children Louis and Kayla. Merina was born October 25, 1935 in Grosse Point, MI where she spent her childhood. She received her baccalaureate at the University of Michigan in 1957 and in 1973 went to Eastern Michigan University for her Master of Arts in Educational Psychology. She later returned to the University of Michigan where she received an advanced degree in the Combined Program of Education and Psychology. Merina spent her early career working in the Michigan schools as a psychologist. In 1981 she moved to California with her daughter, Kathy, and was the districtís psychologist for several years. She moved to the central Oregon coast in 1990 after retiring where she lived and wrote poetry for 20 years. In 1998, she wrote a book, an autoethnography of healing during her first experience with cancer. In 2007, she moved to Sedona because of her love of the red rocks and the inherent beauty of northern Arizona. Merina had a fierce love of books, music, literature, film, the arts, and the natural world, particularly water and trees. Throughout her lifetime, she maintained an abiding love for animals, with especial gratitude for her beloved horse and the dogs of her youth. Merina was, and will always be, a beautiful woman inside and out who is loved deeply and will be remembered by many. Memorial contributions can be made to the MISS Foundation, an international organization that aids grieving parents, in honor of her and her daughter Kathy Moore, 77 E Thomas Rd, Ste 112, Phoenix, Az 85012. In addition, you can plant a tree in the national forest through the Arbor Day Foundation.

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