It is with great sadness I share with you the passing of my sister Binnaz Melin. As I grieve for my loss, I celebrate a life well-lived. She was the person I had known all my life. Besides being my sister, Binnaz was a friend from my earliest memories. We played together, talked together, walked to school together, and returned home together. And, that was before neither one of us was even ten years old!
Looking back, she leaves a trail of success and achievements, but most of all, a long trail of people whose lives she touched in many ways. Her desire to help others found support in her husband, my friend, Ergun who talked the talk and walked the walk with Binnaz. We are proud to have known you, Binnaz, to have lived with you, shared joy and sadness with you, shared your achievements, and met many of the people whose lives you have touched.
Farewell dear sister, as hard as it is for me to say that. Jan, Elif, Mina, and I will miss you, miss you a lot; remember you, feel you with us with joy, for the rest of our lives.
Yours has been a wonderful and wondrous, even a miraculous life! Thank you for being you for all of us.
To all who wrote, called, Skyped, or otherwise shared our grief and joy, we thank from the bottom of our heart. The following appeared in the Turkish papers as her obituary. A rough translation follows, and the image is clickable for a larger view.
The daughter of the late Nesip Ekin and late Nevber Ekin,
sister of A. Cemal Ekin and Zerrin Ekin,
the aunt of Elif Ekin, Ekin Kucuk, and Yunus Ertas,
sister in law of the late Nevin and Mehmet Bilginer,
late Ahmet Melin, and Janice Ekin
Teacher, administrator, and educator at
Site High School, Moran High School, Istanbul University
School of Foreign Languages, Ortadogu High School,
FMV Ayazaga Isik High School, FM Foundation Educational Institutions,
Turkish Educational Foundation Inanc Turkes High School
to contribute to the education and personal growth of thousands of students,
ASKEV Bilginer-Melin Ayvalik Arts Culture Education Foundation
board of trustees member and Vice-president of the Board of Directors,
Continuing her deep love of gardening for her entire life
after getting the love of nature and animals from her summers at the Gulek Plateau
Dearest life companion of Ergun Melin
Passed away on December 3, 2018
Her funeral will commence following the noontime prayer
at the Karacaahmet Sakirin Mosque
for her burial in the Karacaahmet Cemetary
Ekin and Melin Families