When Cindy Yuille first moved to Oregon, she petitioned her local Fred Meyer to carry organic milk by asking for it on every trip to the grocery store.
She eventually got her wish, her daughter Jenna Passalacqua told the nearly 500 people attending Yuille's memorial service Friday afternoon.
It's just one example of the things Yuille, killed in the Clackamas Town Center shooting last Tuesday, accomplished in her lifetime.
Known for her kind heart and effervescent personality, Yuille also earned a reputation for standing up for herself and her beliefs.
Yuille brought cloth bags to the grocery store before it was common practice and, prior to moving to Oregon, would gather recycling from her San Diego neighbors because no curbside recycling program was in place, Passalacqua said.
She even worked up the courage to ask her future husband on a date to a Valentine's Day concert, starting a relationship that would lead to a happy marriage.
"She was the perfect woman, she was an excellent mother," said her husband, Robert Yuille. He said she was devoted to her daughter, Passalacqua, 23, and her 13-year-old stepson, Hunter.
The two nurses, married for seven years, met while working on the hospice care team at Kaiser Permanente.
"It's pretty overwhelming. She touched so many people," Robert Yuille said. "Getting calls and letters from patients she saw two, three years ago. It's just amazing. People just always remembered her."
Robert Yuille said support from the community, Kaiser Permanente and Clackamas Town Center is helping the family grieve.
"One way I've been able to deal with it is realize it was totally random," Robert Yuille said. "I still haven't figured - got my head around the fact she was actually shot. Somebody's hand was in there to direct it there. We always believed things happened for a reason, whatever it is."
Cindy Yuille worked to create a strong learning environment for her children.
The Yuille Education Fund, to honor Cindy Yuille and pay for her stepson's education, has been created at On Point Community Credit Union. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 3750, Portland, OR 97208.
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