Jayshri Yogesh Dalal, 72, of Richmond, Texas, passed away February 6, 2021, with her family by her side.
She was born to the late Hasmukhlal and Shantaben Shah, August 11, 1948, in Ahmedabad, India, where she later graduated high school. Jayshri (Jayu) married Yogesh Dalal on August 24, 1967, at the early age of 19. Soon after their marriage, Yogesh left for the United States to further his engineering studies and to create a wonderful life for them both. It wasn’t until 1969 when the two were reunited, as Jayu made the incredible journey from India to Pittsburgh, PA, leaving behind her father, mother, brother (Kirit), sister (Anju), and brother (Rohit).
Jayu lived life to the fullest anywhere her path took her. She and Yogesh moved from Pittsburgh to Richland, WA to Ann Arbor, MI to Baton Rouge, LA to Knoxville, TN to Houston, TX to Anchorage, AK, then back to Houston. All the while, she enjoyed arts and crafts. So much so, Jayu created the most beautiful lamps, rugs, and artwork for her children. She loved to travel the world, and fortunately, she visited amazing places, such as Mexico, Canada, Dubai, the Bahamas, and Abu Dhabi. One of her favorite (and warm!) places to visit was Hawaii. Souvenirs, trinkets, and dolls from all over the world may be found in her china cabinets, which brought her so much joy. Without fail, she loved to the fullest as well, always taking into consideration the needs of her family before her own. This included the family German Shepherd, Jolly, whom she loved so dearly. Her love was shown through hugs, kisses, face times, and food, to name a few! Never will there be another who cooked as deliciously and passionately; her homemade pizza was unmatched. Some of her favorite foods included Indian and Mexican cuisines.
It was May, 1998 when Jayu was blessed with a kidney transplant in Houston. She often wished she could personally thank the young man who so graciously donated his kidney to save her life. Her family, too, is eternally grateful for the 22 years she lived, post-transplant. Jayu is survived by her husband, Yogesh, two daughters, Chhayal and Priya, son-in-law, Daven, and four granddaughters (the loves of her life): Meghan, Hennah, Maya, and Bella. She is also survived by Grizzly (Grizzu), her beloved Bernese Mountain Dog.
Due to the pandemic in 2020, Yogesh did everything in his power to keep Jayu safe and healthy. Knowing the one thing which made her happier than anything else was to be with loved ones, the entire family safely came together twice during this year. Once during the summer, and secondly, for the holidays. During the summer, Jayu was overjoyed to see her oldest granddaughter graduate high school and attend college. Additionally, she celebrated her youngest granddaughter’s 11th birthday. Her loved ones (including beloved Grizzu) surprised Jayu just before Christmas, which will forever be the greatest blessing for her family.
Viewing ceremony will be held on Thursday, February 11, for close family and friends. Cremation will follow. The family welcomes flowers or a planted tree in Jayu’s honor, but more importantly, the family will greatly appreciate donations made to organ transplantation and research