Myrna Lakshmi Gill was born on the 24th of May, 1943 in Manila, Philippines. She is the third daughter of Karam S. and Wilfred Poso Gill. Gill’s parents met at the University of the Philippines and married despite the opposition of maternal relatives. Her mother’s family was Catholic, and her father, a Sikh, converted to Catholicism soon after their marriage. Her father, an entrepreneur, made money in the import and export business and the family, therefore, lived in middle-class comfort.