Posted On June 12th, 2011 -


Dorothy Mitsuko Oda died peacefully on May 18th in Everett, Washington. Born the youngest of eight children to Namejiro and Ito Miura on May 7, 1926 in Honohina, Hawaii. When she was a month old, the family moved to the McCully neighborhood in Honolulu. Dorothy graduated in 1944 from McKinley High School. While working at Bishop Bank, she met and married John Eichi Oda on May 22, 1948 and had three children. The couple celebrated 59 years of marriage before John passed away in 2007.

After devoting many years as a loving housewife and mother, she returned to the work force. She worked at Kailua High School then transferred to the WIndward District office of the Department of Education where she was a valued and loyal employee until her retirement. Dorothy was a perfectionist in her housekeeping and sewing, and she loved to garden. She was a member of the Tomodachi Club formed by twelve lifelong friends in 1972.

After retiring, the couple moved to the Big Island of Hawaii, where they enjoyed golfing, volunteered at the North Hawaii Community Hospital, and enriched the lives of their two grandsons. They travelled often to Washington state to visit their sons and in 2002, they moved
to Mukilteo, Washington.

Survived by sons Wayne (Edna) and Jeffrey, daughter Donna Max (Tim), and grandsons Samuel and Joseph Max. Dorothy and John’s ashes will be scattered together on a future date in a private family celebration of life. Memorial donations can be made to the charity of the senders choice.

- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran