YEIKO JACKIE GOYA
YEIKO JACKIE GOYA March 26,1920-March 18, 2016 Born in San Francisco, Jackie Goya lived her early years in Oakland. At 16, she was sent to Okinawa to care for her aging grandmother. She returned home in 1940; when war began her family was sent to the internment camp in Fresno and then to the Jerome Arkansas Relocation Center. With the camp minister's help, she secured work with the Methodist Church Commission of World Peace in Chicago. In 1946 she married Neal Goya. After a few years in Chicago and Oakland they moved to Hawaii to raise their daughter Patricia and son Bruce. Jackie was a travel agent and a small business owner. She helped start a woman's association for the United Okinawa Association, helped to establish a new Methodist church in Waimanalo, and served as Spiritual Life Chair for the Hawaii District United Methodist Women. In retirement she and Neal moved to California to be with their children and their four grand- children, Marisa, Ako, Thomas and Russell. Her ongoing work in the Methodist Church involved improving access for the disabled, feeding the homeless, visiting shut-ins, and working for peace education. Jackie is survived by sister, Shizu Aka, her children, grand- children, and great-grand- children Kaleo and Amaya Hayase. A celebration of life service will be held Oct. 4 at 2:15 PM at Diamond Head Cemetary.
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