LILLIAN SAYOMI ASATO (KAWASAKI)
in Hilo, HI. Lillian grew up with a large extended family and was part of the Taniguchi family that manages KTA Superstores on the Big Island of Hawaii. She graduated from Hilo High School in 1968. After graduating from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Math, Lillian pursued and obtained her M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Hawaii. She met her husband, Dennis K. Asato, at the University of Hawaii Computing Center, while working on a research grant in traffic computer modeling for the Department of Transportation. They both were recruited by Boeing in 1974 after graduating and were married in 1975. Sacrificing her professional career, she went on to raise four children in Maple Valley, WA full-time. Selfless, thoughtful and caring, Lillian always volunteered in her children's activities. She also held various positions on the board of the White River Buddhist Temple, local, district, and national level chapters of the Buddhist Women's Association, and also taught Dharma School. She is survived by her husband, Dennis K. Asato of Maple Valley, WA; four children: Joy Meglasson (David), Eric Asato (Le Ha), Kelsey Asato and Tessa Asato (Nate); and three grandchildren (Kyle, Catie, and Wilson). Memorial Service held at White River Buddhist Temple, Washington. Public services will take place for Lillian: Simple Public Memorial Service followed by a Private Inurnment (Nokotsudo) Service - June 26, 2017 at 11am at Pearl City Hongwanji, 858 2nd St, Pearl City, HI 96782 Simple Public Funeral Service followed by a Private Inurnment (Nokotsudo) Service - June 30, 2017 at 4pm at Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin, 398 Kilauea Ave, Hilo, HI 96720 All are welcome to attend. Should friends desire, donations may be sent to either Pearl City Hongwanji or Hilo Betsuin.
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