As the eldest sister, Nancy encouraged the family to be active in Ginowan Club events, stressing the importance of maintaining family traditions. For many years she was instrumental in andagi making with her family at the Okinawan Festival. In 2002, she was honored as Ginowan's Uchinanchu of the year.
Nancy will be remembered for her gracious hospitality and generosity. She took joy in cooking for family and friends, paired with a witty sense of humor that never left her even as her short-term memory faded in her later years. Active until the end, she spent much of her 90's making hundreds of hand-sewn bean bags for her great-grandchildren and their classmates.
Nancy continues to live on through the practices and values that are reflected in the families of daughters, Claire Matsumoto and Wilma Ogimi (Tom); sisters, Betty Higa (James), Alice Morisako (Larry), Lillian Tanabe (George), Elaine Koike (Ken), Karen Shimabukuro (Fred) and Gayle Terayama (Tom); 4 grandchildren, Marc Matsumoto, Matt Matsumoto, Tricia Araki and Michelle Mendes; 9 great-grand- children, and many nieces and nephews. Our hearts will always reflect Big Nei's cheerful love of life. Private services held.
Arrangements Provided By: Hosoi Garden Mortuary