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Lily Toyoko Omokawa

January 30, 1927 July 6, 2018
Lily Toyoko Omokawa
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Obituary for Lily Toyoko Omokawa

Lily Toyoko Omokawa was the beloved wife of the late Kanji Omokawa for 65 years. She is survived by her children Peggy Mayeda (Carl), Glen Omokawa and Jean Omokawa and grandchildren Eric Mayeda, Kelly Mikuni (Aaron) and Will Omokawa.

Lily was born on January 30, 1927 in Selma, CA; the youngest and fifth child of Mataichi and Chiyono Umeda. She was predeceased by her sisters, Susie Asai and Mary Misaki and brothers Kay and Ben Umeda. She grew up on a farm in Selma. When World War II broke out, her family was sent to the Gila River internment camp in Arizona where she spent her high school years. After graduating high school, she traveled East to Seabrook, NJ where she worked for Birds Eye in quality control until she moved back to Selma with her parents. At age 18, she moved to Los Angeles, CA where she enrolled in cosmetology school and later worked as a beautician. She joined the Young Buddhist Association where she met Kanji Omokawa. They were married in 1950 and bought a home in Pasadena, CA. Daughter Peggy was born in 1952 and son, Glen followed two years later. Jean was born in 1964. In 1973, the family moved to Sunnyvale, CA. Lily enrolled in an electronics technician class and started working at Spectra Physics. She later moved to Hewlett Packard where she worked close to 20 years. After retirement, she volunteered at El Camino Hospital logging in almost 6,000 hours of service working in the gift shop, surgical reception area and knitting baby caps for newborns. She was active in the Mountain View Buddhist Temple and later enjoyed activities at the Avenidas Rose Kleiner Senior Day Health Center. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who always put her family first. Lily passed away peacefully on Friday, July 6, 2018 surrounded by her family.

A memorial service was held on August 25, 2018.


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