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Hisako Shipes Obituary

Hisako Wada Shipes
Hisako Wada Shipes

March 18, 1926 - December 16, 2017
Born in Terminous, California
Resided in Stockton, California


Hisako “Mary” Wada Shipes
March 18, 1926 - December 16, 2017

Hisako Wada was born in Terminous, California to Naka Tamura and Sinichi Wada, March 18, 1926, the second of eight children. She enjoyed her childhood helping on the farm and tending to her younger siblings. She was friendly and talkative and loved to dance. Then in October 1942, when she was only fifteen years old, she was relocated with all of the Japanese Americans on the west coast to internment camps. She first went to Rohwer, Arkansas then Tule Lake, California.
In December of 1945, she went to Japan where she worked as a translator for the U.S. Army. This is where she acquired the nickname Mary. Many of the GIs couldn’t pronounce Hisako.
She returned to the United States in 1950. She married Sgt. Harold R. Shipes, whom she met in Japan, May 24, 1951. As a military wife, she relocated often, including times in North Carolina, South Carolina, Hawaii and finally settling in Stockton, California when Harold retired from the military. Along the way, they welcomed five children.
Hisako enjoyed working part time as a teacher’s assistant in Stockton Unified School District and as the art and crafts coordinator at the Delta College Child Care Center until her retirement in 2007 at the age of 79.
Hisako entered Heaven on December 26, 2017 at the age of 91, after a courageous battle with cancer. She is proceeded in death by Harold, her husband of 44 years, sister Kiyoko, and brothers Keiji and Hoji. She is survived by her brothers Juji and Shoji, sisters Yoshimi and Yukimi, sister-in-law Yoshko and children Randolph (wife Linda), Charles (wife Penny), Eugene, Jimmy, and Carolyn Flynn (husband David). She leaves to cherish her memory eight grandchildren; Dorie, Craig, Brent (wife Madeline), Angelina LaNay, Charles Christopher (wife Victoria) and Steven Shipes and Alexander and Isabella Flynn . She also leaves behind eight great-grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces and great-nephews and great nieces.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 1:00 at Santa Clara Valley Japanese Christian Church, 40 Union Avenue, Campbell, CA 95008. A private interment will be held at a later date.



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