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In Memory of

Aiko Uyeoka

June 18, 1920 - July 10, 2017

Obituary


Aiko Uyeoka was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on June 18, 1920. She died on July 10, 2017, at the age of 97. She is survived by daughters Ann (Dennis) Okamura, Alice (Bryan) Halbert, and two grandchildren Jenny and Tom Halbert. She was preceded in death by her husband Tom, her parents Isami and Rima Yano, and sister Nuiko Yano of Japan.

Aiko went to schools in Sanger and Visalia, California. After becoming a certified dress maker, she was sent to a Relocation Camp in Poston, Arizona, with her parents. That's where she met...

Aiko Uyeoka was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on June 18, 1920. She died on July 10, 2017, at the age of 97. She is survived by daughters Ann (Dennis) Okamura, Alice (Bryan) Halbert, and two grandchildren Jenny and Tom Halbert. She was preceded in death by her husband Tom, her parents Isami and Rima Yano, and sister Nuiko Yano of Japan.

Aiko went to schools in Sanger and Visalia, California. After becoming a certified dress maker, she was sent to a Relocation Camp in Poston, Arizona, with her parents. That's where she met and married Tom, who was on furlough from the US Army and visiting a friend's uncle. Tom and Aiko honeymooned in Colorado where Tom was stationed.

After the war they settled in Fresno, California, where she worked at Munger's Pet and Garden Store and then JC Penny's in the credit department. She retired early to be a full-time caregiver to her mother; then her father; later her uncle from Chicago, Illinois; and finally her husband of 64 years.

Aiko loved traveling throughout California, Europe, Canada, Hawaii, and Japan with her husband, her children and grandchildren.

Family was very important to her, as was God and church, and her many, many friends. She enjoyed activities and membership in Akatsuki Bonsai Club, the United Japanese Christian Church, Church Women United, VFW Auxillary Sierra Nevada Post 8499, Clovis JACL, Clovis Community Shrimp dinners, and the Shinzen Friendship Garden. She was especially honored to present the Toko-kazari awards at the Bill Clark Bonsai Garden annual tokonoma display competition in Hanford; and to posthumously receive the Congressional Gold Medal on behalf of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, for her husband Tom.

A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at the United Japanese Christian Church in Clovis.