MARUNO, KatoyePosted: September 5th, 2017
March 22, 1928-August 31, 2017
Katoye “Kay” Maruno, daughter of Juro and Shizuka Tajiri was born in Mission, B.C. on March 22nd, 1928.
Our beloved Mother passed away on August 31, 2017, at the Chinook Regional Hospital. Her long journey with Alzheimer’s ended as she had wished, peacefully in her sleep.
Mom was a woman ahead of her time. She loved to work and though small in stature she could out work most everyone. As her Alzheimer’s progressed and her memories became dim, she would still recall with pride her working days in the strawberry, potato and sugar beet fields. In 1970, with the support of her brothers, she purchased Wendy’s Dairy Bar in Vauxhall. With a crew of six children still at home, she became a successful entrepreneur. She was born to be in the fast food business.
Her grace and courage in life came from the unconditional love she felt from her parents. Her happiness came from her children and grandchildren.
Mom leaves behind her most cherished friend Teiji “TJ” Nakamura and is survived by her loving family; Lois (Ron) Maloney, Susan (Brian) Van Uden, Larry, Annie (Robert) Janzen, Linda (David) McMillan, Janet (Larry) Lavallee, Lorraine (Gerald) Howlett, 15 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Tom (Chuck) Tajiri and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mom was predeceased by Dad in 1991, her parents and her brothers Kaz(Helen), Horsey and Nobby.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at St. Michael’s Health Centre, where she resided for the past three years.
There will be a viewing on Monday, September 4th from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. at the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta at 470 40 St S Lethbridge, Alberta. Funeral service to follow at 2:00 p.m. Koden and
flowers gratefully declined.
To send condolences, please visit www.generationsfh.ca