TASHIRO, Amy (Emiko)

Posted: July 8th, 2023

Amy (Emiko) Tashiro Dec. 20, 1933 – June 26, 2023 It is with very heavy hearts and a deep sense of loss that we announce the passing of our Mom, Grandma, Great-Grandma, Aunt, and friend. We know that she is once again with Dad and finally at peace from years of struggling with Alzheimer’s.
Amy was born on December 20, 1933 in Mission, BC to Yoichi and Hatsue Okuma. During the Japanese internment, the family was relocated to Picture Butte, AB and later to Vauxhall, AB where she graduated high school. She practiced Japanese dancing and participated in many concerts and demonstrations during her youth.
Amy married Sami Tashiro on March 17, 1956 in Lethbridge, Alberta and together worked hard to create a successful potato and sugar beet farm in Vauxhall, AB. They created a family with 5 children, which continued to grow as the years progressed.
Amy will be dearly and lovingly missed by her children Kevin (Margarete), Darren, Deanne, Arden (Jill), and Alayne (Leon); grandchildren Shirley (Bob), Jason, Courtney (Danny), Kaden, Treynae; Jenny (Jesse), Shae-Lynn (Christian), Makayla (Mack); Chayce; Jordyn, Logan; nine great grandchildren; and many other relatives, nieces, nephews and friends.
She was predeceased by her husband Sami, parents Hatsue and Yoichi, brother Kaz, and sister Fumi.
Mom and Dad always had beautiful gardens (vegetables, fruit and flowers) that they tended with a passion. She had a love for elephants, reading, doing word search puzzles, and walks (especially with her special dog buddy, Buffy). We were so fortunate that she was a very healthy lady and that her sense of humour and quick wit was next to none. She was the strongest, feistiest woman we knew and kept her sense of humour right up to the end.
Mom and Dad both experienced hardships at very young ages, but with a lot of hard work and determination, created a beautiful life together. We are so proud of them and all that they accomplished. Their perseverance and struggles resulted in a very successful potato and sugar beet business.
They both worked so hard and were never afraid to take some risks and to believe in themselves. Our admiration for them and feeling of pride in everything they accomplished can still be seen everywhere we look.
Thank you Mom and Dad for being such pillars in our lives and for providing such incredible guidance. Your example of working hard and accomplishing goals is truly admirable. We miss you terribly but know that you live on in all of us. Your presence will always be felt all around us.
We would like to thank the incredible staff at AgeCare Jasper Place Long Term Centre. You are all such amazing and special people who work hard at creating a “Home”. Pretty sure Mom would want to hug all of you in appreciation.
Also, a huge thank you to Misericordia Hospital (7th floor – West Wing) for your compassion, empathy and knowledgeable expertise to allow Mom’s last days to have comfort and peace with her dignity intact. We have huge respect and gratitude for all that you do.
A private family Memorial Service will be held at the Mountain View Cemetery in Lethbridge, Alberta on Wednesday, July 12, 2023.
Koden and flowers are gratefully declined. If friends and family so desire, please consider memorial tributes to the Alzheimer’s Society or to the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta.
To share condolences, please visit www.generationsfh.ca

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