Posted: September 24th, 2022


1927 – 2022

Reyko Nishiyama passed away peacefully with family at her side on September 2, 2022. Mom will be lovingly remembered by her daughters Karen (Ron), Kiyomi (Dan), Dianne (Rick), Robin (Scott) and Candice (Brian). She has left a living legacy of 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by siblings Susumu, Yoko and Etsuko. Reyko was predeceased by Makio, her husband of 64 years and son, Russell.

Mom lived most of her life in Raymond only moving to Lethbridge for her retirement years. She was active in her community and in addition to working outside the home, she volunteered with many organizations including her church and civic groups. She was creative and decorated 100’s of cakes for weddings and special occasions. She loved journaling, reading and crocheting which she did right until her passing. Mom loved to have friends and family drop by her house and was ready to feed them all with Japanese specialties. Her new community at Martha’s House was especially important as she strived to maintain her independent life. Mom had a lifelong devotion to her fitness regimen particularly walking and was often seen doing her circuit around Martha’s House.

Mom was a pragmatic optimist. In the last few years, she was often heard to say “It is what it is”. She accepted what life handed her and lived her life looking for the positive side of people and situations. Her strong will and resilience kept her going after many setbacks and she was known for her smiles and upbeat outlook by all who knew her. We are so thankful to all those who kept in touch with her even during Covid.

Friends gathered through church, karaoke, community and Martha’s House were treasured. Mom’s greatest joy was her family. She especially enjoyed the visits by her grandchildren and “great-grands”.

Flowers and Koden are gratefully declined. Memorial tributes in Reyko’s name would be appreciated by the Buddhist Temple of Southern Alberta in Lethbridge, Martha’s House c/o Covenant Foundation in Edmonton or a charity of your choice.

A Celebration of Reyko’s Life will be held Saturday October 1, 2022 at 11:00 AM in the Aspen Ballroom of the Sandman Signature Hotel at 320 Scenic Dr. S, Lethbridge.

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