Mary Akiko Takami

Mary Akiko Takami, 95, Vale, Oregon passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by family on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.
Mary was born September 10, 1921 in Gresham, Oregon, the third daughter of Kiuda and Shizuyo Ouchida. She was raised in Gresham and graduated from Centennial High School. Later, she enrolled in fashion design school in Portland, Oregon.
During WWII, Mary and her family were relocated to Nyssa, Oregon as farm laborers for the Amalgamated Sugar Company.
Mary met “Sonny” Yoshio Takami, and they married in September 1947. Together they raised four children; Wayne, (twins) Janet, Janis, and Carol.
Mary worked as a cook at a Nyssa care center and as a clothes presser at the Nyssa Cleaner. She was also a housekeeper & caregiver for the Sheldelin Family. After getting married, Mary was a field crew boss for many years and worked as a floral designer for 25 years at Fangen Floral (Nyssa), Eastside Florist (Ontario), Flower Trunk (Ontario) and Flowers by Betty (Nyssa).
Mary was active and involved in the Nyssa High School PTA, Mrs. Virginia Steffen’s Sewing Club, Vale Garden Club, Idaho-Oregon Buddhist Temple Fujinkai, and Madame Fujima’s Toei Kai Dance Club.
Mary’s interests were cooking, gardening, sewing, quilting, paper crafts, and art. Mary also enjoyed bowling and fishing. With a smile she would proudly state,”Raising my children and grandchildren are my fondest memories. I enjoy watching them grow up.”
Mary is survived by her daughters, Janet (Steve) Koda of Vale, OR, Janis (James) Couey of Colorado Springs, CO and Carol (Roger) Tolman of Fruitland, ID. Grandchildren include Keely (Rodney) Davison, Ronny Koda, James Couey, Jennifer Couey, Adam (Jen) Tolman, and Collin Tolman. Great-grandchildren are Wesley Paget, Adalyn Tolman, Beckett Tolman, and Archie Davison. She is also survived by her younger brother, Robert Ouchida, youngest sister, Rosie Kuroye, and numerous nephews and nieces. Mary was preceded in death by her son, husband, parents, and four brothers and two sisters.
Services will be held Friday, May 26, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Idaho-Oregon Buddhist Temple, in Ontario, OR. A private family burial will follow at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either Heart ‘n Home Hospice and Palliative Care at 1107 NW 11th Street, Fruitland, ID 83619, www.goHOSPICE.com; or Care At Home at 929 NW 16th Street, Fruitland, ID 83619.

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