Lydia Kamehaiku Kauo

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Lydia Kamehaiku Kauo, 83, a longtime resident of Weaver, passed away in Charlotte, N.C., on Dec. 14, 2014. She was born in Honolulu on June 14, 1931 and served more than 20 years in the United States Army. She retired in 1975 at Fort McClellan and was a proud member of the Women's Army Corps. She loved reading The Anniston Star, eating breakfast at Jack's, drinking sweet tea and sugar coating nothing. She passed down her love of sweets and every year especially enjoyed sneaking into her granddaughter's Halloween candy. She was a dedicated Alabama football fan. When asked by her son-in-law, who's going to win today, she replied without fail, "Alabama of course." She dearly loved her daughter, took great pride in her granddaughter and greatly enjoyed traveling with family. She was proud of her Hawaiian heritage and revered by her large family on the Hawaiian islands. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Joseph Kauo; her mother, Katherine Keahi Kauo; her sisters, Rebecca, Annie, Charlotte and Margaret; her brothers, Joseph, Harry and Richard. She is survived by her daughter, Elena Leialoha Kauo Salazar; her son-in-law, Steve Salazar; her granddaughter, Keala Grace Kauo Salazar; many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. A celebration of her life will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the USO in her memory.
Published in The Anniston Star on Dec. 23, 2014