Yoshiko "Mechiko" Green

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'Mechiko' WARRENVILLE, S.C. - Mrs. Yoshiko 'Mechiko' Green, 74, of Warrenville, SC, wife of the late Pickens B. Green Jr., entered into rest on Sunday, November 21st, 2010 at her residence. Mechiko was born in Naha, Japan and was a daughter of the late Shigami and Shizu Tokuda Haruyama, Mechiko met Pickens while he was serving in the Army stationed in Okinawa. They had the kind of love story that fairy tales are made of. At that time, marriage was not allowed due to the repercussions of WWII. Through perseverance they finally won the right to marry. Pick and Mechiko left her homeland with their four month old daughter in 1954 and became a resident of Aiken County, SC. Mechiko was graciously accepted by Pick's family who were devout Christians and she joined them as a member of Langley First Baptist Church. She was an excellent seamstress and her favorite hobby was cooking. She retired from Automatic Switch Company as a supervisor. After becoming a young widow in 1974, she dedicated her life to her family. She was known as "MeMa" and loved by all who knew her. Family members include her children, Debby (Mike) Markwalter, North Augusta, SC, Donny Green, North Augusta, SC, Dale (Tria) Green, St. Petersburg, FL, Deanna (Terry) Ellis, Evans, GA and Diane Green, North Augusta, SC; siblings, Yaeko Eskildson, Clarksville, TN, Mitsuko Haruyama, Tokyo, Japan; sister-in-law, Grace (Roy) Russell, Pineville, NC; grandchildren, Andrea (Trey) M. Williams, Brittany (Justin) M. Hamilton, Jenni Green, Jonathan Green, Christopher Green, Elizabeth (David) McLaughlin, Josh Cash and Alexis Cash and great-grandchildren, Jaden Green and Cannon Williams and lifelong friends, Farrell and Edna Ivey of Bath, SC. Funeral services will be held at 11 o'clock on Saturday at Langley First Baptist Church, Langley, SC, with Rev. Ken Garvin officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Graniteville, SC. Pallbearers will be Roy and Chuck Russell, Charles Greene, Richard Green, and Robert Lucero, Richard Lucero, and Richard Eskildson. To leave a message for the family, visit HatcherFuneralHome.com. The family has asked that memorials be made to Langley First Baptist Church, Box 321, Langley, SC 29834. Friends may call at the home of Debby Markwalter, 1953 Green Forrest Drive, North Augusta, SC or on Friday evening from 6 until 8 o'clock at Hatcher Funeral Home, US 1, Langley, SC. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

Published in The Augusta Chronicle on Nov. 24, 2010
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