Dorothy Wada (1924 - 2010)

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Dorothy Wada, age 86, of Huron, S.D., died Sunday, June 6, 2010, at Huron Regional Medical Center.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 10, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church with family present during those hours, and a prayer service at 7 p.m.; or Thursday morning one hour prior to the service. A second funeral service will be held at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, Calif., followed by burial in Rose Hills Cemetery. Visit

Dorothy Yayoi Nakayama was born March 20, 1924, in Montebello, Calif., the daughter of Mokuemon and Iye (Nakamura) Nakayama.

She met her husband, Gabriel Wada, at the flower market while selling fresh flowers from the family farm.

Dorothy and Gabriel married on Jan. 30, 1941, in Yuma, Ariz. Dorothy and Gabriel lived in Compton, Calif., until Gabriel, Dorothy, and their son, Gabriel Jr., were evacuated in 1942, during World War II, to Tulare, Calif., and were later moved to a camp in Gila Rivers, Ariz. After leaving the relocation camp in 1944, she moved to Butte, where her husband had been assigned to work. While in Butte she worked as a bookkeeper for the railroad.

In 1947, they moved to Three Forks, where she worked more than 25 years in retail, and retired in 1984. In 1990, she moved to Westminister, Calif. In 1991, they moved to Williston, N.D., to be near her daughter and family. While residing in Williston she earned her GED when she was 72 and worked at Economart grocery store and JC Penney.

In 2006, she moved to Huron, S.D. While in Huron she worked for Wal-Mart as a People Greeter from 2006 to present and was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church.

Dorothy enjoyed knitting, embroidery, crocheting, gardening, attending her grandchildren's activities, and helping others whenever she could. She was a FHA chapter mother, a Cub Scout, a Girl Scout, and a 4-H leader.

Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Shirley (Tom) Tietz of Huron, S.D., and their children: Angela (Ryan) Lindley of Okinawa, Japan, and their children Collyn, Alexa, and Akyra; Chris (Vecta) Tietz of Mandan, N.D., and their children Trevin and Treys; Deanna (Matt) Monson of Fargo, N.D., and their children Ayden and Damen; and Jessica Tietz of Boulder, Colo. Dorothy is also survived by her granddaughters, Michele (Craig) Hedquist of Casper, Wyo., and their children: Samson Hedquist and his son Samuel; Braxton, Aryn, and Paul Hedquist; Kimara (Kayn) Bernard of Hakkaido, Japan, and their son Kenny; her grandson, Jeff (Kathy) Wada of Phoenix, Ariz.; her sisters, Sachiyo Ruby Budo of Las Vegas, Nev., and Momoka Mary Inouye of California; and many nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gabriel on Feb. 4, 1995; sisters, Haruko Nakayama, Miyuki Grace Winn, Sayuri Lilly Kajimoto; brothers, Nobuyoshi, Motohiko George, Jimi, Takamatsu Dick, her son, Gabriel Wada Jr.; and great-granddaughter, Madison Hedquist.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on June 10, 2010
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