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Chieko Nodomi Goodine, born September 4, 1940 in Hakata, Japan, passed away January 21, 2013 in Kingwood, Texas. Chieko was a talented artist who had a natural gift for drawing and dancing. She loved music and would listen to everything from Janis Joplin, Otis Redding to Marty Robbins. She drew the line at Gordon Lightfoot, though. She had a great voice and loved to sing along with her Japanese ballads (Enka) while doing housework. She took wonderful care of her family by being an accomplished seamstress and an excellent cook. Her specialty was Japanese cuisine and Lasagna. She was an expert hostess and seemingly effortlessly, she could arrange a jumbled vase of flowers into something truly beautiful by using both her instinct and her knowledge of traditional Japanese flower arranging (Ikebana). Chieko was a natural beauty who had an extraordinary flair for fashion and was fastidious with her appearance, even during her last days. She had always been a voracious reader but as the arthritis made her other hobbies too difficult, she relied even more heavily on her books. Through the years she amassed an impressive collection and read everything from Anna Karenina to Go Ask Alice. Her greatest pride and joy though, was her family. She adored her husband and loved her children fiercely. When the grandchildren came along you could see the love beaming out from every pore. The osteoarthritis that caused daily weakness and pain left her emotionally drained and vulnerable but she was so graceful during those long three and a half years. She made sure that each of us knew she loved us "sooo much." She was sincere, loyal and there was nobody quite like her anywhere "in the whole wide world." She was truly one of a kind, loved by many, especially her lucky family. Chieko is survived by her husband of 47 years, Paul Goodine; daughters, Shawna Mari Hills and her husband, Eric and Turisa Margaret Rucker and her husband, Josh; son, David Mark Goodine; grandchildren, Lili Rucker, Harlan Rucker, Sullivan Akira Hills, and Charleston Hiro Hills; and Chieko's dog, "Thurgood". A Memorial Mass was celebrated at St. Martha Catholic Church on Thursday, January 24, 2013.
Published on youreastmontgomerynews.com from Jan. 24 to Feb. 6, 2013