Nori Oyama

Nori (Hayashida) Oyama
December 18, 1922 - March 3, 2014
Nori (Hayashida) Oyama was born December 18, 1922 and passed away peacefully on March 3, 2014 from a stroke while surrounded by her family. Nori was born in Sunydale, Washington to Kame and Kenta Hayashida. At the age of 6 Nori's family moved to Bellevue, Washington and started farming. She started first grade in Bellevue and graduated from high school in 1940.
In 1942 Nori's family was put in a temporary internment camp for 3 months in Pinedale, California then transferred to Tulelake where Nori worked for $16.00 a month as a secretary for the block manager. After a year and a half the family had to move to the Minidoka Internment Camp where she worked for the same $16.00 a month as a clerk at a convenience store for another year and a half. Finally, when they were allowed to leave the camp, Nori and her Mother went to live with her brother, Seichi, and his wife, Chickie, who were working for a farmer in Houston, Idaho, where she worked weeding onions and harvesting beets. After her brother left for work with the Platt brothers, Nori worked at Simplots, Crookham, and Caldwell Floral. Nori's last 20 years, before retirement in 1985, were as a secretary for the Shaffer-Buck Agency.
Nori married Roy, whom she met in the Minidoka Camp, in February of 1949 and they were able to celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary this year. Nori and Roy had 3 sons, Terry, Alan, and Greg. In 1998, Nori and Roy moved into a new home/duplex that Alan had designed for the 3 of them. She greatly enjoyed living in her new home, especially the spacious kitchen.
After retiring, Nori was very fortunate to enjoy many trips, some of which she took while still working. She went to Japan, Canada, Mexico, Washington, D.C., Florida, Hawaii, and many other interesting places. Nori also enjoyed bowling (the Caldwell Bowl Senior League will miss her foot stomping antics), crappie fishing, card playing, puzzles, and of course, gambling. Nori was an accomplished seamstress and a wonderful cook, her famous potato salad and sushi will be missed at family gatherings.
Nori was a member of the Idaho Oregon Buddhist Temple and was active in their Fujin-kai organization where she helped with their annual Bazaars and Obon Festivals. Nori was also a member of the Boise Valley Chapter of the Japanese American Citizen's League.
Nori was very proud of her children, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and enjoyed attending whatever activities they were involved in.
She was preceded in death by her father Kenta, mother, Kame, and brothers, Satoru of Nampa, Shigeyuki of Japan, and Seichi of Caldwell. She is survived by her husband, Roy, her 3 sons and their wives, Terry and Kathleen of Aloha, Oregon, Alan of Caldwell, Idaho, and Greg and Laraina of Meridian, Idaho. She is also survived by her sister, Fumi Ogawa of Boise, ID and numerous nieces and nephews and four grandchildren and their families, Kyle and Michelle (Shelby and Jacob) of Oregonia, Ohio, Todd and Mandy (Lucy, Carson, and Graham) of Pendleton, Oregon, Jennifer (Sabrina) Sirani of Meridian, Idaho, and Autumn of Salmon, Idaho.
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at West Valley Medical Center who did everything possible to make Nori's final hours as comfortable as possible.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 8th, 2014 at Dakan's Funeral Chapel at 504 So. Kimball Avenue in Caldwell, Idaho. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at

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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Mar. 6, 2014