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February 27, 1924 - May 5, 2014
Mae Mie Endow, 90, was born in Pocatello, Idaho to Charles Chusaburo and Masa Kanno Kanomata on February 27, 1924. She passed away on May 5, 2014, at Bingham Memorial Hospital due to complications from pneumonia.
She was raised in the Pocatello area and attended Emerson Elementary School, Irving Junior High School, and Pocatello High School. In 1939 her family moved to Sendai, Japan. There she attended Shokei Baptist Missionary High School. After graduating from high school she attended the all girls' Shokei Baptist Missionary Junior College where she primarily studied home economics. After graduating from junior college she went to work in the library of the university in Sendai, Tohoku University, because of her ability to speak English. After the war ended she went to work for the occupation forces. In 1949 she decided to return to the United States. She returned to Pocatello and enrolled in the nursing program at Pocatello General Hospital. After graduating from that program and becoming a registered nurse she went to a post-graduate course at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. She returned to Pocatello to work at the hospital. She later worked at State Hospital South in Blackfoot and as the school nurse for the Blackfoot School District.
In 1954 she married Kazuo Endow, relocated to Blackfoot and together they raised four children. As a mother she was involved in many of her children's activities including Cub Scouts and 4-H.
She enjoyed cooking, sewing, reading and traveling. She also enjoyed her family, her immediate one and extended one. She was a member of the Blackfoot First Baptist Church where she was involved with the women's group. She was also active in the Blackfoot Home Makers Club and the Pocatello-Blackfoot Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League.
She is survived by her husband, Kazuo, and her children, Michele (Jim) Thielges, Richland, Washington, Fred Endow, Blackfoot, Denise Endow, Phoenix, Arizona, Ben Endow, Phoenix, Arizona, and two grandchildren, Brent and Stephanie Thielges. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Sumi Kanomata, and three brothers and a sister who died in infancy.
There will be a service to remember her life on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 11:00 am at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave., Blackfoot, Idaho. There will be a viewing on Friday, May 9, 2014 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family requests that a donation be made to the Blackfoot/Bingham County Senior Citizens Center. The family would like to thank Bingham Memorial Hospital and Skilled Nursing for the kindness that was extended to them by the employees there. Interment will be in the Mountainview cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org
HAWKER FUNERAL HOME
132 SOUTH SHILLING AVE
Blackfoot, ID 83221-3277
Published in Idaho State Journal on May 8, 2014