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Amy Imai
June 23, 1930-Dec. 31, 2013
Resident of Mtn. View
Amy Imai passed away at home of natural causes on Dec., 2013, while preparing the special foods for the coming New Year's day celebration. Amy was the eldest daughter of John and Kinuyo Kunimoto, sister of the Late George (Kimi) Kunimoto, Arthur Kunimoto, and Kathleen (Hiro) Kobata.
Amy spent her childhood in rural Mtn. View, until her family was relocated to Heart Mountain in Wyoming during World War II. They were sent to Santa Anita Race track in Los Angeles where her family barrack was on the blacktop during a very hot summer. Later that year they were moved to Heart Mountain. As the oldest daughter, she was not able to participate in after school activities like many other young teens because she needed to care for her younger brother and baby sister. Starting high school in camp, Amy finished at Fremont High School in Sunnyvale, CA. where she was selected to be one of the speakers at her high school graduation. In 1957 Amy married the late Robert Imai. Together they built a successful business growing carnations for almost 30 years. She also spent ten years as the deli manager at Lucky's Supermarket to insure they had medical insurance into the future. They raised four wonderful children, Robert, Darren, Bruce and Susan. Amy was very involved in her children's lives and in the community supporting the Tri-City Association, Mtn. View Buddhist Temple, Mtn. View/Los Altos High School District, Mtn. View Community Services Agency, and much more. She has five grandchildren, Michi, Robbie, Alyssa, Miyo, and Seiji. Always very involved in their lives, she attended their sporting events, recitals, graduations, and all the things they were involved in. Throughout her life, Amy's quest was to "make a difference in my passing through this life." A quest that lead to her involvement in education. She took an active role in the Mtn. View/Los Altos High School District, spent over 35 years supporting the Mtn. View/Iwata Sister City program, and spoke frequently of her life experiences and the Japanese internment at schools, colleges, and local libraries. She has been a big advocate for senior needs and education. She researched and contacted many community organizations and agencies who provide support, services and education for senior issues. The Mtn. View Buddhist Temple was her passion. She was a Dharma School teacher for over 45 years, coordinated the Otoki for 15 years, organized the Temple Senior group, has been the Echo Editor, part of the office staff, and much more.
As a Buddhist Amy believed that "you live each day, things happen, good or bad and you make the best of it." Her hope was to instill this in her children and grandchildren that they understand that "this is their strength of being happy and to seize each day as it will never happen again."
Amy's nurturing, encouragement, direction, and friendship will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Friends are invited to attend a Funeral Service at the Mtn. View Buddhist Temple, 575 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mtn. View on Sat., Jan. 11, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. Please sign guestbook at:


Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Jan. 7, 2014
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