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Masako Hooper


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Masako Hooper

August 16, 1934 – October 8, 2017

Masako Hooper passed away at Torrance Memorial Hospital on Sunday October 8, 2017 at the age of 83. Masako was born on the tiny island of Miyako, about 500 miles south of Japan. She grew up in the town of Karimata and lived there until graduating high school at the age of 18. From there, Masako spent time in Okinawa and Kagoshima, Japan.

Masako moved to the United States in 1965 with her husband and six children, alternating years between the United States and Okinawa until she and her family permanently moved to the United States in 1973. Masako had lived in California, the Midwest, and East Coast until moving to Torrance in 1993, where she spent her last 24 years.

Masako was an avid dancer and performed Okinawan and Japanese folk dances with her Okinawan dance troupe throughout the Los Angeles area. She was a member of the Okinawan Association of America and belonged to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Redondo Beach.

Her personal interests included teaching Japanese Flower Arranging and the Japanese Tea Ceremony and was especially passionate about her bible study.

Masako is survived by her six children: Kenneth, Mike, Eileen, Stephen, John, and Robert. A celebration of Masako's life will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance the afternoon of Sunday October 15th at 2pm with a Reception following until 5pm. Visit Rice Mortuary's website www.lafuneral.com to send the family messages and share memories. Sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com.
Published in Daily Breeze on Oct. 12, 2017
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