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Helen H. Nakashima

1925 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
1925 ~ 2014
Helen H. Nakashima - loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and devoted friend - passed away peacefully at her home in Salt Lake City on March 9, 2014 with her family by her side. She was born in Gilroy, CA on April 7, 1925 to Miyoye and Takataro Shiba. After high school in Poston Arizona, she moved to the Midwest, settling in Chicago where she began an artful career as a beautician and, in 1948, married Frank Nakashima. In 1962, Helen and Frank moved to Salt Lake City with their three children.
The oldest of seven children, Helen helped her parents raise her siblings. She wished only the best for everyone she knew and strived for the same in herself. At age 53, she returned to school and received with honors her certificate in Computer/Office Operations from Salt Lake Community College. Her joys included golf, bowling, sewing, knitting, travel with Frank and doting over her grandchildren. She also had a passion for cooking and her dishes made with love were cherished by all. Helen will be greatly missed but she will also be fondly and lovingly remembered.
Helen is survived by her husband Frank, her children Bruce (Christie North), Julie (Mark) Mele, Brian; grandchildren Lizzy and JT (children to Bruce and Christie); sisters Tomi Sujishi, Mary (Harry) Imamura, Alyce (Tad) Hideshima, Yuri Uyeda; and numerous nieces and nephews. Helen was preceded in death by her parents, brother Yosh Shiba and sister Sumi Takehara.
Her family would like to give special thanks to her in-home caregivers, especially Janette Perry and Salote Ata, for their love and devotion in helping make Helen's last chapter in life as comfortable and meaningful as possible.
An open house to celebrate Helen's life will be held on Sunday, March 30th from 11:00am to 2:00pm at Red Butte Gardens Orangerie, 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Mar. 16 to Mar. 24, 2014
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