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November 5, 1951 - January 10, 2013
On a bright winter day Masami's cheerful face and spirit came to serene rest. Predeceased by her parents, Takeshi and Kimiko Maruki, she is survived by her husband of 34 years, Arthur, brothers Yoshimasa (Ayako) and Masafumi (Kazuko), nephews Ryo and Yuto and the extended Yesaki family. Arriving in Canada, she continued her childhood practice of the Japanese tea ceremony and became a member of The Urasenke Vancouver Association. She developed an interest in spinning, weaving and dyeing, and joined The Greater Vancouver Spinners and Weavers Guild. Her naturally open and friendly manner endeared her to everyone. A private cremation will be followed by a celebration of Masami's life at Aberthau Community Centre, 4397 W. 2nd Avenue, Vancouver, at 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. January 21. We thank the British Columbia Cancer Agency and Pacific Spirit Community Health Centre Palliative Care Service for their support and care of Masami. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Vancouver Hospice Society (4615 Granville St., Vancouver, B.C. V6H 3M1) or a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Jan. 16, 2013