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On Tuesday, January 31st our mother, Mary S. Toyoda, passed away peacefully at her home with her family at her side. Her house is filled with pictures of her and our dad on trips and events throughout the world. In the photos their love for each other is obvious. Our father passed away 5 years ago, and she did a great job carrying on. However, we could tell she missed him terribly. Our sadness is consoled somewhat in that she was able to finally join him.

Mary Shizuko Oka was born in Loomis, CA but grew up in San Jose. During the war, her family was interned and sent to Heart Mountain WY. She often said she had never been so cold in her life. Making lemonade from very sour lemons, she made the best of it. She decided to look at "camp", as the internees' called it, as an adventure. She was very active and often told us how she climbed up Heart Mountain and returned to camp in one afternoon. She was able to leave camp before the war ended by taking a job in Nashville, TN. She later moved to Kansas to attend college at Baker University.

After the war ended, "Shiz", as her family called her, was re-united with them in California. While working in San Francisco, she met our dad, Yutaka, who was attending dental school there. Apparently, she had the interest of more than one dental student at UCSF, fortunately for us, she choose our dad and they were married in 1952. Soon after, Yutaka joined the army and was stationed in Fort Lewis, WA. Two years and one daughter later, they moved to Yuba City where Dad set up practice. They remained here ever since.

Mary loved golf, bridge, musicals, hula and ballroom dancing. Later in life, she became an avid Giants fan. Buster Posey was one of her very, very favorite ball players. She also was a devoted grandmother.

Mary is survived by her siblings Lily Hirakawa, Amos Oka, George Oka, Eva Nakano, James Oka and Robert Oka, children Judy Coe (Dave), Vernon (Janice), grandchildren Casey Coe, Aaron Coe, Caity Coe, Jaime Toyoda and Griffin Toyoda.

A "Celebration of Life" memorial is being planned for the afternoon of Saturday, March 4th, 2017. If you would like to attend, please email [email protected] for details. RSVP's are requested by Wednesday, February 22nd.

Instead of flowers or Koden, remembrances may be made in her name to or to the Sutter North Hospice.

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Published in Appeal Democrat from Feb. 18 to Feb. 19, 2017
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