Alice Ogawa

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Alice (Fumi) Hayashida Ogawa
January 13, 1921 - April 12, 2017
Alice (Fumi) Hayashida Ogawa was born Jan. 13, 1921 in Sunnydale, Washington and passed away peacefully on April 12, 2017 in Boise, Idaho. Her family grew strawberries in Bellevue, Washington in the 1930s and trucked them to Pikes Market in Seattle to sell. She graduated from Bellevue High School in 1939.
In 1942, her family was placed in an internment center in Pinedale, California, transferred to Tule Lake and then evacuated to the Minidoka Internment Center in Hunt, Idaho. Alice worked as a teacher in the second grade and received pay of $19.00 a month. During her internment in Minidoka, she met and married Yosie Ogawa who lived in Osgood, Idaho in April of 1944.
Mom and Dad then moved to Nampa, Idaho where they farmed near the Sugar Beet Factory.
In the 1960's the farm was sold and they opened a new business known as Family Pocket Billiards in Caldwell, Idaho. Mom made the best salads that were the daily specials. It was a very successful business which allowed her four daughters to learn the restaurant business and play little pool.
Alice had many talents and worked in positions as an assistant librarian at the College of Idaho and
as a teacher's aide at Woodrow Wilson Junior High. She loved gardening and grew a variety of flowers and vegetables. Mom won several blue ribbons at the county and state fair for her sugar beets and watermelons. She also loved music and liked to sing but only around the house. Mom was a member of the Zonta and ToastMasters International Clubs, Chrysanthemum Club, Idaho- Oregon Buddhist Temple and the Boise Valley Japanese Citizens league.
Alice had an adventurous streak and traveled to Japan and Oahu several times. She went to Branson, Missouri to see the Lennon Sisters from the Lawrence Welk show, Atlanta, Georgia to attend a chrysanthemum convention and of course, many trips to Michigan to see her grandchildren and great granddaughters. Wild Wednesdays in Jackpot with her brother and sister were also enjoyed. Even though it became difficult for Alice to travel, she would often ask "where can we go now"?
Alice is survived by her four daughters: Iris (David) Horner of Okemos, MI. , Lois (Frank) Hasebe of Beaverton, OR., Janis Ogawa and Jerry Kirk, Boise ID., and Tyris (Peter) Thomas of Federal Way, WA. Granddaughter Tamiko (MC) Rothhorn, two great granddaughters, Katarina and Mori Rothhorn of Lansing, Michigan and grandson, Mark (Mellina) Horner of Huntington Beach, California. In addition are several nieces and nephews. Alice was preceded in death by her parents, Kenta and Kame Hayashida, brothers Shigeyuki, Satoru and Seichi, younger sister, Nori Oyama and former husband, Yosie Ogawa.
The family would like to thank Janis Ogawa, Jerry Kirk, Candice Horikawa, Ashley Harrison and Grace Assisted Living for their support and care of our Mother during the last years of her life and would like to acknowledge her lifelong friend, Martha Inouye. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Friends of Minidoka, P.O. Box 1085, Twin Falls, ID 83303.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, April 17, 2017 at 11:00 am at Bowman Funeral Parlor located at 10254 W. Carlton Bay Garden City, Idaho. Condolences may be made at

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Published in Idaho Press Tribune from Apr. 14 to Apr. 15, 2017