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Dorothy Y. Ikkanda


1921 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Dorothy Y. Ikkanda Obituary
February 10, 1921 - December 29, 2015 Dorothy Yasoe Ikkanda (94) passed away on December 29, 2015 at the UCLA Santa Monica Hospital. She is survived by her sons Richard and Martin Ikkanda; daughter Donna Ikkanda-Beilock; daughters-in-law Christiana Ikkanda and Catherine Ikkanda; son-in-law John Beilock; grandchildren Nicole Ikkanda, Zachary (Lucy) Ikkanda, Travis Ikkanda, Noelle (James) Lovewell, and Joshua Beilock; great grandsons Kieran Sadauski and Henry Lovewell; sister Clara Hamasaki; sister-in-law Haruko Ikkanda; nieces Janice Ikkanda-Trost and Christine (Merlton) Konishi; nephews Fred (Joyce) Yamagishi and James (Margaret) Hamasaki; and many great nieces and nephews. Born in Los Angeles on February 10, 1921 to Yoshishige and Kunie Yamagishi, Dorothy was the third of four children: Fred, Clara, and Toki Yamagishi. She was raised in the Ocean Park area of Santa Monica, California where she attended John Muir Elementary and Santa Monica High School. On May 18, 1941, Dorothy married Tom Ikkanda. In April 1942, Executive Order 9066 resulted in their forced evacuation to the Manzanar Relocation Camp. They were released seven months later and joined Dorothy's family in Reno, Nevada. While in Reno, Dorothy gave birth to sons Richard (b. 1943) and Martin (b. 1946). Dorothy and Tom returned to California in 1948, and settled their young family in the Sawtelle neighborhood of West Los Angeles where they would remain for over 60 years. Dorothy gave birth to daughter Donna in 1949, and was a full-time homemaker committed to the raising of her three children. She was a cub scout den mother, assistant girl scout troop leader, and active participant in the PTAs at all her children's schools. In the mid-1960s, she began working full-time for the purchasing department of the Santa Monica School District, and was a dedicated contributor to activities at the West Los Angeles Buddhist Temple. To all who knew her, Dorothy will always be remembered for her boundless energy and friendly spirit. It was her nature to generously give time and attention to those in need, and to be loyal and loving in her support of family and friends. Private funeral services were held at the WLA Buddhist Temple at 2003 Corinth Avenue, Los Angeles 90025 on Friday, February 12. www.fukui mortuary.com (213) 626-0441
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 11 to Feb. 14, 2016
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