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Sanaye "Sunny" Yokota


1928 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Sanaye "Sunny" Yokota Obituary
June 6, 1928 - February 24, 2016 Born June 6, 1928 in Los Angeles, CA. Died at age 87 on February 24, 2016. Predeceased by her beloved husband of 50 years, Hiroshi Yokota. Survived by her three children Lance (Kathy Fong), Alice (Rod Cooley) and Carole and many more relatives. She had two brothers (Kiyoshi and Kazuo "Jim") and three sisters (Tamako, Yuriko and Kiyoko "Dottie"). She lived in LA until she was sent to the internment camp Gila River 1 and 2 in Arizona. She graduated from Hollywood High School and graduation was held at the Hollywood Bowl. She was Vice President of YBA Young Buddhist Association. Sanaye attended LA City College, where she received a Letterman's sweater for Basketball. There, she was President of the Women's Asian Athletic Association; played baseball, volleyball and basketball (LA Saints); and was a coach for basketball and an advisor to a high school social group. While attending LA City College, she worked at Bullocks Wilshire on Saturdays and at a flower shop on Sundays. She received her B.A. in Education, with a minor in History, from California State University, Los Angeles. Sanaye's first teaching job was at the Rialto Unified School District. In 1954, she moved to Sacramento to teach 1st grade at the Arden-Carmichael School District. In 1956, she married Hiroshi Yokota. In 1957, she stopped teaching to raise her three children. While her children were growing up, she was a den mother, room mother, member of the PTA (Parent Teacher Association), took her children to Buddhist Church, and did some bowling. In 1969, she returned to teach 1st grade at the Elk Grove Unified School District, Charles E. Mack Elementary School. In 1992, Sanaye retired from teaching. She continued to work with elementary school children in an after-school program at the Elk Grove Unified School District until 2005. Sanaye liked to read, sew, knit and crochet. She attended the Gedatsu Church and belonged to the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and a book club with other teachers. She lived at the Meadows retirement community in Elk Grove. Last October she moved into Young At Heart, Residential Care Facility for the Elderly in Sacramento, where she lived her last days. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service, Saturday, March 13, 2016, 2:00pm at the Buddhist Church of Sacramento, 2401 Riverside Blvd. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gedatsu Church of America, 4016 Happy Lane, Sacramento, CA 95827 (916) 363-6054.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Mar. 6, 2016
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