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Tamae Russ


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Tamae Russ Obituary
February 10, 1932 - May 11, 2016 Tamae Russ, age 84, of Orange, CA passed away in Orange on May 11, 2016. Tamae was born in Saipan on February 10, 1932 to Nabi and Kentoku Akamine. To know Tamae's past is a testament to the strong and courageous person she was. Tamae experienced the loss of her father, mother and several siblings at the age of 12, during WWII when the US invaded Saipan. She was at her mother's side when she was shot and killed and after had to bravely continue hiding in the boondocks of Saipan to avoid capture. After a time, Tamae was shot as well and taken to a military hospital to recover and then to a holding camp where she was reunited with her oldest sister. She was later taken in by her uncle and lived in Okinawa, Japan. Thirty-six years later, she met her husband Bob and has lived in the United States for the last 47 years until she recently passed. Tamae was a caring stay at home mom who took wonderful care of her children and husband. Tamae is survived by her beloved husband of 47 years Bob, her children Eddie, Lucy and Mariko, her daughter-in-law Adrianna, her son-in-law Jonathan, and her grandchildren Tamia, Aliya and E.J.. She was predeceased by her father Kentoku and mother Nabi as well as several of her siblings. The many people Tamae got to know over the years always described her as kind and generous person. She was loved by all who knew her and will be dearly missed. Funeral services will be held at Fererra Colonial Mortuary in Orange, at 3:00pm on Sunday, May 15, 2016. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Kosair Children's Hospital. kosairchildrenshospital.com
Published in the Los Angeles Times on May 14, 2016
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