Margaret Sato "Maggie" Gikiu
1925 - 2020

Margaret "Maggie" Sato Gikiu

1925 ~ 2020

Margaret "Maggie" Sato Gikiu, 95, passed away on November 3, 2020, from natural causes. She was born in Hood River, Oregon, to Japanese immigrants Kamematsu and Shizuko Norimatsu as the fifth in a family of ten children. Her childhood was spent working and playing on the family farm in Hood River. In 1942, her family was abruptly ordered to enter Japanese Internment Camps because of World War II. The family spent two of the internment camp years in Tule Lake, California, before being transferred to the Hunt Camp in Minidoka, Idaho, for the remainder of the war. Maggie finished high school in camp.

Maggie married Jim Gikiu here in Southern Idaho, and they set about establishing a loving, supportive and welcoming home for family and friends. Their family was complete with two children – daughter Linda and son Kit.

Cooking was her passion. The kitchen always had the aroma of a delicious treat. Success with perfect pastry crust and just-right pie fillings came readily to her. We have fond memories of richly delicious home-made candies, crisp buttery cookies and expansive holiday dinners. All of which Maggie loved to share with family and friends. The granddogs even got gifts of home-made biscuits.

For decades Maggie was an Avon representative and made many long-lasting friendships among her customers. She was bright, quick and energetic with a penchant for speaking her mind. She was proud of her family's talents and successes, especially Kit's musical abilities.

Maggie is survived by her daughter Linda (Jerry) Fischer and her son Kit (Sherry Likes) all of Twin Falls, her youngest sister Bonnie (Ronnie) Schaffer of New Jersey, her brother-in-law Frank Gikiu of California, her "adopted granddaughters" Kristin and Kelly Patterson of Arizona and many nieces and nephews and their families.

She was preceded in death by her husband Jim, her parents and eight of her siblings.

Maggie's family thanks the staff of Bridgeview Assisted Living for taking such good care of her and Dr. Lisa Burgett for her special attention. A thanks, as well, to Ginger of Visions.

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Published by Magic Valley Times-News on Nov. 11, 2020.
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Sorry for your loss Linda Jerry Kit Sherry Just glad to visit Maggie few years back.
Jerry Norimatsu
November 28, 2020
We loved Maggie, she was our Avon lady. Our momDonna Benoit worked with Jim at Sears. We lived on Filer Ave, she would give me lipstick samples and bring us lovely treats. Our mom passed March 13, 2020 at the age of 90. Love to you, Benoit Family
Lisa Benoit
November 14, 2020
Linda, I am so very sorry for your loss. I remember your mom from our time in dance classes.
Sandy Magill
November 12, 2020
To Linda, sorry I didn't know your brother, but I did know your Mother. She was so dear to my heart. We had some great talks. I remember her so very well I cried as I read her obit. Last time I saw her was at the Filer fair, you were with her. We acknowledged each other but didn't get a chance to chat. It is hard to lose ones Mother. My prayers and thoughts are with you and all your family. With love, Annamarie
Annamarie Eastman Bent
November 12, 2020
Linda, We wanted to express how sorry we are for your loss!! My mom (Bette Hendrix) loved having Maggie as her Avon lady. She lost track of her, not knowing she was at Bridgeview. I am a fellow graduate of yours and childhood friend of your sister-in-law, Gloria.
Connie (Hendrix) Parker
November 11, 2020
Maggie was always so sweet everytime she came into the clinic. Sorry for your loss.
November 11, 2020