Dee Uyeda Ashworth Dee Uyeda Ashworth, beloved Mill Valley teacher and friend, passed away August 5th, 2006 in Tiburon. She had been ill with cancer for the past two years. She was born on March 27th, 1933. Dee was predeceased by her father the Reverend Shinjo Nagatomi, her mother Mrs. Sumi Nagatomi, and her brother Professor Masatoshi Nagatomi. Dee is survived by her husband Herbert Ashworth, her son Lee Starkey, her sisters Shirli Okabe and Jean Nagatomi, and her brothers-in-law Mas Okabe and Ryu Inoue. Dee's teaching career spanned 36 years from 1968 to 2004. She spent the majority of those years at Park School where she became an icon, touching the lives of many parents and children in the community. A lifelong Buddhist, Dee brought compassion, tolerance, aesthetic beauty and serenity to every life she touched. We will always remember the hallway lined with small shoes and the graceful origami cranes made by her students adorning the classroom. She shared her Japanese heritage by relating her childhood experiences at Manzinar Internment Camp during World War II. Teaching was Dee's life. She especially loved math and science and offered some unique and innovative programs in her curriculum. She always challenged her students -- encouraging them to do their personal best. A celebration of her life is being planned for the Mill Valley Community in the fall. Donations may be made to the Hospice of Marin at hospiceofmarin.org. Inquiries about the upcoming Service may be made to Roe Rigney at [email protected]
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Russell & Gooch Funeral Chapel 415.388.1573
Published by Marin Independent Journal on Aug. 17, 2006.