Aiko Nakagawa

Aiko Nakagawa (nee Ohashi) was born on November 20, 1924.  She passed away peacefully on August 1st,  2017 at the age of 92, in Salmon Arm. 

She is predeceased by her loving husband Michael Masakazu,, her brothers Shigeo, Minoru, Jyoji, and Kiyoshi, her sisters-in-law Hariye and Masaye.  She is survived by her younger brother Art (Mitzi) of Vernon, and her sister-in-law Hanako of Vernon.  She lives in the hearts of her five children, Lloyd (Atsuko) Nakagawa of Salmon Arm, Gary (Azucena) Nakagawa of Richmond, Jeffrey (Anne) Nakagawa of Salmon Arm, Noreen (James) Tamaki of Burnaby, and Patricia West of Edmonton. She is also warmly remembered by grandchildren Stephanie (Michael), Trisha ,Matthew, Vanessa, Allison (Oliver), Kimberly, Cydney and Michael and great grandchildren Anniston and Niko. 

Aiko was born in Mission, BC, to Jujiro and Toki Ohashi, on November 20, 1924. She was the only daughter amongst five sons and she always wanted to do as much as the boys. Her parents ran a successful poultry and fruit farm before the war until they were evacuated to Lillooet.  After the war, the family moved to Vernon, where she met her future husband Mike, and moved to Salmon Arm. Mom took great care to ensure that the family was never wanting.  She toiled tirelessly on our family’s strawberry fields, ensuring that we could produce enough fruit to enhance our lives. Everything Mom did was for the benefit of her children. 

The family wishes to thank the staff of Piccadilly Care Center for the care and respect they showed our Mom, especially near the end of her life.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to do so may make a donation to the Shuswap Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice.

A memorial service will be held at Bowers Funeral Home, September 23, 2017 at 12:00 PM.

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