OBITUARY: Alice Kimiko Hayashi

HAYASHI, ALICE KIMIKO of Sacramento went to her next life peacefully June 13, 2013 at the age of 100. She was the second daughter of three girls born to the late Frank and Matsuye Sakata of Kumamoto, Japan. Born July 10, 1912 in Clarksburg, Calif., Alice attended a one-room schoolhouse until the family moved to Sacramento when she was in the third grade. She graduated from Sacramento High School and Sacramento City junior college before going to Japan for a year to study Japanese culture. Upon her return, she met the love of her life, the late Akio Hayashi, who was a newly practicing dentist at the time. They were married 55 years. At the onset of WWII, Alice and Akio, their three children and their families were interned at the Tule Lake Relocation Center for persons of Japanese ancestry. From there, they were sent to Minidoka, Idaho and then Caldwell, Idaho before returning to Sacramento four-and-a-half years later, anxious to settle into the Land Park home they completed just before their internment.

Alice and Akio raised four children: Dr. Robert (Toni) — Napa, Edwin (Reiko) — Fresno, Sybil (Jerry Miyamoto) — Sacramento and David (Sara) — Seattle, Wash. Alice also is survived by her sister, Grace Sugiyama, 13 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews — all of whom will miss her greatly.

Both Alice and Akio were wonderful examples to their family, demonstrating strong work ethics and giving back to the community through volunteerism and leadership. Together, they were instrumental in helping to organize Ikebana International, the art of Japanese flower arrangement, complementing one of her favorite hobbies, gardening. She loved to be in her beautiful backyard enjoying a new “slip” she planted or pulling a weed or two. She always had beautiful floral arrangements in her home.

Alice was a One Thousand Club member of the JACL (Japanese American Citizens League) and was also very active in the Dental Society. She was always by Akio’s side as he advanced through the chairs from Senator Lions President to District Governor of 4-C5. Alice was a great cook and enjoyed entertaining. On New Year’s Day friends and family would travel many hours to enjoy her famous “Good Luck Soup” and her delicious traditional Japanese food. Her other hobbies included sewing, knitting, bridge and visiting San Francisco to enjoy the symphony and opera. She was also an avid Sacramento Kings fan, knew all the players names and would not miss a game on television.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 29 at 2 p.m. at the Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church, 6929 Franklin Blvd. in Sacramento. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Parkinson Association of Northern California, 7840 Madison Avenue, Ste. 107, Fair Oaks, CA 95628 or a charity of your choice.

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