OBITUARY: Toki Murakami

Toki Murakami

Toki Murakami

MURAKAMI, TOKI, 91, Passed away peacefully at her home on Sept. 16, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. Toki was very outgoing, fun-loving and had many lasting friendships. She and Machi her husband for over 60 years held large Oshogatsu, New Years parties in their home serving delicious Japanese-American foods. Toki was a life-long Giants fan and loved to cook, golf and play cards. Born Nov. 11, 1921 to Haru and Yahachiro Miyahara, Toki lived her entire life in San Francisco except for three years when she was unjustly imprisoned at Topaz Utah Concentration Camp during WWII. Toki worked tirelessly to reestablish the Japanese American community in San Francisco after the war by teaching Japanese American values and culture to children at the Buddhist Church, caring for and supporting Nisei Veterans, and working to support her large, extended family. She worked for over 30 years at the American Red Cross. She was predeceased by her husband Machi, older sisters Hanie and Shiko, younger brother George, and son Gary. She is survived by her daughters Mako and Ann, four grand children, six great grand children, and four great, great grandchildren. She was a loving generous spirit who loudly spoke her mind. Toki will be greatly missed by all her family and friends. At the family’s request no public memorial service will be held.

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