OBITUARY: May Sumiko Iwahashi

May Sumiko Iwahashi

May Sumiko Iwahashi

IWAHASHI, MAY SUMIKO, 97, born July 23, 1916, loving wife of Donald Iwahashi for 74 years, passed away peacefully at her home on May 24, 2014 in Daly City surrounded by family. She is survived by her husband Donald, her four children, David, Kenneth, Pauline Nagata and Christine, her six grandchildren and one great grandchild.

She is preceded in death by her brother William Wake and her sister, Edna Shiota, and survived by siblings Alice Sakai, Florence Nagano, Lloyd Wake, Lillian Koda and Betty Machida.

In 1941, the family was interned in Camp III, Poston, Ariz. After WWII, they resumed their lives in Berkeley, CA and eventually moved to Daly City, where May lived out her life. May was a supportive wife and loving mother continually providing guidance and instilling family, Christian and cultural values. She worked alongside Don at their picture framing business for 30 years and was involved over several decades with scouting, PTA and church related activities. She enjoyed baking and kept her freezer well stocked with homemade treats to share with family and friends. She also found joy in sewing, tailoring custom suits and creating yearly Christmas crafts for the family. May and Don became globe trotters, and visited more than 30 countries in their extensive travels. Following her retirement May took up creative writing and joined a local poetry group. Her prose tells of experiences and spiritual insights depicting her amazing legacy. She was published and received numerous local and national awards.
Services were held on June 6, 2014 at Pine UMC.

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