OBITUARY: Velma Natsuko Kurihara

KURIHARA, VELMA NATSUKO, 92, passed away peacefully on Dec. 22, 2017 at The Sequoias San Francisco. She was born JUNE 25, 1925 in Tulare, CA.
Velma is survived by her sisters Marie Kurihara and Betty Ozawa (Koji) and many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

She attended Orosi High School.

During WWII Velma was sent to Poston (Camp III) Arizona (Executive Order 9066 – authorized by the president) where persons of Japanese ancestry were forcibly removed from the West Coast to 10 American Concentration camps. She was permitted to leave for Chicago. In 1945 she returned to California to attend Meritt Business School in Oakland. She lived in San Francisco & became an Executive Secretary for Pacific Far East Lines & Matson. She was a valuable stenographer until her retirement in 1993.

She was an active member of Pine United Methodist Church and its choir. She enjoyed classical and choral music. Her grand nieces and nephews gave her much joy from their violin and cello performances. Her interests were knitting, quilting, cooking and gardening. She was an avid S.F. Giants & Warriors fan. She volunteered and served at Kimochi Nutrition. Her love, concern and generosity to family was endless. She will be dearly missed. A private service was held.

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