HONDA, MUTSUKO ALICE (TAGUMA), passed away peacefully at her home in Sacramento, Calif. on June 17, 2019 after a long battle with dementia. She was 88.

A vivacious spirit, she commanded the spotlight when she entered a room, & was known to have a big heart, kind to everyone, & was a great cook.

A native of Broderick, Calif., she was born on Oct. 6, 1930 to parents Iwakichi & Iwa Taguma, immigrants from Japan’s Yamaguchi Prefecture.

During WWII, she & her family of nine were uprooted from their home in Broderick (now part of W. Sacramento) and forcibly relocated, first to the Merced Assembly Center — a converted fairgrounds where they spent 4 months — and then to the Granada (Amache) concentration camp in Colorado.

She was predeceased by her parents, Iwakichi & Iwa Taguma, as well as siblings Noboru (Sakaye, deceased) Taguma, Bunji Bill (Michiyo, deceased) Taguma, Goichi Bob Taguma, Shizue Susie (Jack, deceased) Furutani & Shingo George (Tokiko) Taguma; & niece Cynthia Bruers.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 60 years, Toru Honda; loving daughter Julie (Kyle) Tsuye of Sacramento; & her beloved granddaughters Makena & Malia Tsuye.

She is also survived by older sister Kiyoko Kay (Ben, deceased) Hashimoto; several nieces & nephews, grandnieces & grandnephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sun., July 21, 2019, 12 to 4 p.m., at the Buddhist Church of Sacramento, 2401 Riverside Blvd.

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