Mollie Oto, the co-founder of Oto’s Marketplace in Sacramento, Calif. who was behind the Japanese grocery market’s bento boxes, died on Jan. 2, 2022, her obituary in the Sacramento Bee stated. She was 87.

According to her obituary, she served as the first female board member of the Buddhist Church of Sacramento Betsuin in 1978, a Sunday school teacher for more than 20 years, the church bazaar pastry chair and served on the Betsuin’s Buddhist Woman’s Association Board of Trustees from 1993 until her passing.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ted, and is survived by children Russell (Janet), Michael (Karen), Cheryl (Ian) and Florence (Stan), as well as six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The family held a private memorial service.

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