Daisy Uyeda Satoda

Aug. 15, 1927 – Dec. 31, 2023

SATODA, DAISY UYEDA passed away peacefully at her home in San Francisco, surrounded by family, on December 31, 2023. She was born in Watsonville, CA; the sixth of twelve children.

Daisy was fourteen when her family was unjustly incarcerated in the Topaz Concentration Camp in Utah during WWII. She and her classmates spent their entire high school years behind barbed wire and as a result, the Topaz High School Class of 1945 formed a unique bond. Daisy was instrumental in organizing class activities, including over thirty reunions since 1970.

Daisy settled in San Francisco after the war. She attended college and worked for the Red Cross and then the Japanese American Citizens League, where she met Yone Satoda. They married in 1961 and had three children. She was active in the children’s schooling, sporting and scouting functions, but always found time for crossword puzzles, soap operas and baking.

Daisy was also active in community organizations including the Japanese American National Museum, Japanese American Library and Nikkei & Retirement, where she provided public relations, fundraising and event planning. She loved writing and her work appears in five published anthologies which focus on Japanese American experiences and the WWII incarceration.

Daisy loved Hawaii; she and Yone vacationed there annually for thirty years. She also enjoyed visiting Paris and Japan. We will miss her presence, wit and style.

Daisy was predeceased by Yone in 2017. She is survived by her children Caroline (Elbert Suen), Nancy and David (Allie), grandsons Christopher, David Jr (Marie), Nicholas, Tyler and Timothy, sister Juneko (Tom) Sugihara and many nieces and nephews. A private service was held.

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