Yoshiko Nakata, 91, went home to be with her Savior on Sept. 19, 2017 at Madrona House.
Yo was born April 16, 1926 at Pleasant Beach on Bainbridge Island to Takeshi and Masuko Kitayama and was one of six children. The family operated a greenhouse business growing tomatoes, cucumbers, chrysanthemums, potted flowers and outdoor vegetables for family consumption or sale to a nearby grocery store in exchange for groceries.
At the outbreak of World War II, the family was sent to the internment camp at Manzanar, California. The family was later relocated to camp Minidoka near Twin Falls, Idaho.
Yo graduated from Hunt High School in 1944. At the end of the war, her family returned to the Seattle area. She married Ken in 1950. She worked for Town & Country Market for many years as a meat wrapper, retiring with Ken in 1991.
Yo and Ken were charter members of Bainbridge First Baptist Church and she was very active in helping and serving at church. She enjoyed her family get-togethers, cooking, gardening, canning, sewing, knitting, crocheting, the Seattle Mariners, and traveling in their RV.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
She is survived by her seven children – Glen (Gail), Gene, Jan (Ken), Leslie (Don), Karen, Cheryl (Aaron), Irene (Curt); grandchildren Alison, Megan, Davis, Julia, brother Ted of Los Altos, California, sister Martha of San Jose, California; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Ken and infant son, Steven.
Family and friends are invited to attend her memorial service at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4 at Bainbridge First Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to Bainbridge First Baptist Church or Bainbridge Island Fire Department.