August 21, 1927 ~ December 20, 2009
Amy Hashiguchi-Kaneyuki, a resident of Gardena, California left this earth for a better place on Sunday, December 20th, 2009 at Torrance Memorial Medical Center after her courageous battle with an on-going illness.
Amy was born on August 21, 1927 in Sunnyside, California, in the county of San Diego. She attended John Adams Grammar School, Woodrow Wilson Jr. High in San Diego and then Parker Valley High, Poston Relocation Center in Poston, Arizona. Amy was in the internment camps during the war, and survived to tell many stories of her struggles, triumphs and fond memories. She told us of how her and her girlfriends used to venture into the vast areas of the camp trying to get lost, then finding their way back to the wooden barracks at night. Her family never had much but she said that it did not matter because they always had each other.
In 1951, she married Paul Kawaoka. She then had 3 children with him, Chris, Alan and Beth. Unfortunately things did not work out and they were divorced in 1961.
From 1959 – 1974 she owned and ran "Shogetsu-do" a Japanese confectionery Store in Los Angeles, CA. She worked very hard for her family and ran the store herself making snow cones and selling mochi. Then from 1974 – 1994 she worked at Fedco, Inc. where she worked her way up to the top from a clothes folder to an administrative assistant and eventually retired from there.
In July 1997, Amy married Po Kaneyuki, whom she dated in High school and they were reunited again at a Poston Camp Reunion in 1995. She lived in La Mesa, California with Po until her divorce in June 2008.
In her retirement years, Amy enjoyed playing slot machines and bingo at the local Indian casinos in San Diego. She really loved the buffets and hanging out with her "Bingo Buddies". She also loved arts and crafts and everyone always looked forward to her handmade cards that she put so much time and effort into.
She was such a beautiful, kind, generous, loving, unselfish, caring human being with the smile of an Angel. She loved life and never complained about her harsh childhood, years in the internment camp and all the struggles she endured through life. She was the most strongest and determined woman in the world, and was up until the very end.
Even as her illness began to affect her health and her body slowly started to shut down over the last 10 years, she always had a smile on her face and tried to look at the brighter side of life. Amy was cared for by her family after she left San Diego and moved to Gardena, which was closer to her children and grandchildren. We knew that she was in so much pain this past year with her many surgeries and double amputation. She suffered greatly but to know that she is no longer in pain is such a relief to us all. We know that she is in Heaven, healthy and whole again, and reunited with her son Chris who passed in 1976. When asked if she wanted to see him again in heaven, she replied that it would be such a blessing if she could.
In her last moments of life Amy left this earth surrounded by her family, not alone or in pain. She left quietly and peacefully, just the way we had prayed for. She is a role model to many and will forever be missed and in our hearts. Her life touched so many and we are blessed to have had the opportunity to share in memories of her beautiful soul.
Amy is survived by her son, Alan Kawaoka and daughter, Beth Edwards. Brothers, Henry, James, John, Bill Hashiguchi and Sister Betty Inahara. She is preceded in death by her father Frank Kasuke Hashiguchi, Mother Fuji Kusakizako and brothers Leo, Roy and Fred Hashiguchi. Also by her son, Christopher Yoji Kawaoka.
A gathering of family and friends will be held on Sunday, January 10, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Rice Mortuary in Torrance, California. Memorial services will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a reception to follow at the mortuary.
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