Marine, Kay K., age 64, a 9-year resident of Redondo Beach, passed away on September 18, 2008, in Torrance, California, after valiantly waging a two-year battle with lung cancer. Kay was born in California at the Tule Lake internment camp in 1944 and grew up in East Los Angeles, where she attended Roosevelt High School. She worked for the Automobile Club of Southern California for more than 30 years, holding a variety of positions, including a long tenure as a compensation analyst, before retiring six years ago. Kay enjoyed watching classic movies and was an avid fan of word search puzzles. She also liked to travel. But her big love in life was her family. She enjoyed spending time with her children and spoiling her grandchildren. She had a heart of gold and was known for her generosity. Happily, she reaped the benefits of a close-knit, loving family, as those were the seeds she sowed in life. Kay touched many lives and will be remembered and loved by all. Kay is survived by husband of 37 years, Alton J. Marine; daughters Linda Keach (Paul), Summer/Janice Nagano Gray (Bob), and Crystal Marine; son Flynn Marine (Sandy Garcia); sister Sachi Hiroshima (Phil) of Sacramento; and brother Clyde Iwata (Fern) of Torrance; grandchildren Joshua and Jordan Keach, Jeremy Gray, and Chelsea Marine. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Kay was preceded in death by her father, Jack Masaki Iwata, and mother, Peggy Setsuko Iwata, of Monterey Park. A memorial service will be held at 3 pm, on Saturday, September 27, 2008, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 401 S. Prospect Ave., Redondo Beach, CA 90278. Interment will be privately held at Pacific Crest Cemetery.

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  1. I am so sorry about Kay’s passing. What a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. What a wonderful and delightful person. You should all take pride in the courageous battle she fought. Inspirational and dignified right to the very end.

  2. Please accepty my condolences to Summer and the entire family. In this difficult time know that memomories of love and laughter will eventually take the place of grief. My prayers and thought are with you.

  3. I am so very sorry about Kay. I worked with her at Auto Club in the claims department. I retired in 1999 and moved to Texas in 2001. She was a lovely person, kind, sweet, and knew what she was doing. I read the newspaper on line so saw the obit this morning. My prayers and heart go out to Kay’s family. Dorothy

  4. Dear Summer, I’m certain your wonderful and caring mother will be missed by many. Please know that my loving thoughts are with you and your entire family at this time of deep grief.

  5. Linda, I pray that tears & time will help ease your loss & pain. You are never too old to miss your mom! Enjoy all the wonderful memories & pictures your mom has written in your heart. Your mom’s wit & smile will always be with me – thanks for sharing her. I am forever grateful to your mother for one of the BEST gifts in my life – YOU. i love you Linda friends forever Karlyn

  6. We will truly miss our Auntie Kay, but we know that her legacy lives on in the love she shared with all of her family and friends. She was an amazing, loving, and caring Auntie — never missed a birthday, graduation, or special occasion in our lives — and never thought twice about spoiling us for Christmas “no list, no gift!” or taking us to Disneyland for no particular reason. Uncle, Linda, and Jani — we LOVE you . . . you are in our daily thoughts and prayers.

  7. Loved ones shall forever be missed by the remaining family and friends. We are thankful for all the wonderful memories shared.

  8. Dear Linda and Family, I heard of your Mom’s death and I wanted to let you know that you have my greatest sympathy, and my heart is truly saddened. Your Mom will always remain within our hearts. We have included her and you in our daily prayers. May God give you strength. If there is anything that I can do to help in any way, please do not hesitate to call me at anytime. Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bless her soul and grants her iternal life. May she rest in peace. With my deepest sympathy, John Allaf Your Friend the Jeweler

  9. My condolences go out to her family,Kay and I work together way back when she also was my supervisor and a wonderful one. She along with others friends shared wonderful times together. Kay will be deeply missed from all who knew her.

  10. Dear Alton, We were truly saddened to hear of Kay’s passing and hope that happy memories and the love and comfort of family and friends will help you through this.

  11. Summer and Bob, My heartfelt prayers and deepest condolences to you both for your loss. Know that she will never really be gone from your hearts and will always be a part of your lives. Take care and may God bless and keep you both in his tender care.

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