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July 2, 2022

Mary Nobuko Okamoto

MCLEAN, Va. — Mary Nobuko Okamoto died peacefully in her sleep on Monday, June 12, 2017 in McLean, Va. She was 96.

She was born on Aug. 14, 1920 in Sacramento. She grew up in Imperial, and moved to Onomichi, Japan as a teenager. She returned to Imperial prior to World War II. Later interned in Poston, Ariz., She met and married the late Fred K. Okamoto, of Watsonville. In 1946 she moved to Watsonville, where she lived until 2006. She was active in the Watsonville Buddhist Temple, Watsonville Bonsai Club, Ikenobu Society, and the Pajaro Valley Historical Association. In 2006 Mary moved to Alexandria, Va to be near her only child.

She was known for her kind and caring heart. She always considered the needs of others first and foremost. Mary lived a long and fruitful life and will be missed greatly by her family and all who knew her.

She is survived by her daughter, Arlene Minami (Wayne); one granddaughter and four great-grandchildren; four siblings, and many nieces and nephews.


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