Mary Nakamura, 96

Mary Akiko Nakamura of Kula, Maui passed away peacefully on April 17, 2019 at Islands Hospice Home in Kahului. She was born in Florin, CA and lived in Seattle, WA and Oxnard, CA prior to being interred with her family in the Gila River Concentration Camp in Arizona during World War II. Despite this adversity,

Mary went on to graduate from Mills College in Oakland, CA. She became a teacher, and taught for many years at Makawao Elementary School prior to her retirement in 1984. She was a world traveler, having traveled to many parts of the world including Europe, Africa, Russia, Japan, and Southeast Asia. She enjoyed playing golf and was a long-time member of the Maui Country Club.

She also loved gardening, bonsai, reading, and learning the art of the Japanese tea ceremony.

She was predeceased by her husband, Michael (Mike) Nakamura, who passed away in 1988. She is survived by her children, Marissa (Jim) Singleton of Bellevue, WA, Michael (Gayle) Nakamura of Kaneohe, HI, and Mason Nakamura (Alex Hart) of Santa Ana, CA, granddaughter Kathleen Singleton, grandson Brandon Nakamura, and sister Yuri (Ernie) Oyama.

The family wishes to express its sincere thanks to the staff of Islands Hospice Home, who provided loving care and support to her during the many months of her illness.

Mary will be buried in the Maui Veteran’s Cemetery alongside her husband. At her request, no memorial service will be held.

Online condolences: www.ballardfamilymortuaries.com