Kay (Kazuko) Nayematsu, age 100, of Redmond, Washington passed away peacefully on January 13, 2019.
Kay was born in Seattle, Washington on June 30, 1918. Her parents, Yoshiaki Amatatsu and Taka Aoki, were immigrants from Kagoshima, Japan. They settled on Bainbridge Island, Washington where they raised strawberries. Kazuko was the second oldest of four daughters and graduated from Bainbridge Island High School in 1937. During WWII Kay, her mother and sisters were interned in Manzanar (California) and Minidoka (Idaho) camps; her father was sent to different federal camps.
On February 28, 1946 Kay married Yasuo Nayematsu and settled in the north valley of Hardin, Montana where they farmed and raised cattle. Kay lived in Hardin for over fifty years. They had four children, Carolyn, Wayne, Susan, and Vernon. In addition to raising her children and following their many school activities, Kay maintained a large garden and was a member of many organizations. In Montana, she was a member of the First Baptist Church, PEO, Jasmine Chapter of the Eastern Star, Sunshine Club and Demonstration Club.
Kay relocated to Seattle, Washington and was a member of the Japanese Baptist Church. For the past seven years she resided in Peters Creek Home in Redmond, Washington. In June she celebrated 100 years with a proclamation from the Mayor of Redmond. Kay was noted for her devotion to family and her handmade dishcloths. She loved being around her grand and great grandchildren. She was very pleased when her great grandchild Gray was born on her 98th birthday.
She is preceded in death by her husband Yasuo, her son Vernon, and her sisters Elsie and Michi.
She is survived by her sister Iku; her children Carolyn (Vincent), her son Wayne (Cynthia); her daughter Susan; her grandchildren Sara (David), Ryan (Hilary), and Jonathan and her great grandchildren Justine, Russell and Gray.
Graveside Memorial Service will be held at Fairview Cemetery in Hardin, Montana on Friday, July 26, 2019.
Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements.