Kay Nayematsu

Nayematsu, KAY (Kazuko)

Age 100 of Redmond, WA passed away peacefully on January 13, 2019.  

Kay (Kazuko) Nayematsu 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, WA 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 (CA) and Minidoka (ID) 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.  They had four children, Carolyn, Wayne, Susan, and Vernon.  Kay lived in Hardin Montana for over fifty years.  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 WA and was a member of the Japanese Baptist Church. For the past seven years she resided in Peters Creek Home in Redmond, WA.  In June she celebrated 100 years with a proclamation from the Mayor of Redmond. Kay was noted for her handmade dishcloths and devotion to family.  She loved being around her grand and great grandchildren and was very pleased when her great grandchild Gray was born on her 98thbirthday.

Preceded in death by husband Yasuo, son Vernon , and  sisters Elsie and Michi.  Survived by sister Iku and children Carolyn (Vincent), son Wayne (Cynthia) and daughter Susan; grandchildren Sara (David), Ryan (Hilary), and Jonathan and greatgrandchildren Justine, Russell and Gray.

A Graveside memorial service will be held at Fairview Cemetery in Hardin, Montana on Friday July 26, 2019 at 11:00 AM. Reception will follow at the Bullis Family Center .

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