Kay Nayematsu

Thursday, February 21, 2019
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Kay Nayematsu (Kazuko), age 100, of Redmond, Washington passed away peacefully on Jan. 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, Washington, where they raised strawberries. Kazuko was the second oldest of four daughters and graduated from Bainbridge Island High School in 1937. During World War II, Kay, her mother and sisters were interned in Manzanar (CA) and Minidoka (ID) camps.

On Feb. 28, 1946, Kay married Yasuo Nayematsu and settled in the north valley of Hardin, where they farmed and raised cattle. They had four children: Carolyn, Wayne, Susan, and Vernon. Kay lived in Hardin for more than 50 years. In addition to raising her children and following their many school activities, Kay always 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 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 knitted dishcloths and devotion to family. She loved being around her grand and great- grandchildren and was very pleased when her greatgrandchild Gray was born on her 98th birthday.

She was preceded in death by husband Yasuo, son Vernon, and sisters Elsie and Michi. She is survived by sister Iku and children Carolyn (Vincent), son Wayne (Cynthia) and daughter Susan; grandchildren Sara (David), Ryan (Hilary), and Jonathan; and great-grandchildren Justine, Russell and Gray.

Graveside memorial service will be held at Fairview Cemetery in Hardin at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 26, 2019.