Information for Tsuyako Dorothy Kawata Iwakiri

10 August, 1915 – 5 October, 1996

From The Idaho Press-Tribune

7 October, 19960
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo


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Tsuyako Iwakiri

    Tsuyako Dorothy Iwakiri, 81, of Boise, formerly of Nampa and Burley, died Saturday, Oct 6, 1996, at the Alsip Funeral Chapel, Nampa;  The Rev. David Hrachovina, pastor of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in boise, will officiate.  Burial will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell.
    Dorothy was born Aug. 10, 1915, at LaJunta, Colorado, to Taro and Yoshi Kawata.  She moved tgo Los Angeles in 1933, and met James Iwakiri in 1935.  They lived in the Los Angeles area until September 1939, then moved to Tacoma, Wash., until World War II.  They were then relocated to the internment camp at Hunt, Idaho, in 1942, until they wre released in 1945.
    They lived in the Jerome area for 20 years, where she was a farm laborer.  From 1970 to 1989 they resided in Burley, where she worked and retired from J.R. Simplot’s in 1977.  They then moved to Nampa, ID, until the passing of her husband, Jim.  She then moved in with her son, Michael and his wife, Juanita and their two sons, until her passing.  Dorothy worked very hard all of her life and was a devoted wife and mother.
    Dorothy began bowling in 1993, and stayed active until the end of the bowling season in 1995.  She also enjoyed crocheting, making craft items, camping, traveling, visiting her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and watching Michael bowl and play baseball.
    She is survived by her five sons, Paul Iwakiri and Richard Iwakiri of Idaho Falls, Stan Iwakiri and wife, Ginger, and Mike Iwakiri and wife, Juanita of Boise and Larry Iwakiri of Burley; six daughters, Yvonne (Mrs. Terry) Brinkerhoff of Burley, Lynda Pickett of Nampa, Betty (Mrs. Van) Atkins of Las Vegas, Nev., Carol (Mrs. John) Johnston of Pocatello and Kathie (Mrs. Imram) Agha of Lahore, Pakistan; a cousin, Shizu Yamamoto of Kuna; a sister, Mary (Mrs. Jim) Tanabe of Denver, Colo.; a brother, Sam Kawata of Culver City, Calif.; 2 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two daughters, a son and two brothers.
    Friends may call at the Alsip Funeral Chapel today from 6 to 9 p.m., and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.


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