Myea Inouye, nee Okamura died suddenly on December 23, 2005 at age 90 in Burnaby General Hospital. She is survived by her daughter; Mayko, son-in-law; Bernard, granddaughter; Jennifer, nephews; Robert, Victor and Dale Banno and their families. She was predeceased by her husband Walter and her sisters Cana Maeda and Mata Banno.
Myea was born in New Westminster to Fumiko and Paul L. Okamura, a well-known photographer and artist. During WWII she was evacuated to an internment camp in Tashme where she met and married Walter. After the war the couple moved to Hope where, until 3 years ago, Myea resided. There, she worked as a legal stenographer, then as a secretary in the #32 District School Board Office. She was an active and willing volunteer, involved in the Hope United Church, UCW and the Japanese Canadian Community. Among her many interests and hobbies, she was an avid gardener, a talented seamstress and a gourmet cook.
Myea was one of the first people to move into Riverside Manor in Hope, and then one of the original residents of Nikkei Home in Burnaby where she resided happily until her death.
She will be missed by her family, many old friends in Hope, and many new friends at Nikkei Home.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 28 at 2:00 p.m. at the Hope United Church, located at the corner of 3rd Ave. and Queen St.
In lieu of flowers or koden, donations to Nikkei Place Foundation, #100-6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby B.C. V5E 4M7, would be appreciated.