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HIGA, Yoshiko

June 10, 1919 – November 30, 2012

Yoshiko Higa passed away peacefully at Cedars Villa Extendicare on November 30th, 2012 at the age of 93. It is a comfort to know that Mom will be with her husband, George Y. Higa, who passed on January 2, 1999 and son, Yoshiro Barney, deceased on December 12, 1948.
Yoshiko Kohashigawa was born in Victoria, BC and spent her childhood with her Grandmother Nagata in Okinawa, Japan. At the age of nine, Yoshiko returned to Canada to be with her family.
George and Yoshiko married in 1938 and had six children. She was a devoted wife and mother, and was selfless in her energy and resources to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a role model to all her family and will be dearly missed.
On their retirement in Lethbridge, they enjoyed golfing and bowling together. Yoshiko was a gifted cook and baker, enjoyed crocheting and embroidery work. She was an avid curling fan for George, the children and grandchildren. After moving to Calgary, Yoshiko enjoyed the friendship and activities at Kotobuki Seniors’ Club.
She will be lovingly remembered by her children: Lorraine McNeill (Bill), Ron, Glenn (Diane), Marjorie Fujino, and Tom (Janice), grandchildren: Dianne, Darryl (Pepsi), Richard (Jenny), Rhonda (Ian), Jennifer (Jeff), Allison, Allysia, Justin (Jennine) and Angela (Mark), and great grandchildren: Sam, Lauren, Natasha, Megan and Avery. She will be deeply missed by her Kogawa siblings: David, Lily Ohara (Mori), Gordon (Lillian), Eddy, George (Jean), her wonderful Higa and Kogawa extended family and friends.
A Celebration of Yoshiko’s Life will be held at McInnis & Holloway – Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North, Calgary) on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. For those who wish, a viewing will begin at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be held on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm at Mountain View Cemetery, Lethbridge AB. Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers and koden, memorial tributes may be made to the charity of your choice. Thank you to the staff of Cedars Villa for the care you provided to our Mom.

In living memory of Yoshiko Higa, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. June (Mikado) Watson :

    My sincere sympathies on the passing of your mother. Marg, I remember the many visits to your home and how your mother always made a person feel so welcome. She was a wonderful lady and know she will be missed by all.

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  2. Ray & Edwayna Kadonaga and family :

    Lorraine and family,
    We are deeply sorry to hear of the passing of your mother and send our heartfelt sympathies to you and all your family. She was a very special lady and leaves many fond memories.
    Ray, Edwayna and family

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  3. Mas & Ev Nishima :

    Yoshiko’s children & families, the Higa & Kogawa families,
    We are so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. She was a wonderful lady – so cheerful and happy whenever we met her. May your many memories comfort you and the love of family and friends support you during this time.
    Mas & Ev Nishima

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  4. Setsuko, Brian, Doug, and Ron Nishiguchi and Families :

    Margie and Family
    So sorry to hear of your Mother’s/Grandmother’s passing. Our deepest condolences to you all. May your many fond memories and the love and support of your family and friends help you through this most difficult time.

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    We are sorry to hear about the passing of your mother.

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