We Remember


November 18, 1936 — March 15, 2024

A Celebration of Life for Leiko Koide will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2024, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, at the Kelowna Buddhist Temple, 1089 Borden Avenue, Kelowna, BC.

Leiko Koide, a long time resident of Kelowna, BC, passed away peacefully in her sleep on March 15, 2024, at the age of 87. She leaves behind a legacy of kindness and love through all those who knew her.

She was born in Vancouver, BC, as the fourth of eight children of Tetsuo and Sakae Sakaki. She was interned in Lillooet during World War II, after which she moved to Revelstoke and then settled down in Kamloops, BC. It is there where she met George, who would drive from Kelowna every week to dance with her. They married in 1960 and spent 64 wonderful years dancing through life together.

Leiko is survived by her husband George Koide; her son Chris (Lynne Holt); and her two joys in life, her granddaughters Jennifer Leiko (Devon Ulrich) and Emily Mariko (Wes Sutherland). She is also missed by her surviving brothers Terry, Norio, Ed, and Roy Sakaki and their families.

She worked for the City of Kelowna for 27 years, where she made many lifelong friends. After retiring in 1991 she loved spending her winters skiing at Big White, and her summers gardening and seeing friends and family — especially playing with her granddaughters. Her kitchen was a constant gathering place, and she made sure everyone ate tasty baking and amazing Japanese food. She always downplayed her abilities, but she honed her skiing style after 50 years on the slopes, she could grow anything in the garden, and everyone came back for a second helping of her cooking.

While usually quiet and polite, she could also be full of funny surprises! She would do anything to help friends and family. Many people referred to her as their best friend, the best sister, or their favourite aunt. Her kindness and humour will live on in everyone she touched.

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Saturday, June 22, 2024, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Kelowna Buddhist Temple, 1089 Borden Avenue, Kelowna, BC

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