MIYAKAWA, Valerie Ann
It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Valerie Miyakawa on Wednesday, December 13, 2023, at Hospice House Kelowna.
Valerie was predeceased by her parents Frank and Sarah, her brother Trevor, and her first husband Dr. Takehiko Kamaya. She is survived by her loving husband Rev. Yasuhiro Miyakawa; her brother, Derek; stepson, Muga; and several nieces and nephews, Colin, Erin, Andrew and Matthew; also canine companion, Taiga.
Valerie was born in Ballymena, Northern Ireland and immigrated to London, Ontario with her family as a teenager. She trained as a hematologist and worked at Westminster Veteran’s Hospital, where she met her first husband, Takehiko. They moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba, and it was there that Valerie resumed her education, which had been interrupted by family circumstances. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and was then awarded a scholarship to pursue graduate studies, She went on to obtain her Master’s degree and ultimately her PhD in Psychology. This led to a career at the University of Manitoba and the Child Development Clinic at Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre where she specialized in assessment and child counselling.
After the loss of her husband, Valerie met and then married Rev. Yasuhiro Miyakawa. She retired and moved to Kelowna, BC, where her lifelong passion for piano and her involvement with the Buddhist Temple and its community became the focus of her boundless energy, her love, and her quest for knowledge. She completed her ARCT in piano, achieving the highest standing in BC, and she became a valued member of the Buddhist Temple community.
Valerie has touched many lives with her love, grace, and concern for others, and she will be greatly missed by those fortunate to have known her.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Dr. Rachel Carver for her care kindness, attentiveness, and support over many years, and particularly during this difficult time.
Charitable donations in Valerie’s memory may be made to the Kelowna Buddhist Temple.
A Funeral Service for Valerie will be held on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2023, at 1:00 PM, at the KELOWNA BUDDHIST TEMPLE, 1089 Borden Avenue, Kelowna, BC.
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The service for MIYAKAWA, Valerie Ann is scheduled for THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2023, at 1:00 PM. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.