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UYEDA, Mabel Chiyo (Shirai)

October 29, 1919 — November 23, 2013

Passed away on November 23, 2013 at the age of 94. She is survived by her sister Nobuko (Nobby) Ikesaka of Kelowna; sisters-in-law Toshiko Shirai of Kelowna and Kay Uyeda of Vancouver; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Mabel was predeceased by her parents Katsunosuke and Kuni Shirai; brothers Jimmy and Isamu Shirai; sisters Eiko Nozak, Alice Hamanishi, Tomiyo Shirai and Mitsue Shirai; brothers-in-law Tomiyo Nozaki, Frank Hamanishi, and Noboru Ikesaka; and husband Bill Toshio-Uyeda in 2002, after 55 years of marriage. Special thanks to Mabel’s friends and neighbours for their kindness and support; to the staff of KGH on 4A and the Emergency Room staff; as well as the staff at the Kelowna Hospice House. No Funeral Service by request. We gratefully decline Koden and flowers, please. As an expression of sympathy in memory of Mabel, those who wish to do so may send donations to a charity of their choice. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”



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  • Kaye & Len Jupp says:

    We fondly remember both Mabel & Bill as
    fellow members of Kelowna Garden Club for their long dedication to all our activities.
    Kaye & Len

  • Val & Fred Palmer says:

    Mabel was one of our favorite neighbours and a very special friend. She was one of the sweetest ladies that we have had the honour and privilege to have known for many years. Our sincere condolences to the entire family.

    Fred, Val & Lynden Palmer

  • Anne Motozono says:

    Our deep sympathy to all of you …
    I personally remember how she came and brought okayu to my husband as he recovered from stomach cancer surgery … what a thoughtful kind gesture of caring she showed to us …
    my mother, Masako Sakamoto sends her condolences to all …

  • Norman and Marion Takeuchi says:

    We fondly remember our visit to Aunt Mabel’s lovely home and garden some years ago.
    Our sincere condolences to the family.
    Norman and Marion Takeuchi

  • Rosemary Botner says:

    On behalf of all the Kelowna Garden club members, I would like to express our sympathies on your loss to all Mabel’s family. She will be sorely missed by us all and will remain in our hearts and memories.

  • clayton uyeda says:

    Our condolences and prayers go out to Aunt Mabel’s family. We are better for having known and met her.

    Clayton Uyeda and family

  • Don and Donna Burnett says:

    Mabel and Bill were wonderful friends of our family and I have many fond childhood memories of them. Mabel was such a great help to my mother when my sister was suffering from terminal Leukemia in 1949, something my mom never forgot. I was so sorry to hear of Mabels passing and send heartfelt condolences to her family from ours.
    The attached picture is of Mabel holding me with my sister Joan on the left and Lucy Shirai on the right. Our old Hudson Terraplane in the background.

  • Michelle & Nadir Ould-Khessal says:

    Mabel was the sweetest most gracious lady any neighbours could wish for. Now as we look up across our terraces & gardens to Mabel’s empty chair, we fondly remember our last conversation together at the end of summer, sharing garden tales, and chiding her beloved cat Tammy. We’ll miss the chats, the smiles & waves, but hope like us the family will have many happy Mabel memories

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