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Keiko Kay Hananouchi

Obituary for Keiko Kay Hananouchi

October 29, 1928 - July 6, 2021
San Mateo, California | Age 92


Keiko Kay Hananouchi, age 92, passed away unexpectedly on July 6, 2021 surrounded by her husband and family.

A devoted wife, attentive mother, generous grandmother, and adoring great-grandmother, Kay's top priority was always her family. She leaves behind a loving husband of 65 years, Mike, her children: Michael, his wife Ellie, Glenn, his wife Sarah, Joy, her husband Darrell, Gay, her husband Marty; and her younger brother, Kouyo.

She loved to dote upon her ten grandchildren: Robbie, Jennifer, Justin, Danielle, Steven, Julianne, Brandon, Lauren, Kyle, and Brielle; and five great grandchildren: Kamila, Lily, Alina, Kinslee, and Micah.

Kay was born in Oakland, California on October 29, 1928 to Kusuo and Masami Kai. Her family moved to San Mateo in 1935 where they lived until they were forcibly evacuated to the Japanese-American internment camps in May 1942. After they were released in January 1946, Kay and her family returned to San Mateo where she graduated high school in 1948. Kay attended Park College in Missouri from 1949-1950 but returned to help her parents purchase a house in San Mateo, where she worked at Pacific Bell to contribute to the payments.

In 1954, Kay met Mike Hananouchi at the Northern California Young People's Conference in Lake Tahoe. They married on October 30, 1955. After briefly living in San Francisco, Kay and Mike settled in San Mateo in 1956 where they raised their four children.

Kay enjoyed vacationing with her family with frequent trips to Tahoe, Hawaii, Florida, and beyond. Regardless of the location, Kay treasured any opportunity to spend time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Whether it was birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, sporting events, performances, vacations, or holidays, she loved any reason to be with family. She would even generously reserve several rooms for a long weekend so she could get the whole family together.

Her family loved her dearly and are truly grateful for the many years they shared together, which makes this sudden loss even more difficult. The cherished memories will live on through her family, who will always have her in their hearts.


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