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Schoening Funeral Service

513 Seymour Street, Kamloops, BC

OBITUARY

Kimie HORI

13 June, 192416 June, 2020

It is with great sadness that the family of Kimie (Kay) Hori announce her passing on June 14, 2020. Kay passed away only two weeks after the passing of Eddie, her beloved husband of 63 years.

She will be deeply missed by her son, Dennis, his wife, Diane, and her grandson, Brayden. Also surviving Kay is her sister, Shizue (Suzie) Hamaguchi, of Vancouver, and many members of her extended family.

Kay was pre-deceased by her brothers, Yataro (Bud) Iwasaki and Minoru Iwasaki, and her sisters, Mayko (May) Keim and Mitsu (Martha) Minamimaye.

Kay turned 96 the day before her passing. She celebrated her birthday with Dennis, Diane and Brayden over a birthday dinner complete with birthday cake.

Kay was born on June 13, 1924, in Richmond, British Columbia. She and her family lived in the fishing village of Steveston until the government relocated them, along with other families of Japanese heritage, to the interior of the Province.

When she eventually arrived in Kamloops, Kay worked for the Hudson’s Bay Company in the ladies wear department. She was also the Bay’s seamstress who did alterations for many of the purchases made in the store. When Kay and Eddie purchased a corner grocery store in Sahali, Kay left the Bay to work and build the corner store business with Eddie. They both worked 13 hours per day, 7 days per week for 13 years until the corner store was sold. During this time, both Kay and Eddie met many wonderful people who to this day remember how kind and generous they were.

Kay was an active member of the Kamloops Buddhist Temple and the Kamloops Japanese Canadian community. Members of both organizations looked to Kay for her wisdom and guidance on a regular basis.

Kay knew and remembered most of the long time Kamloops residents and most of them remember her. She has many close friends both in Kamloops and elsewhere. We will all miss her smiling face, her thoughtfulness and her willingness to help.

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, a funeral for Kay is not possible. The family hopes to hold a memorial service for Kay once it is safe to do so. In lieu of koden or flowers, please consider a donation to the Kamloops Buddhist Temple, the Kamloops Japanese Cultural Centre or to another charity of your choice in memory of Kay.

Services

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Jane Yabuki

July 13, 2020

Dennis, Diane and Brayden
So sorry to hear of your mom's passing and so soon after your dad's passing. We have fond memories of the two of them at the Buddhist Temple. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Sincerely,
Jane, Kent and Abby Farnsworth/Yabuki

Claudio Klarich

July 13, 2020

Condolences and thoughts to the HORI family.

Sincerely, Claudio Klarich

Catherine Garay

July 9, 2020

My sincere condolences on the passing of your mother so soon after your father. Know matter how old we are, or they are, it is difficult to see them go. Diane, Brayden and you are in my thoughts and prayers. May you all cherish the wonderful memories of the time you had together to help carry you through this difficult time.

Allison Semenoff

July 6, 2020

Dennis, Diane and Brayden - So sorry to now hear of your Mom's passing. She was such a sweet lady. Thinking of you.
Ali and Gary Semenoff

Rose Blades

July 4, 2020

Dennis and family..... I have known and loved your mom since meeting her in the late 1940's when we worked together at the Hudson's Bay in Kamloops. Kay and I became very dear friends. I picked her up to and from work every day and we had so much fun together even being mischievous at times. She always made my clothes as I was so skinny and hard to fit. Kay was always very particular about you Dennis. One time I brought my daughter Kelly over to visit at your parents' home. You were about 6 months old. You were in your high chair eating an orange. Your mom was very concerned about the juice running down your chin. She tried to keep you clean, but it's hard for a 6 month old to be clean. Over the years, we attended many parties that originated from the Bay staff. I loved her dearly. I will miss her forever. Your mom and dad are together again. Love from Rose Blades.

Susan Karstein

July 3, 2020

Dennis, Diane and Brayden,
Heartfelt condolences on the loss of both your parents so close together. I first met Kay when I worked at The Bay. She was very kind to an inexperienced 18 year old and taught me quite a bit. She always had a good word and was so proud of her son and then her grandson. Our thoughts are with you.

Lana Tomiye

July 3, 2020

Hi Dennis and family,

My heartfelt condolences to you and your family on the passing of your mother and father. The few times I attended the church, I always felt welcomed because of your mom and dad's kindness and warmth. They were supportive when my own parents passed away. I will always remember that. Take care.

Lana Tomiye

Ken Almond

July 2, 2020

Dennis and family, there are no words that would be adequate in expressing condolences upon the loss of Kay so soon after Eddie's passing. She has chosen to be with her beloved husband of 63 years, perhaps not surprising at all.
She was a very sweet, kind and lovely person. I was blessed to have known her. My thoughts are with you.

Ken Almond
Penticton

Marlene & Tony Freeman

July 1, 2020

We are so sad to read of Kay's passing.....she will be missed by so many of us who have known her a long, long time. When I (Marlene nee Weys) was growing up we lived on the east end of Elm Street and the Iwasaki family lived on the west end of Elm St. and the finest family as ever was known. Bud & Sets were our long time friends as well. Kay was always smiling and I enjoyed our conversations whenever we would see one another. She leaves behind many lovely memories. Our sincere condolences to you Dennis and your family.

Judy and Walter Trkla

July 1, 2020

Denis and family :
A message of shared sorrow for the passing of your mother. She was a skilled seamstress who had an eye for detail. I had an idea for my Norkam grade 12 graduation dress which I shared with her and without measuring she just said leave it with me (no pattern) and come back in a few days to see how it fits. A few days later I went to see her, tried the dress on, and it fit perfectly. She was a very kind and caring person who remembered me every time we met in passing. Our sincere condolences for the loss of both of your parents.

FROM THE FAMILY