June 13, 1924 – June 16, 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.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 30, 2020
I met Kay when I worked at The Hudson’s Bay, she always had a smile, kind words, a pleasure to know and call a Friend, condolences to the family for their loss of mother & father, a true loving team.
June 26, 2020
My condolences to the family I remember working with Kay at the Bay she was a wonderful lady. She was a happy lady always willing to help in any way, she will be missed.
June 25, 2020
Dear Dennis, Diane, and Brayden;
So sorry to hear about your mom, she was a wonderful woman.
I have sent you a card in the mail to your mom and dad's house.
Floyd, Sheila, and Misae Yamamoto
June 25, 2020
Eddie and Kay Hori were a part of my childhood growing up at the Kamloops Buddhist Church. My family's deepest condolences to Dennis and family. You are in our thoughts.
Namu Amida butsu
The Tahara family
June 22, 2020
Dennis, Diane and Brayden,
I was so heartbroken to read that Kay has passed away shortly after Eddie. I worked with Kay for many years at the Bay and we shared a lot of laughs over that time. We were also in touch through her chow mein fundraising sales so I was guaranteed to have at least two phone calls a year and then the in-person chats and hugs when I stopped in at the church. I will miss her dearly. She was a wonderful lady in every way. Deepest sympathy - Pam
June 21, 2020
Our hearts goes out to Denis and family at this very difficult time. Their two hearts were truly joined as one.
Heather & Jeff Shidei