OBITUARY

Tomie Nagahata Daniel

July 23, 1934January 28, 2021
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Martinez - Tomie Nagahata Daniel was born on July 23, 1934 in Oita, Japan and entered into rest on January 28, 2021. The world brightened on July 23, 1934, when Tomie’s birth graced this world. Ever-loving and always putting others first, was how she lived. She met and married the love of her life in October, 1961. Tomie arrived in the United States in January, 1963. Her strength and ever-loving devotion was unmatched. While caring for her young family, she studied hard, learned a new language, and earned her Naturalization as a US Citizen in February, 1974. She prided herself everyday on that life-altering accomplishment. Tomie worked hard her entire life as a waitress, then seamstress, until her husband passed. In her retirement, she devoted her time and volunteered with local hospitals and other opportunities that arose. This was just an example of how she always put others first. She also prepared countless meals for the Japanese golfing contingent and Tokyo Broadcasting System for several Master's golf tournaments, which she continued until her health became more fragile. Dedicated to her beliefs, Tomie remained active in her religious activities her entire life. Her faith never waived, and carried her through the hardships that she faced throughout her 86 years. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo Words do not exist to describe her inner and outer beauty. Despite her small frame, she was a giant wherever she was. She touched the lives and souls of everyone she met. She was one of those people that no matter where she went, people knew and loved her, whether it was working, volunteering, mall-walking, line dancing, or playing bingo. Immediately recognizable, she was often greeted as soon as she arrived, no matter where she was. On January 28, 2021, this world lost one of its brightest lights as she joined her beloved husband, where she now shines brightly. Tomie Nagahata Daniel; beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, and friend, you are greatly loved and dearly missed. At her request, no services will be held out of respect for everyone's safety.

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Pat Knight

February 6, 2021

Dear Billy, John and Families,
Chan joins me in sympathy for the loss of your precious Mom. She was an amazing lady. Chris loved her to pieces too and always enjoyed being at her house growing up. We always loved to get a plate full of her delicious egg rolls- nobody has ever come close to making them as good as hers.

Please know that you will remain in our thoughts and prayers. I hope she has met up with your Dad, loved ones who have gone on before her and that Chris was there to welcome her as well.

We love you. Thank you for loving Chris and for being his BEST friend ever.

Pat Knight/Chan Holt

Karen Your riend

February 4, 2021

Ms Tomie....
My memories of you...where to start? I have sooo many, though they are at events and things we managed to be at the same time. That's how we became friends....you were always helping, smiling, reassuring all of us when we needed it...Oh and you always thought we needed to be fed...hahaha...
I always was grateful and thankful that on some days you would be at bingo. I never won, but it was okay, because you would smile, listen to me, laugh with me, joke a little, and try to feed me by sharing some of whatever you would have...hahaha...you didn't know this, but you always made my day end so much better then...sometimes I would say a prayer that you would be at bingo, and you would be, I walk in and you would smile brightly and say come over here, sit...that was all it took for me, I think you knew...thank you...
I miss you...when my days from now on start a little rough, I'm going to think of you and I'll know you are watching over and out for me...you are my light of the day my mentor sweet wonderful friend...

Hideko Rainey

February 4, 2021

She had a special way that warmed the hearts of everyone who knew her, and the qualities that made her such a wonderful person.

She will long be remembered by all of her friends.

With my deepest sympathies.

H. K.

Reiko Kretz

February 4, 2021

Tomie san I can see your smile when I close my eyes... I am already missing you so much... I just never thought that you'd be gone so suddenly... all I can do is to remember that you taught me ' always to have fun and appreciate LIFE" no matter what you're going through.
Thank you so much and I will keep you in my heart until I will see you again.

Asako Smith

February 3, 2021

Tomie-san and I were long time friends. She always sat next to me at Japanese Club meetings, and we enjoyed laughing together. I will miss her dearly. You and all of Tomie's family are in my prayers.

My condolences,
Asako Smith

Noriko Akamatsu

February 3, 2021

I am so sad to hear Tomie-san's passing.
Tomie-san always made sweet and cheerful remarks and jokes to friends around her and made us laugh and happy. I miss her very much. I enjoyed the trip to Japan with her in the fall of 2008.

With deepest sympathy!
Noriko Akamatsu

Ruth Smith

February 1, 2021

I love dancing with Tommie at H2U for many years She was a wonderful friend

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