Mary Wakamatsu Ishimaru passed away May 9, 2021 at her home in Hood River, Oregon. She was born on November 29, 1922 and was 98 years of age at the time of her passing.
Mary was born in Sumner, Washington to Eitaro and Hisako (Tsuji) Wakamatsu. Her father, Eitara was born in 1889 in Japan and came to the US in 1907 and her mother, Hisako was born in 1892 in Japan and came to the US in 1914 and as of 1930, she did not speak English. Mary was one of seven children; five brothers, James (1916), Yonakuni (1918), Eioki (1920), Tom, and Fred (1929) and one sister, Hannah (1921). She and all of her siblings except Fred and Tom, were born in Washington.
Her father was a fruit farmer in Oak Grove and in 1940 her father and her brother, James were partners in a fruit farm on Green Point Road. After graduating from Hood River High School Mary continued her education at Mount Hood Community College and became a nurse. During World War II, Mary put in a Japanese Internment Camp at Tule Lake, California.
She married Charles Ishimaru who preceded her in death in 1999. Mary worked as a nurse at for Dr. Stager, Dr. Carter and Dr. Hamada. She enjoyed crocheting, cooking and being with her family.
In addition to her parents, husband and all her siblings she was preceded in death by her daughter, Leslie Maley in 2007 and two infant sons, Byron in 1944 and Michael in 1947. Mary is survived by her granddaughter, Kristi Maley; and nephew, Rick Kinoshita and his family; Heather, Abby, Peter, Christine and Michelle.
A graveside service for Mary is planned for 10:00 A.M., Friday, June 25, 2020 at Idlewilde Cemetery (980 Tucker Road, Hood River, OR, 97031) with arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031.
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