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Beloved Mormon women’s leader Chieko Okazaki dies

August 04, 2011
source: Salt Lake Tribune

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MR says: Our thoughts are with her loved ones.

On best-selling Mormon author Chieko Okazaki’s 84th birthday in October, her family reluctantly moved her to an assisted-living center.

When she blew out the candles on a cake the family had provided, the frail and gray-haired grandmother said her birthday wish was “to get to know each and every one of [the residents],” adding that she was “so grateful” to be there and to have “all these new friends.”

Gratitude in the face of health setbacks, loss of independence and an uncertain future is rare, but “a classic Chieko response,” recalled Carol Lee Hawkins, a longtime friend who was with her at the time. “At every turn, she was totally at peace.”

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motherof3 said...

08:51 AM
on Aug 05, 2011

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Cheiko was one of my all time favorite authors and speakers. my heart is saddened that she is not here but my heart leaps for joy knowing that she and her eternal sweetheart are reunited ! thanks to the okazaki family for sharing their amazing mother/grandmother with all of us .

meinmt said...

12:34 PM
on Aug 05, 2011

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We'll miss you, Sister Okazaki. Thank you for all your love and inspiration!

btreeves18 said...

02:11 PM
on Aug 05, 2011

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Sister Okazaki was so amazing and I am so grateful for her writings and the wonderful example she was to those around her! My thoughts are with her children as I know they will miss her dearly.

azmomof5 said...

04:37 PM
on Aug 10, 2011

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Sister Okazaki understood the pain and hurt of those of us that have been sexually abused and gave an excellent talk on Healing From Sexual Abuse. I wish more was being done for those us silently suffering. She truly cared. And she could be funny as heck too.

jennyl said...

10:15 AM
on Aug 13, 2011

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Hearing her talks was a feast in the Spirit. I felt she loved me personally, and I simply loved her. I am so happy for her now. She is with her beloved husband. Thank you Sister Okazaki for loving all of us with your whole heart.
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