Friends remember little Mormon dynamo with a big heart

A Mormon chapel here was awash in Hawaiian leis and abuzz with anecdotes and remembrances Wednesday as friends and family members gathered to mark the passing of Chieko Okazaki.

A Japanese-American convert to the LDS Church and the first non-Caucasian woman to serve in one of the Utah-based faith’s auxiliary presidencies, Okazaki died Aug. 1 in Salt Lake City at age 84. She was a powerful speaker, teacher and writer who connected personally and spiritually to women across the spectrum of religious belief and behavior.

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