ILWACO - Hideko Jones, 61, a resident of Ocean Park the past two years, died June 5, 2004, in Ilwaco following a short battle with cancer.
The daughter of Japanese immigrants, Ichigoro Imai and Meni Noya, she was born at the internment camp at Poston, Ariz., on Aug. 21, 1942. With the end of the war, she returned to the family farm and graduated from high school in Brawley, Calif. Following high school she moved to Chula Vista, Calif., where she lived with her sister and attended beauty college.
She met David Jones at a dance in San Diego, and they married May 15, 1966, in Las Vegas, Nev. He was career U.S. Navy and shortly after being married, they moved to Japan where he was stationed for five years. Returning to California the couple lived in San Leandro until moving to Bremerton in 1974. Mrs. Jones began working at the Navy Exchange and then progressed to the commissary. Later she was hired in the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard as a general storekeeper. She retired in 2002 as a department head when the couple moved to Ocean Park.
Mrs. Jones enjoyed arts and crafts, quilting, reading and staying physically fit with water aerobics, tai-chi and walking. She was a wonderful cook, loved her family and grandchildren and enjoyed life to the fullest. Recently she had become active at the Peninsula Senior Activity Center in Klipsan Beach and was a volunteer at the South Pacific County Humane Society in Long Beach. She was a former member of Central Kitsap Presbyterian Church.
Besides her husband of 38 years, she is survived by daughter Renee Loree of Sitka, Alaska; son David I. Jones of Seattle; sisters Fumiko Ohara of Chula Vista, Calif., and Hanako Imai of Oiso Machi, Japan; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and one sister.
Celebration of her life will be held Saturday, June 12, at 1 p.m., at the Peninsula Senior Activity Center in Klipsan Beach. Private burial will be held at Ocean Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Peninsula Senior Activity Center in care of Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, P.O. Box 417, Long Beach, WA 98631.