Feb 4, 1925 – Jan 15, 2017
Naoko Gower, age 91, died on Sunday, January 15, 2017, at Swedish Hospital in Seattle. Born on February 4, 1925, near Tokyo, Japan, Naoko had resided in the greater Seattle area since 1963.
Naoko’s Japanese heritage was a very important part of her life, and she stayed connected to this heritage through her involvement as Past President of both the Ikebana International Seattle Chapter 19 and Omotesenke-Ryu Tea Association. In addition to serving in a leadership capacity with both of these organizations, she also taught classes on the art of Ikebana flower arrangements and tea ceremonies.
Naoko is survived by her beloved husband of 62 years, William R. Gower, of Normandy Park, WA, her daughter, Elizabeth A. Gower, of San Jose, CA, and son Christopher R. (Sheri) Gower, of Salem, OR.
There will be a service to commemorate her life on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at 11:00 AM in the small chapel at Glendale Lutheran Church, 13455 2nd Avenue S.W., Burien, WA 98146. A reception will immediately follow in the church’s social hall, followed by a committal ceremony at Washington Memorial Park, 16445 International Boulevard, SeaTac, WA 98188.
Memorials may be made to the Glendale Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.
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