Naoko Gower

Feb 4, 1925 – Jan 15, 2017

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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.  


Peggy Booth
Bainbridge Island, Wa
Feb 4, 2017

A beautiful service. Prayers for Bill and the family.

Jeff Chase
San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico, Mx
Feb 3, 2017

Our sincere condolences to you Bill.

You and Naoko are in our Prayers...May the Lord keep

and bless you always.

Sent with Love and Respect.

Jeff, Lydia, Patrick, David and Zeiddy

Daniel Boot
North Saanich, BC
Feb 1, 2017

Dear Bill and family, Marilyn and I extend our deep sympathy to you as you grieve the loss of your wife and mother. Bill, you have spoken highly of Naoko and always shown respect. We pray that you will find strength and be at peace know she is in a better place. God bless you! Dan and Marilyn Boot

Charles Petty
Miami, Fl
Jan 31, 2017

Dear Bill - You have often spoken so highly of your wife, so I am sure your loss is overwhelming. We are all traveling on the level of life toward that great place from whose bourne no traveler returns - but we all meet again!


Robert Marmaduke
Des Moines, WA
Jan 30, 2017

As the Japanese say, "Kotoshi mo yoroshiku onegai shimasu, Bill-san." Sorry for your profound loss. m(_ _)m

Satiris "Sonny" Fassoulis
New York, NY
Jan 30, 2017

It is with great sadness to hedar my dear friend Bill will be separateds from his dear wife. While I am sure Our Father has prepared a heavenly welcome for Naoko it is still a shock.

My deepest condolences

Sierra Vista, AZ
Jan 30, 2017

Our thoughts and wishes to you, our good friend, on the loss of your sweetheart of 62 years. It was nice to speak with you a few days ago.

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