The most loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Aiko Kadoya, passed away surrounded by family on April 10, 2018. Always with a smile on her face, she was a strong matriarch and will be forever missed by her family.
Aiko was born in Tacoma, WA on February 14, 1931 to parents Tashiro and Kikuno Matsui, immigrants of Japan. After being interned at Tule Lake, CA during World War II, she returned to Spokane and graduated from Lewis and Clark High School. Aiko married Tom Kadoya on May 8, 1954 and they raised three children in Spokane Valley.
A long-time member of Highland Park United Methodist Church, Aiko enjoyed being part of Spokane’s Japanese community. She worked as a seamstress and retired after nearly 20 years at Nordstrom. Aiko loved watching the Mariners and Zags and her favorite activities included all sorts of puzzles, her exercise bike, bowling and baking delicious treats like her family-favorite banana bread and Peanut brittle. More than anything, Aiko simply loved being with her family.
Aiko was preceded in death by her husband, Tom; brothers Tak, Everett, Henry, Ben, Mas and sister Yaeko. She is survived by daughters Laura (Dave) Foedisch, Janice (Dan) Suttner and son Jerry (Traci) Kadoya all of Spokane Valley; grandchildren Shauna, Angie, Joseph, Nicole (Yusuke), Tommy (Kaydee; great-grandchildren Hannah, Desmond and Jude; brother Mike; many nephews and nieces, including Karyn Kono and her family Emiko (Josh), Nickolas, Christopher and Ariko.
A private memorial service will be held at Greenwood Memorial Terrace in May.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be made to Highland Park United Methodist Church, 611 S. Garfield St. Spokane, WA 99202 or Hospice of Spokane, 367 E. 7th. Ave. Spokane, WA 99202.
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