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Death: Tamae Sauki

Tamae Sauki, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-great-grandmother passed away February 22, 1998, at the beautiful age of 98.

She was born November 30, 1899 in Sapporo, Japan. In 1917 she married Yasusuke Kogita. They came to America and settled in Seattle, WA, where they had five children. In Feb. 1942 she was evacuated, with her children, to a WWII Japanese internment camp in Hunt, Idaho. When the war ended they moved to Salt Lake City where she married Izyo Sauki on May 3, 1945. She worked as a seamstress, for Wolfe's Dept. Store in Salt Lake City, until she retired at age 85. She was a member of the Salt Lake Buddhist Temple. Tamae was a very talented woman. She was the teacher of the Senke School of Japanese Flower Arranging for more than 50 years. For 40 years she graciously provided a special floral display, with her students, for the annual Spring Garden Festival in Salt Lake City. She also taught Japanese Tea Ceremony and received the first Utah Governor's Cultural Heritage Award. She is honored in the New Utah's Heritage Jr. High history book. She was recognized by the JACL for her preservation of Japanese heritage.She is survived by her daughters, Marge (Ted) Nishikawa Kruse, Betty (George) Gikiu, Dorothy (George) Beagley, all of Salt Lake City; Sally (Mas) Watanabe, of Long Island, NY; stepsons, Paul (Taka) Kogita and Ted Kogita, of Seattle, WA; 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, Izyo Sauki and son, Yasuo Kogita.

We will always honor the memory of her unselfish and gracious life that she shared with us.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 2, 1998, 12 noon at the Buddhist Temple, 200 So. 100 W. Friends and family may call Sunday evening, March 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Lawn, 2350 E. 1300 So, and Monday one hour prior to the services at the Buddhist Temple. Internment will be held on Tuesday, March 3, 11 a.m. at Larkin Sunset Lawn Cemetery.

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