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Obituary: Helen Kurumada

Helen Kurumada 1917 ~ 2005 Passed away in her sleep September 6, 2005. Born May 17, 1917, Helen Gim spent her first 13 years in Mackey, Idaho, the daughter of Y. Henry and Louise Gim. She moved to Utah after the death of her father and lived and worked in Salt Lake City. She was active in the League of Women Voters, the Utah Democratic Party, and various progressive causes. She was the first Chairperson of the Asian Association of Utah. She was an active member of the First Unitarian Church and participated in activities in the Utah's Japanese and Chinese communities. Helen was a creative and skillful cook and taught her sons her craft. Many great memories are centered around an exceptional dinner table at her "Restaurant 4174." She is survived by her husband, Jun Kurumada; her sons, Kim, Kevin, Dennis, and Craig Kurumada; daughters-in-law, Sherrie, Jean, Becky, and Linnea; brothers, Wever and Ben Gim; sister, Betty Gim; numerous nephews and nieces; grandchildren, Kasey, Chris, Sam, Colten; and great-grand-child, Tanner. Services are set for Tuesday, September 13, 2005, 2 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church, 569 South 1300 East.