Lila Mae Furukawa, 69, of Grandview passed away Sunday, Sept. 25, 2005, at Yakima Regional Hospital.

Lila was born on May 25, 1936 in Seattle, the daughter of Thomas and Lillian (Arai) Ogawa. Due to her father’s import and export business Lila received her education in Virginia, New York and Alaska, where she graduated with the Wrangell High School Class of 1953. She attended Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minn., Whitworth College in Spokane and the University of Washington.

On May 21, 1960 she married John Furukawa in Seattle. The Furukawas returned to Sunnyside, where John practiced dentistry for 40 years and Lila was a homemaker. They later moved to Grandview and owned and operated Riverview Farms. Her husband, John, died in 1993 and Lila continued to make Grandview her home until the time of her death.

Lila was a very active member of the Sunnyside Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, serving in the vestry. Lila was also an active member of the Eastern Star in Sunnyside and Prosser, President of America Legion Auxiliary, VFW, Emblem Club, Amaranth, White Shrine of Jerusalem, Daughters of the Nile and Washington State Grape Society

She is survived by her mother, Lillian Ogawa of Grandview; and one brother, Taro Ogawa and wife, Lang, of Los Angeles, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas Ogawa; and husband, John Furukawa.

Viewing and visitation will be held Friday, Sept. 30, 2005, from noon until 7 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. A funeral service will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, 2005, at 2 p.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Sunnyside. Inurnment will be held at Lake View Cemetery in Seattle. Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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