Betty Chizue Hirowatari née Morishita 1929 — 2020

On August 27, 2020, Betty Chizue Hirowatari née Morishita passed away peacefully at the age of 90 years, surrounded by her family. 

She was born on November 30, 1929 in Steveston, B.C. where she lived with her five siblings. During the war, she was interned to Taber, Alberta, where she worked with her family in the sugar beet fields. After the war, they returned to Steveston where mom worked in the cannery for ten years and became involved with the Buddhist Church as a Dharma School teacher.

Mom married dad (Charles Satoru) in 1958 and moved to Kamloops, B.C. She raised three children: Charlene/Terry (grandchildren Erik & Ellen); Lyle; Ryan/Wendy. Mom leaves a legacy of hard work from numerous jobs, as well as running their own convenience store (McMorran’s Grocery) for 17 years. Upon retiring and building their home in Westsyde she helped raise her grandchildren who lovingly referred to her as “Gummy”. Mom enjoyed many years of gardening, volunteering, sewing, baking, crocheting, and knitting. She led a humble life with respect and compassion.

When dad passed, mom led an active life until she moved into an extended care facility. Our family extends gratitude to the nurses, care aids, rehab staff, all the support staff and administration of Ridgeview Lodge. Special thanks to Dr. Andrew Wynne for the exceptional care given to mom during her time there.

Also, thank you to Reverend Yasuhiro Miyakawa (Kamloops Buddhist Church) for your many inspirational visits with our mom. She found much solace in them.

In lieu of flowers or koden, please consider donations to the Kamloops Buddhist Church. 

In Gassho

“Mom, “Gummy” you will be in our hearts forever”

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3 Tributes

  1. Anna Kato
    Posted September 3, 2020 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    Charlene, Lyle, Ryan and family,

    We were saddened to learn of your Mom’s passing and will remember her with fond memories.

    With deepest condolences,
    Barry & Anna Kato

  2. Brian Mitchell
    Posted September 7, 2020 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    Sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing Ryan. Having just gone through Wendy’s Mom moving into the next realm this must be a difficult time for you both. My prayers are with you.

  3. Mike Hamazaki
    Posted September 9, 2020 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    Lyle, Ryan, Charlene and family,

    Sorry and saddened to hear of your mom’s passing. My deepest and most sincere condolences.

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