Kayoko Ito passed away February 21, 2012, surrounded by family. She was 89 years old. Born March 6, 1922, in Los Angeles, Kay was the eldest of the three daughters of Riyo and Miyo Nomura. While interned at Manzanar Relocation Camp during World War II, Riyo introduced Kay to one of his coworkers, Thomas Ito. After the war, Tom and Kay became reacquainted, and on February 16, 1947, they were married. Kay helped Tom run a successful landscape architecture business in Los Angeles for 44 years. She was devoted to family, raising two children and traveling to be available during and after the birth of each of her four grandchildren. Kay and Tom were also active in the community, serving in the Rotary Club for 30 years. After retiring, they moved to Woodinville to be near their daughter’s family.
Nearly everyone who knew Kay received a product of her handiwork. She was an accomplished crafter and would try her hand at any craft, from quilting to crocheting afghans, knitting sweaters and sewing clothes for both people and dolls. She was also a talented artist and won several awards for her paintings, which have been displayed at Woodinville City Hall, Madison House, Evergreen Hospital. She took art classes at the Northshore Senior Center for many years through the Seniors Making Art program.
Kay is survived by her husband of 65 years, Tom; sister, Kiyoko Nomura; daughter, Kathy (and John) Bergstrom; grandsons, Brian (and Julie), Mike and Steve Bergstrom; and granddaughter, Amy Bergstrom. She is preceded in death by son Tom Ito Jr. and sister Fujiko Oda.
Kay was remembered at a private family funeral. Remembrances can be made to Seniors Making Art, 16040 Christensen Road, Suite 316, Seattle, WA 98188.