Hama Nakagawa Deguchi was welcomed into the presence of her Lord on October 31, 2014, at the age of 96. Her love and faith in God were most important to her, and she could often be heard saying, “I’m ready to go up”; her prayer has been answered.

Hama was the oldest of 8 children. Hama taught primary school for 22 years, most of it in the Salmon Arm, BC, area. She retired early and moved to Abbotsford in 1984 to care for her mother and continued to share her teaching gift by volunteering at John McClure Elementary School and at Seven Oaks Alliance Church in their ESL programme. Her passion was to see each of her students excel. She exercised faithfully, rarely missing an exercise class or walking opportunity at Bevan Village and MSA Manor.

Hama was predeceased by her son, Herb, and by siblings Marjorie, May, Mike, Ardith, and Harry. She is survived by daughter, Valerie (& Malcolm Brewer), sisters Kay and Audrey, three grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and many nieces and nephews. A memorial will be planned at a later date in Salmon Arm, BC.

The family is grateful to the superb staff at MSA Manor for their loving and competent care, and to Connie Smith who faithfully visited Hama.

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.

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