PAUL • Mary Onishi Ogawa, age 87, of Paul, died Wednesday, July 13, 2011.
Mary was born in Paul, Idaho, on Oct. 26, 1923, to Tom and Sue (Okazaki) Onishi of Hiroshima, Japan. She was the fifth child to be born out of 10. She grew up milking cows and working on her parents’ farm in Burley. She graduated from Burley High School in 1941.
Mary married Sam while he was enlisted in the Army during World War II. They married in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Dec. 12, 1946. The newlyweds corresponded while Sam was overseas in Italy and Normandy. Sam was honorably discharged in 1948, and then the two had their first son. They had five children, and raised them in Burley and then west of Paul.
Mary worked at several different restaurants including the Manhattan Cafe and the 610 before buying a farm with her husband. She was also a caregiver after Sam retired from farming.
Mary was an active member of the Paul Methodist Church. She participated in United Methodist Women and the Heyburn Lioness Club. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her siblings, Sumi Hata of Sierra Vista, Ariz., Dorothy Terao of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Lillian Onishi of Cupertino, Calif., Paul (Peggy) Onishi of Pocatello, Harry (Alice) Onishi of Tucson, Ariz., and Bobby (Carol) Onishi of Brigham City, Utah; her children, Tom Ogawa of Salt Lake City, Utah, Mark Ogawa of Rupert, Susan Kippes of Paul and Dave Ogawa of Sacramento, Calif.; her grandchildren, Stephanie (JT) Summers, Nathan (Tonya) Buffi, Kimberly Kippes, Andrew (Jackie) Kippes, Elizabeth (Jase) Madsen, Chance Ogawa, Renee Kippes and Vince Kippes; and five great-grandchildren, Kyli Buffi, Trevor Buffi, Nicholas Buffi, Jesse Summers and Benjamin Kippes.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Ogawa; her son, Dean; sisters, Shizue “Suzie” Shigahara, Kimi Onishi and Tomie Miya; and her brother, Sunny Onishi.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 23, at the Rupert United Methodist Church, 605 H St. in Rupert, with the Rev. Pamela Meese officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery in Burley. Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday, July 22, at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St. in Burley, and from 10 until 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the church.