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YEMIKO (AMY) KURIO, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of Ken Kurio, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Monday, March 20, 2023, at the age of 93 years.
Besides her loving husband, Amy is survived by her children David Kurio of Taber, Shelley Kurio of Calgary, and Marilyn Kurio of Canmore; her grandchildren Lauren (Mitch) Walker of Foremost, Brett (Morgan) Kurio of Lethbridge, Robert (Lauren) Kurio of Lacombe, April (Cody) McMullin of Victoria, Kristyn (Dean) Campbell of Edmonton, Jordan Wiscombe of Calgary, and Ryan Wittrock of Edmonton; her great grandchildren Grayson, Ellie, Kiyomi, Kai and Fynn. She was predeceased by her son Rick in 2022, parents Riichi and Misako Sasaki, and 3 siblings.
Amy is also survived by her sisters Alice Ohashi of Taber, Tomi Hisaoka of Lethbridge, brothers-in-law Matt (Claire) Kurio of Lethbridge, Gord (Brenda) Kurio of Kelowna, as well as daughter-in-law Lorna Kurio of Lethbridge, and numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
Amy was born October 9, 1929 in Clayburn, BC. She had a very happy childhood, growing up on a strawberry farm. In 1942 the Sasaki family arrived in Welling to work on the sugar beet farm of Jesse Wilde.
Amy graduated from the Galt School of Nursing in 1951 where she made many lifelong friends. She was very proud of not only being the class valedictorian but also the first of Japanese descent to graduate from the Galt! She worked at the Raymond Hospital and then at the Taber Hospital.
Amy and Ken married in 1955 and lived in Taber. Amy continued to nurse, but as their family and business grew, Amy moved onto managing the books for the business and raising the family. In 1997 Amy and Ken moved to Lethbridge to enjoy their retirement years. They loved going for breakfast at Bully’s. Rose and the staff knew them well and made sure they were looked after.
Amy was a superb Grandma and was always happy to play. She liked to cook and entertain family and friends. Amy enjoyed music and in particular, Frank Sinatra. She was an enthusiastic golfer, first in Taber and then at Bridge Valley and Evergreen golf courses. Amy was a very cheerful, positive person and always looked for the good in people. She was very happy with her life.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at St. Michael’s Health Centre. As well as to the doctors and nurses on 4C, Chinook Regional Hospital for their care and compassion. In particular, the ones with warm hands.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the ALS Society of Alberta (https://www.alsab.ca/donate).
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