Amy Emiko Watanabe
August 16, 1943 - June 20, 2021
Amy Emiko Watanabe, a long time Salem resident, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday June 22, 2021 at the age of 76. Amy died peacefully at Salem Hospital just days after a diagnosis of aggressive b-cell lymphoma.
Amy was born on August 16th, 1943, in Waialua, Hawaii to Yutaka and Tsurue Masaki. Amy received her bachelor's degree from the University of Hawaii followed by her master's of education at Columbia University in New York. Amy married Charles Watanabe on August 10th, 1969 and moved to Salem after their honeymoon. Amy worked for the Salem-Keizer School District for over 40 years, first as a teacher at Richmond and Grant Elementary, and then as a substitute until her retirement in 2013. She was highly involved with her local church Salem Heights for over 40 years and enjoyed spending time with her grandkids, traveling, going to the beach, and keeping busy with a social calendar filled with family, friends, crafts, and volunteering.
She is preceded in death by her oldest sister Irene Fujimori and is survived by her younger siblings Judi Kawamura and Clyde Masaki. Amy is survived by her husband Charles Watanabe, son Blake, and daughter Denae as well as three grandchildren with one more on the way. She will be fondly remembered by those she loved for her frequent phone calls, genuine interest in others, and her adventurous spirit. There will be a celebration of life July 17th, 2021, at 11:00 am at Salem Heights Church with a lunch reception to follow. Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.
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