Hatsuyo "Connie" Fleming Lough
August 4, 1929
- October 30, 2017
Born in Sasebo City, Japan to Tokuzo and Tsuru Kusomoto, Hatsuyo was the oldest of six children (Kimiyo-san, Shizue-san, Kiyoshi-san, Iwai-san and Haruyo-san). She graduated from Shiomi high school in 1945 and subsequently began working for the Japanese Navy at the age of 16. The disruptions and heartache from WWII didn’t define her, but molded her to be greater. She married a military man, traveled, bore six children (Richard, Willard, Charles (predeceased), Thomas, Ruth, and John) and settled in Salem, Oregon.
Her third husband, William Lough, was the love of her life and brought her joy through his wood-working and yodeling. Together they danced, traveled, and were true examples of loving kindness. For many years, she ran a Japanese grocery store and held cooking lessons in town. Hatsuyo was a feisty, life-long learner that challenged herself and others to be better and do better. Hardships never dampened her spirits or her outcome. In fact, she spent many of her late years writing her memoires. Hatsuyo fought for everything and everyone she believed in with a contagious passion. Hatsuyo leaves behind five children, ten grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church (770 Chemeketa St. NE Salem OR 97301) on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 1:00pm. Lunch will be provided afterward. Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.
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