I met Noriyo about 25 years ago at a play group when our children were toddlers. I was instantly drawn to her kind and gentle spirit. We became close friends and spent many hours together when our children played. She was such a modest, kind hearted, and fair person I have ever met. She was a great mom to Daniel. Our families spent a lot of time together and went on a few field trips as well. I will always remember my dear friend and her infectious smile. Over the years we lived apart but she was always in my thoughts. We emailed each other and shared how we were doing and I was always so happy to hear from her. I am so grateful for meeting my dear friend, Russell and Daniel. She was one of those people who touched my life in a wonderful way. Thank you my friend. Hope we meet again. Dear Russell, Daniel, her parents and her sister are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry.I wish you all comfort during this difficult time.