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Yoko Lee

November 1, 1928 - July 15, 2014
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Yoko Sayeki Lee, 85, passed away peacefully while surrounded by her family, at her Portland home on July 15, 2014. Yoko was born on Nov. 1, 1928 to Kenji and Setsuko Sayeki in Tokyo, Japan where she grew up and graduated from a high school. After graduation, she was employed at a Japanese construction company and subsequently obtained a position with the U.S. Army Procurement Center. She later worked at the Bank of America at the U.S. Army Hardy Barracks Compound as a secretary to the Bank Manager. It was there she met her husband, Dennis Lee, a member of the U.S. Coast Guard. They married on November 29, 1957 and were then...
Yoko Sayeki Lee, 85, passed away peacefully while surrounded by her family, at her Portland home on July 15, 2014.
Yoko was born on Nov. 1, 1928 to Kenji and Setsuko Sayeki in Tokyo, Japan where she grew up and graduated from a high school. After graduation, she was employed at a Japanese construction company and subsequently obtained a position with the U.S. Army Procurement Center. She later worked at the Bank of America at the U.S. Army Hardy Barracks Compound as a secretary to the Bank Manager. It was there she met her husband, Dennis Lee, a member of the U.S. Coast Guard. They married on November 29, 1957 and were then transferred to Honolulu, Hawaii where their son, Wayne, was born in 1959. The Lee family was transferred back to Tokyo in 1960 where their daughter, Jennie, was born in 1963. After returning to the United States, they enjoyed various Coast Guard tours of duty in Port Angeles and Seattle, Washington; Washington D.C., and eventually their final home in Portland in 1972. She became a U.S. citizen in 1967. In Portland, she was a homemaker raising her children, but also worked for Ataka Lumber America Co. as their administrative liaison from 1977 to 1989. She was also a member of the "Portland Tomodachi – Kai" social organization, which she enjoyed very much and gained many good friendships. Throughout all of this time and beyond, her primary focus was being a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend who will be greatly missed by all.
Yoko is survived by her husband of 56 years, Dennis; her son, Wayne Lee (daughter-in-law Chi) of Carlsbad, CA.; daughter Jennie Sennott (son-in-law Timothy) of Beaverton; and grandchildren Taryn Lee Engel, Maiya Lee and Matthew Lee. She is also survived by her sister, Michiko Saito (brother-in-law Herbert) of Tacoma, WA.; sister, Emiko Nakayama (Tsuneo); and brother, Yukimasa Sayeki (Mutsuki), both of Tokyo, Japan.
A "Celebration of Life" gathering will be held at the Stockpot Broiler in Beaverton on August 3, 2014 at 2:00 PM. A private interment service will be held at the Willamette National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the .

"Thinking of you, Dennis, as you prepare to CELEBRATE the life of Yoko I will see you on Sunday . TAKE CARE ALWAYS Merrilee O'Brockley"

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