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Published: Thursday, Aug. 11 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Cedar City, UT

Congratulations, Chieko Okazaki. A life well lived. Enjoy your reunions. :)

Richland, WA

Sister Okazaki served with her husband when he was president of the Japan-Okinawa Mission (basically Japan south of Tokyo) from 1968-1971. Her compassion and love for the people of Japan is something she will take with her.

Cache, UT

A great lady!

Shelley, ID

Met her in Miami - wow what a spiritual powerhouse!


Always loved to hear Sister Okazaki speak, and enjoyed her books also. What a special lady, an "elect lady" indeed! Thank you to her family for sharing their loved one with us, and I'm sure their understanding of the Gospel will help bring peace to their lives during their time of sorrow.

Sarah B

I was so surprised to find out her age. She always seemed so energetic. Condolences to her family.

Salt Lake City, UT

She was amazing and always oozed integrity.....Condolences to Ken who would never take advantage of a client...he must have learned the value of integrity from his mother...

Florissant, MO

The Spirit world is rejoicing, they have just had a vibrant and powerful woman join with them. I really admired her and am happy that she is able to be with her husband now.

Lindon, UT

Chieko Okazaki is in my estimation one of the most spiritual and greatest LDS leaders, bar none, the church has ever seen.

Provo, UT

When priesthood correlation took control of the LDS Church in 1970, one of its goals was to insure no woman auxiliary leader ever became an independent power in her own right. It has been successful, for the most part. Yet a few women outsmarted correlation to become superstars. She comes to mind first, along with Sheri Dew. I oncesaw her live in action once in the mid 1990s. She was one of the great LDS speakers of her generation.

Denton, MD

About 20 years ago, I was blessed to attend a Relief Society Conference in Philadelphia at which Sister Okazaki was the featured speaker. Her wisdom, humor, and the spirit that flowed through her to the sisters had a profound impact on me as a relatively new member of the church and overwhelmed young mother. She was such an awesome storyteller and had a special knack for drawing parallels with everyday objects/situations to give insight into the scriptures and gospel principles. I always looked forward to her next book and still go back to my collection of them often. Disciples, in particular, is special to me, as it was published around the time that we were coming to grips with the extent of our youngest son's profound disabilities. A section in a later chapter of that book was just what I needed to accept the situation and press forward. Sister Okazaki dedicated her life to being one of Heavenly Father's instruments in bringing comfort and joy to untold numbers of women around the world.

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North Salt Lake, UT

My condolences go out the the Okazaki family. May the Lord bless you until we see your mother and grandmother again. I always loved hearing her speak and we will miss her dearly.

Ricardo Carvalho
Provo, UT

I think Sister Okazaki may have done more to shape the cultural sensitivity of the Church than any other leader. Thank you and may you enjoy the next stage of your life.

Buena Park, CA

Farewell, dear Sister. Your compassion richly blessed my life and many others' lives. I still use your talk on healing from sexual abuse to help women here in SoCal.

Richmond, VA

As an alumnus of SVU, I'm so grateful for the invaluable service she rendered as a member of the Board in the final decade of life. Her example is inspiring!

Herriman, UT

I remember the first time I saw Sister O speak in General Conference and how impressed I was with her. I always loved her talks, they were so down to earth and humble. She was loved and will be missed.

Pocatello, ID

Avery humble, classy lady! I had the opportunity of meeting her & she made you feel like you were the only person she was talking to when you were with her. I love her & am saddened by this news, but oh what a wonderful reunion for her! God bless her family during this time. We will always remember Sister O!

Herbal Tea Partier
Kearns, UT

easternobserver, what in the world are you talking about?

Antoher thing that confuses me is in the article it says that the funeral will be on October 10th. Please tell me that was a mistake and the funeral is really August 10th.

My condolences to her family and millions of friends around the world. She's a special lady and I have been uplifted by her talks and books. Thank you to her family for sharing her with us.

Raleigh, NC

I am sure Herbal Tea Partier's first comment was meant for "rightascension" and not "easterobserver."

Global Warner
Provo, UT

Dear Chieko, we will miss your insights and poignant stories. You were of such service to the women of the Church, as well as the larger world. You also helped us males be less obsessed with the love of power, authority and all things chauvinistic. Having benefitted from your wisdom on a number of our NGO boards and projects to empower the poor has been a rich blessing in my life, as well as to many others.

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