Toki Tobari, a fifty four year resident of Salt Lake City, died January 6, 1991, at the San Francisco Convalescent Hospital in California, at the blessed age of 94.
Toki was born January 4, 1897 in the northern city of Sendai, Japan. She was the second of two daughters. Her early childhood and education took place in this beautiful seaside city. She was employed as a bank teller a the time of her marriage. As was the custom of the day, the marriage was arranged by the families, and her suitor was Gosuke Tobari, from Hiroshima, a southern inland sea city, who immigrated to this country and planned to return with his bride, Toki Tada. This was in 1922. The couple made their home in Salt Lake City, where they were employed as housekeepers for the late Bishop Glass of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Utah. Her husband precedes her in death by eight years.She leaves behind a son, Joe Tobari, Salt Lake City; daughters, Hime Brenner, Ramona, California; Mari Korimatsu, Atherton, California. Toki has five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Toki lived in Salt Lake City from 1922 to 1978, moved to Mohave, California to join her daughter, and moved to San Francisco in 1982 to be with her other daughter. She was active member of the Christ United Presbyterian Church, until her accident and confinement.
Toki was a founding member, with her husband, of the Japanese Church of Christ in this city. She was especially close to the children of reverend Kengo Tajima, founding pastor. She was a member of the flower arrangement group and the poetry group known as Haiku.
Toki will return to Salt Lake City, and will buried next to her husband, Gosuke. Memorial Service will be held Thursday, January 17th, 7:30 p.m. A fellowship receptio will follow to meet the family who will be flying in from distant places. Inurnment service will be held the following day, Friday the 18th. The Japanese Church of Christ is located at 268 West 100 South.
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