Ayako Nishikawa Tohinaka 1917 ~ 2011Ayako Tohinaka, age 94, died peacefully in her sleep at her son Ray's home in the early morning of Wednesday, December 21, 2011.Ayako was born on June 1, 1917 in Redondo Beach, California, the daughter of Yayosuchi and Nobu Nishikawa. A longtime resident of Salt Lake City, Ayako was a beautiful seamstress and together with her husband, George Tohinaka, owned and operated Sage Farm Market until retirement. Ayako was active in the Salt Lake Buddhist Temple and the Buddhist Women's Association. She is survived by sons Ken, Carl, and Ray (Sallie); daughter Janice Jarrett; 10 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, George; her daughter, Sue; daughters-in-law Shizuko and Shirley; and son-in-law, Dennis Jarrett. Ayako, called Baachan by all who knew and loved her, will be greatly missed. Her gentle, kind, and accepting nature made her a joy to be near. She was avidly reading, knitting scarves, and watching the Game Show Channel until the day she died.A private memorial service will take place on December 31, 2011 at the Salt Lake Buddhist Temple. In lieu of flowers, Baachan requested that donations in her honor be made to the Salt Lake Buddhist Temple: 211 West 100 South, SLC, UT 84101. Website: slbuddhist.orgFuneral arrangements entrusted to Starks Funeral Parlor. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.starksfuneral.com