Joe, Joe Yamada And Joseph Yamada discussed on All Things Considered

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Elizabeth and Joseph Yamada were born just two days apart, and they died days apart. Two lives one of the more than 259,000 who have died of covert 19 in this country. Joe after a long decline due to dementia, their love story began in the most unlikely of places. It was December of 1941 and the U. S. Had just entered into a war with Japan. Within days, Thousands of Japanese Americans were forced to pack a single suitcase and were sent off to internment camps. I met Elizabeth in camp 11 years old. She having to be in the same camp that we were that is the voice of Joe Yamada and a video made three years ago by the Cultural Landscape Foundation lives and Joe or 11 when their families were sent to a camp in post on Arizona. And here is if forsaken, please huge desert area. Musky trees and bushes. And as far as you could see nothing. They stayed friends after their internment ended. They fell in love, and eventually they got married and had three Children. Here's their oldest son, Garrett Yamada. I kind of compare who they were by the foods and like my dad was fish and chips kind of person, You know, he loves stamp. My mom was more fine Dining sushi Liz taught at San Diego High School. Well, Joe was running a landscape architecture firm. After teaching lives, became a full time mom and eventually became a partner in Joe's business, and if she carved out a little free time you would find her sipping coffee with her nose in a book, My mom, she would be the one to take us to museums, you know, get us in the art classes. She provided the enrichment side of our lives there. As for his father, Garrett says Joe was an entertainer at heart. He was a fun loving person had a great laugh. He was great at telling stories and great at making time for his kids like taking the whole family out fishing, And we do this, like once a month, and then later on, I find out he hated fishing. Do you know why doing that? But he do it just because we'd like to do it. First time I met Joe Yamada was that a session where he came to our high school back in the early seventies, and he spoke about the profession, which I became eager to learn more about. That's Pat Koi. Koi had always loved plants, too. But it was Joe who showed him that he could make a career working with plants. Years later, Coy got in touch with Joe and started working for him and eventually became a partner in what was really a family business. Joe and Liz. The humor was always there. We've had them at every function at every dinner. Every holiday celebration when he was sitting talking just the evening's themselves were just filled with joy and happiness. Even in the difficult weeks after both Liz and Joe died, there was some joy and happiness to be found. They're great granddaughter was born on June 21st. Her name is Andy. But her middle name is Elizabeth. So we remember my mom when we see our granddaughter please and Joe Yamada were married for nearly 66 years. Joe died on May 11th of complications from dementia and Liz died of covert 19 9 days later.

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