Daisy Kakoda Mouri, 86, of New Market, passed away peacefully at home on Dec. 12, 2017. Daisy was a much loved wife, mother, sister and friend.
She was born July 16, 1931, in Oakland, Calif. Her parents were Helen and Kanichi Kakoda, both natives of Sacramento, Calif. She grew up in Oakland and Alameda before being relocated to Yuma, Ariz. during World War II. After the war, the family moved to New Jersey to work in produce preservation manufacturing.
After high school graduation, Daisy moved to Chicago to help an aunt raise her first child. There she met her future husband at a wedding. She was married to Frank Mouri on Aug. 14, 1954.
Her husband was a career soldier and the next 20 years were spent in Europe, Asia, and all over the U.S. During this time they were blessed with five children.
Though primarily a homemaker, as the kids grew older, Daisy had opportunities to work outside the home. Her job in the football office at the U.S. Military Academy provided thrills beyond just beating Navy. In 1974, recent UCLA academic All- American QB grad Mark Harmon made a visit to West Point. After meeting him in person, Daisy told him to quit football and become an actor or politician. He was too handsome to get beaten up on the gridiron. The rest is history.
Upon her husband’s retirement from active military duty, the couple relocated to Woodstock, Va. Daisy eventually retired from Bowman Apple Products in Mount Jackson. The couple then moved to New Market.
She was preceded in death by one sister, Penny (Ken) of San Mateo, Calif.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years; sisters, Betty (Gunter) Tampa, Fla., Yo (Dan) Syracuse, N.Y., Jean (Ed) Rockford, Ill.; brothers, Kenny (Paulline) Bridgeton, N.J., Yona (Karen) Severna Park, Md., Shuin (Cindy) Upper Deerfield, N.J.
Also surviving are her children, Mike (Jane) of Honolulu, Brenda of Dallas, Richard (Ellen) of Rixeyville, Va., Randy (Susie) of Chantilly, and William of New Market; four grandchildren, Chris, Marlo, Sara, and Cameron; two great-grandchildren, Brayden and Ronin.
Daisy enjoyed bowling, watching Korean dramas, playing cards, spending time with family and casino gambling. She loved Las Vegas and Atlantic City. She was a lifelong Oakland Raiders fan.
Special friends include Bud and Burl, Norma and Kim, Tom and Susie, Carla, Cathy, Sue and Ott, Ruby, Grace and Rosie, Kazu, Lorrie and Jennifer, Mr. Lee, Mr. Chen and Sint, Sandy, Mrs. Nancy Zupo, Shelly and Jenna, and Mark the Catholic.
The family would like to thank Sentara Hospice Services, especially Emily, Shannon, Jessica, Kimberly and Collette, Dr. Christopher Hess of Hess Orthopedics. Special thanks to Dr. Ruth Holmaas and her staff at Mount Jackson Health Center.
Per her request, there will be no public services and the body was cremated. Theis Funeral Chapel of New Market handled all the arrangements to great success.
In her memory, she asks that you give what you can, when you can, to your favorite causes.