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Agnes M. Okano


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Agnes M. Okano

Agnes M. Okano, 83, of Salt Lake City, passed away Aug. 16, 2016 at her home where she resided for the past year. She was a former longtime resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming and died following a lengthy illness.

She was born on Aug. 6, 1933 in Rock Springs, the daughter of Kenichi Ota and Yoshiko Nakayama Ota.

Okano attended schools in Rock Springs and was a Rock Springs High School graduate. 

She married Jiro Okano in Rock Springs Sept. 3, 1955 and he later preceded her in death on Sept. 15, 1987 in Farson.

She was the office manager at the Bureau of Land Management for 31 years and retired Dec. 31, 1985.  She then worked for the Sweetwater County Library System as a librarian for 10 years and retired on April 30, 1996.

She was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion.

Her interests included being devoted to family activities, reading, needlework, and traveling.

Survivors include three children; Dr. David Okano of Salt Lake City, Dr. Gary Okano and wife, Laurie Perdue of Simi Valley, Calif., Karen Wells, and husband, Michael of Sacramento, Calif.;  one brother, Dr. Roy Ota, and wife Mabel of Las Vegas; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three sisters, and one brother.

Following cremation, a service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, at the Rock Springs Holy Communion Episcopal Church in Rock Springs. Inurnment will be in the Rock Springs Municipal Cemetery following the funeral luncheon. 

The family of Agnes M. Okano respectfully suggests that donations in her memory be made to Sweetwater County Library Foundation, the Huntsman Cancer Institute or the University of Utah School of Dentistry Annual Scholarship Fund.

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