Monday, June 23, 2008
Our Precious Kuni, Home at Last
Many of you may remember my post a few months ago when my family planted flowers for our precious little Kuni Jackson, our lifelong friend and my mother's "sister" (as we have called her for years!). On Thursday, sweet Kuni returned home to her Heavenly Father after several years battling with her failing health. My first memories of Kuni are when I was a very young girl and she would come over to our house as our little "Avon Lady", taking her shoes off at the door as a Japanese custom and then leaving Japanese treats on the doorknob for us to discover when we left the house.
A few years ago, we captured her sweet voice on tape as Jordan and I put together a Dahlquist family "Book of Mormon" on CD set with about 50 voices of close family and friends reading the entire Book of Mormon. We also had her read her verse in Japanese which was so special to our family. What a priceless treasure to be able to listen to that sweet, soft little voice of Kuni Jackson. She may be away from us for a time, but her flowers will always be in bloom as she will always be in our hearts!
We are forever blessed, Kuni, to have touched shoulders with you!
(Obituary written by my sweet mother)
KUNI HARADA JACKSON
Kuni Harada Jackson 1944 ~ 2008 Kuni passed away peacefully at her home, Thursday, June 19th, 2008, after a long but courageous struggle with illness.She was born, Nov. 4th, 1944, in Hiroshima, Japan, the daughter of Heiichi and Masa Harada. She grew up in Japan loving the beaches, oceans and mountain climbing. She won prizes in intellectual competitions. Kuni had teaching certificates in Japanese tea ceremony and flower arranging. She has had Haiku poetry published in a Japanese language newspaper in the United States. As a young woman, she loved working as a tour guide, sharing the beauty of her native Japan with others. In 1971, she met and married Brian Charles Jackson, who was serving in the armed forces there in Japan. They moved back to the Salt Lake area, where their son, Travis was born. Kuni had a deep love for her family, friends and neighbors, the Temple and the gospel of Jesus Christ. She served everyone-children, the sick, the lonely, the needy and the aged. She knew and lived the meaning of "Love One Another." In turn, her family would like to thank the many friends, neighbors, doctors and nurses who assisted her during her illness. Kuni is survived by the family that she treasured- her husband, Brian and son, Travis. She was preceded in death by parents, her sister, Nichiko and brother, Rikuich, all of Japan.
Kuni holding our Charly at the Hospital-Feb. 2007