Hosaki, Betty T. (Tina), nee Okada passed away peacefully in her sleep at Ivy House in Invermere, BC at the age of 95. She was very aware and able to participate in Ivy House’s recreational games program right up until the day of her passing.
Tina met her husband Shizuo (Shaz) Hozaki in Winnipeg during the war. They were married in New Denver and settled in Invermere where their only child Sharon was born. In 1959 Tina and Shaz moved to Nakusp where they were the co-owners of the Bluebird Café until 1963. Tina then went to work at the old Green Door, which gave her the opportunity to witness so many young people pass through high school and mature into adults. Tina was a generous lady that enjoyed sharing her baking and the fruits of her garden with others. Those who were early risers during the summer would see Tina in her hat on her hands and knees working in the garden the she and her husband kept so beautifully. Artistically gifted she enjoyed drawing and painting, needlework, flower arranging and anything that required a discerning eye.
It was Tina’s wish that there be no service. Rather she wished to be fondly remembered in the memories of her friends and her relatives. Tina was truly a good friend and a neighbour to many. Above all she was the proud Matriarch of her small family; her husband Chaz who predeceased her in 2003, her daughter Sharon , son-in-law Henry, granddaughter Chelsea , grandson- in-law Scott, and especially her great- grand -sons, Kyle and Nolan who will miss and forever hold their great granny in their hearts.
In recent years Tina said many times “I never thought I would be on earth this long but when I leave I will be satisfied that I was lucky to have lived a good and happy life”. We should all be so fortunate to pass over with that belief.
In lieu of flowers donations to a charity of choice can be made in her memory.