Susan Kimura (Martens)
March 9, 1938 - November 16, 2019
It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our beloved Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother. She passed away, peacefully, on the morning of November 16, 2019 at the Chinook Regional Hospital, with family by her side.
Mom will be forever and deeply missed by her children Kelly (Michelle) Kimura and Kani (Lane) Jacobson, her grandchildren Deanna, Tanya, Dyson, and Lansing (Ian), her great grandchildren, Rori, Zane, Killian, Emily, and Alivia, her brothers David (Ruth) Martens, George (Ilene-deceased) Martens, and sister Mary (Pete) Loewen. Her brother in law and sister in law George and Grace Oshiro. She will be forever remembered by nieces, nephews, and all those whose lives she touched with her gentle soul, which are too numerous to mention.
Mom was predeceased by her husband, of 51 years, Seiji. Parents Heinrich Martens, and Maria Martens, Father in Law Takeo Kimura, Mother in Law Chito Kimura, her brothers and sisters in law Ben, Jake, Hank (Kay), John, and Bill (Karen), and her sisters and brother in laws Tina (Jake), Helen (Duncan), and Sara (Glen), her nieces Brenda, and Caroline, and nephews Monty, Dennis, and Henry. Brothers in law Harry Kimura, Mace Oshiro, and sister in law Julie Oshiro.
Mom was born in Maloneck, Saskatchewan on March 9, 1938 to Heinrich and Maria Martens. She was 1 of 12 children, the third youngest of them all. They moved to Barnwell, Alberta and eventually settled in Coaldale, where she lived until her passing.
On March 11, 1961 she married Seiji Kimura and together had 2 children Kelly, and Kani. She loved to travel and read, and was an amazing seamstress, so much so that she was requested to sew the wedding, bridesmaids, and graduation gowns for family and friends, through the years. She loved to spend time with family and friends over a good cup of coffee and conversation, and these times will be forever cherished by those whom she leaves behind. Mom was never short on cheekiness, spunk, and sass, and would definitely keep us on our toes with her wit, something that will be forever missed, but never forgotten. She was "Mom" to many of our friends growing up, and she wouldn't have wanted it any other way. They were always welcome with a smile.
As time went on, and the family grew, she welcomed her grandbabies, and she is, and will always be, eternally proud of the amazing people they have become, and she loved them so very much. With grandchildren, came 5 great grandchildren, and even though distance kept her from seeing them as often as she would have liked, she loved each and every one, and it is a great shame that they will not get to know this amazing woman, but rest assured, they will have their special angel watching over them as they grow, and live their lives, and she will enjoy watching it all from above.
Mom said, shortly before she passed, “Miss me, but not too much”.
We would like to thank Pastors Gary Giesbrecht and Lil Thompson with the Coaldale Mennonite Church for their prayers and support for Mom and our families during this most difficult time.
We would also like to thank all the doctors and nurses of 4B, of the Chinook Regional Hospital, and the CRH ICU who, with their caring, kindness and compassion, helped Mom and our families, make Moms transition just a little less painful. We cannot thank you enough for all you do every day, you all are truly forever angels. Christina Roberts RN with Lethbridge Home Care and Dr. Justin Steed for your help and compassion. We greatly appreciate everything that you have done for Mom.
At Mom’s request, there will be no formal funeral, but we will celebrate Mom’s life in the spring with family and friends, at which time she will be laid to rest with her Father in the Coaldale Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made in memory to the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation ICU Fund.
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