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Obituaries » Hideko Isom

Hideko Isom, 84, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on October 6, 2017.

Hideko Kiyan was born January 24, 1933, in Mindanao Islands, Philippines, to Okinawan parents. After her father passed away from malaria, the family moved back to Okinawa and Hideko, along with her mother, brother and two sisters, survived the Battle of Okinawa during World War II.

After her marriage to John Isom, who was serving in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, Hideko immigrated to the U.S. and devoted herself to raising her family. Her hobbies included sewing, cooking and spending time with her family and friends.

Mrs. Isom had to overcome many challenges as a first generation American. She had many gifts and used her gifts to help her family and friends.

She is survived by her greatest gifts, her son, retired U.S. Navy Capt. James A. Isom and wife Veronica of Gainesville; herd granddaughter, Elizabeth Ann Louise Allen and her husband Richard of Augusta, Ga., both of whom are serving with the U.S. State Department in Casablanca, Morocco; her grandson, Dr. James A. Isom and wife Dr. Sarah Isom of Gainesville, Fla.; her granddaughter, Kelly Jean Isom of Arlington, and her great granddaughter, Elsie Louise Allen.

Her second son, Richard J. Isom, preceded Mrs. Isom in death.

Hideko Isom’s departure from this world came too soon and she will be greatly missed by her family. She was a brave and determined woman, with a loving heart and a warm smile. She successfully overcame many challenges during her lifetime and in her final days found peace with our Lord, Jesus Christ.

The memorial service will take place Friday, October 13, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Warrenton. She will be buried next to her son, Richard J. Isom, at San Carlos Catholic Cemetery in Monterey, California.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Warrenton.
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