Ruby at Seattle Reunion, 2007
Ruby Kumasaka Noji
  • 88 years old
  • Date of birth: May 13, 1927
  • Date of passing: Jan 26, 2016
Mom will be sorely missed.

This memorial website was created in memory of our beloved mother and wife, Ruby Tazuko Kumasaka Noji, 88, born on May 13, 1927 and passed away on January 26, 2016. 

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Harold T. Noji, and their three children, Dr. Eric K. Noji (Pamela Loos) of Washington, DC, Greg K. Noji (Julie Takahashi) of Honolulu, HI, and Cathy M. Noji (Ali Khiavi) of Chicago, and two grandsons, Kevin and Ryan Khiavi.  Left to mourn her also are a sister, Reiko (Kumasaka) Hayashi currently of CO, and a brother, Dr. Hiroshi Kumasaka of San Diego Co, CA, many nieces and nephews as well as several Kumasaka cousins.  A brother, Dr. Glenn "Hisashi" Kumasaka of Ann Arbor, MI, passed away on February 1, 2014.

A memorial service will take place later in the year.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Ruby's name may be made to the Alzeheimer's Association.


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Peggi Matsumura on 27th January 2017

"To my brother Harold and his family: On Thursday, January 26, 2017 marked the 1st anniversary of Ruby's passing.  Matthew 5:4 says "Blessed are they who mourn for they shall be comforted."  I hope you have found comfort and continue to do so.  Thank you."

This tribute was added by Peggi Matsumura on 28th March 2016

"To Harold, my brother, to your children and  grandchildren and all relatives associated with Ruby.  From Ecclesiastes 3: There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens. A time to be born; A time to die; A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance....Please stay strong and there will come a time to laugh and dance once again.  Ruby will be sorely missed. Thank you."

This tribute was added by Dee Bloom on 16th March 2016

"I would like to pay my respects to Uncle Harold, he and Ruby's children Eric (Pam), Greg (Julie), and Cathy (Ali and grandsons Kevin and Ryan), and the entire Kumasaka family for the loss of Ruby, a kind and beautiful soul.

Despite having only hazy childhood memories of relatives, I feel I’ve learned so much from studying the memorials, photos and captions on this lovely tribute.

Ruby was clearly an exemplary woman throughout her life--as a caring and loving daughter and big sister, as a sweet child to an aging family friend, as a talented and remarkable student, as a patient and heroic teacher to special needs children, as a strong and selfless mother, as a loyal and lifelong wife, and as a truly magnificent person who truly lived a life worth living, and lived it well.

Peace and love to you all."

This tribute was added by Roland Kumasaka on 12th March 2016

"Sorry for your loss.  Remember visiting the Kumasaka Family in South
Tacoma before 1942 _  reconnecting with Ruby and Harold at the UW.
( Harold lived in Block 3, Minidoka Camp ).  Ruby and Harold visited
Haruo and Minnie frequently in Seattle, which was appreciated.
" Hold closely the Gift of Memories  _   Memories that bring Comfort
and Peace.""

This tribute was added by Yukio Kumasaka on 12th March 2016

"We are so sorry to hear about Ruby's passing.  Our prayers and thoughts are with you.  With our deepest sympathy and love,  Cousin Yukio and Julianne"

This tribute was added by Ham Kumasaka on 12th March 2016

"We regret to learn of cousin Ruby's passing.  We were privileged
to have her at the Univ. of Wash for awhile after all the WWII
years our families had been separated.  Harold probably knows
that the Noji Gardens Nursery is no more.  The site was sold to
Homesight; my son Kory and his family moved into one of the
homes developed on the property and lived there for a few years."

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