Lily Masuda went to be with her Heavenly Father on May 25, 2017, at 88 years of age. Lily Yurie Katow was born May 27, 1928, the youngest of five children, to Gin and Gunshiro Katow, in Alameda, California.
Childhood was spent in Alameda and Berkeley, California until 1942 when she and her family were sent to the Topaz War Relocation Center in Utah. Upon release from the camps, her family returned to the Bay Area. Lily graduated from Albany High in 1946. Her education continued at San Francisco City College, where she graduated with an associate’s degree in 1948.
Lily and Iwao Masuda met while attending City College. Lily and Iwao married in 1951. They were active with the Boy Scout Troop 26 of Berkeley, California, Iwao being a Scout leader and Explorer Advisor. The couple bought a home in El Cerrito, California, and had two children, Chrys (1956), and Heidi (1962). Iwao worked at College Cleaners, continued with the Scouts, and participated in many other community activities, all with Lily’s support. In 1970, Iwao passed away from cancer. With the help of God, family and many friends, she continued on her own to raise her children and build her life.
Lily worked for Macy’s from 1976 to 1993, when she retired. In 1998, she sold her house in El Cerrito and moved to Wichita, Kansas, to live with her daughter Heidi and family. She later moved with the family to Layton, Utah, in 2003, and maintained her own apartments until moving to Chancellor Gardens Assisted Living in Clearfield, Utah, in 2015. Lily recovered from a series of illnesses in 2016 and 2017 but after a hospitalization in May 2017, she passed away in her home.
She is survived by her daughters, Chrys Masuda and Heidi Masuda-Schmitz, and their families. She was blessed with four grandchildren.
She is interred next to Iwao at Rolling Hills Memorial Park in Richmond, California.