Betty Noriko Oshiro was born on July 28, 1931 in Pepeekeo, Hawaii, the fifth of nine children. Growing up, she loved singing, and sang locally at night clubs and on the radio in Hawaii. She also used her singing talent to win a few beauty pageants! She graduated from Hilo High School in 1949 and received her nursing license in 1955. Her childhood neighbor, and eventually boyfriend, was Larry Oshiro whom she married in 1954. They moved from Hawaii to California in 1956, settling in Paramount, California, where they raised their 3 children, Brenda, Eric & Cheryl. Betty’s favorite color was red, and she loved wearing plumerias in her hair. Betty & Larry loved ballroom dancing and travelling the world. Betty was involved in hula, ukulele and karaoke clubs. She was also a member of the Norwalk Nikkei Seniors Club and Da’ Hawaii Seniors Club of Cerritos. Sadly, Betty passed away from complications due to COVID-19 on March 22nd. Betty’s son, Eric Oshiro & his wife, Lori, were both unknowingly exposed to COVID-19 while taking Betty to the hospital for what they thought was the stomach flu. They both later tested positive for COVID-19. Thankfully, Lori made a full recovery, but sadly, Eric did not. Eric passed away 17 days after his mother on April 8th. This occurred during the early stages of the spread of COVID-19 in California, so had it been 1 or 2 days later, Eric & Lori might not have been exposed to it, as they would have been more careful and taken more precautions. The hardest part about this illness is that it separates you from your family at a time when it’s needed most. We were not able to be there to hold our mother’s hand and comfort her. We were not able to tell her we loved her or to be there to say goodbye. Betty will be remembered as having a happy, joyful spirit and always having a song in her heart & a smile for everyone. She was a wonderful sister, aunt, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was loved by all and will truly be missed!
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