Martha Misao Harada, 97, a long-time Roy resident, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, July 25, 2023, with her family by her side.
She was the eldest daughter of Kiyoshi Yamamoto and Namiye Uchimura and was born at the old Dee Hospital in Ogden. Raised and schooled in what is now Clinton and Sunset, Martha graduated from Davis High School, Class of 1944.
Martha married Utaka Harada, a US Army Serviceman, in 1949. They had six children together and celebrated 30 years of marriage prior to his passing in April of 1979.
Martha received her nursing certificate and worked as an RN in San Francisco, on base at Hill AFB, and for years at the same hospital where she was born. Later she worked at the old Weber County Hospital in Roy and was head nurse over the TB Unit. After retirement, she worked with her husband, Utaka, at the Kwik Stop Drug Store and later helped him start the North Davis Pharmacy at Tanner Clinic.
Martha was a proud member of JANBA, the Japanese American National Bowling Association, serving as National Secretary for several years, and was a Hall of Fame Recipient within the Northern Utah Chapter of the United States Bowling Congress Association. She also belonged to the Ladies Golf Association, favoring playing at Valley View.
Her other hobbies included knitting, crocheting, fishing, and crafting with the grandkids. Martha was an excellent gardener and took great pride in her many roses. She was always up for a trip to Wendover. She enjoyed canning peaches and preserves, and she made the best grape juice ever!
Martha was compassionate and generous. She was well loved and will be deeply missed. The family caregiver, Martha was always busy doing something to help someone else.
An active member of the Ogden Buddhist Church, Martha remained a participant for as long as her health would allow.
Martha is survived by her daughter, Dianne Harada; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; three brothers, Stom, Russ, and Glenn Yamamoto; and one sister, Mary Okuda.
She was preceded in death by her husband; infant children, Keith, Carol and Renee; daughter, Kathy and son, Scott. Also preceding her are three brothers and one sister, as well as her parents.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 31, 2023 at 2 p.m. at the Ogden Buddhist Church, 155 North Street. Friends may visit with family from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd., and Monday from 12:30 to 1:30 pm at the Church.
Interment, Ogden City Cemetery, 1875 Monroe Blvd.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Atlas Hospice, especially Korie and Misty, for their kind, loving and professional care.