Teri Mitsie Oka, 65, passed away surrounded by her family on January 9, 2023 after a long battle with cancer. She was born in Ogden on December 17, 1957 to Makio and Esther Oka.
Mitsie graduated from Bonneville High School in 1976 and went on to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Math Education from Weber State University and later a Master's Degree from the University of Phoenix. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
She started her career as a math student-teacher at Bonneville High, which eventually led to a full-time teaching position for 32 years with the Lakers. After she retired from Bonneville High, she went on to teach math at Weber Basin Job Corps for five years.
Miss Oka loved her students, and they loved her. She touched thousands of students’ lives and loved attending school athletic events. She was deeply touched by the heartfelt messages and cards sent by former students over the past few months.
Mitsie was a very giving person — you never left her house without a gift or a treat. She was well known for the large garden she maintained and passed her knowledge on to her nieces and nephews. She loved to travel and visited almost 30 countries during her life.
One of her greatest joys was spending time with (and spoiling) her nieces and nephews and their children. Mitsie Day, Easter egg hunts, going to Disneyland, slip 'n slide parties in the backyard, and trips to Costco are some of our favorite memories with her.
Mitsie is survived by her three sisters, Jeanne (Scott) Wayment, Janet (Hal) Torman, and Joan Hesley; as well as nine nieces and nephews; and 29 great-nieces and nephews. Mitsie was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Ken; and a niece.
We would like to thank Mitsie’s dear friends, cousins, and colleagues who visited with thoughtful gifts, food, flowers, and love. It was wonderful to see her light up and laugh with you.
The family is grateful for the Hogan’s, who were incredible friends and neighbors to Mitsie over the years. We also appreciate the tender care Utah Oncology and Hematology staff, Intermountain Homecare and Hospice nurses, and Visiting Angels.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2023 at 10 a.m. at Lindquist’s Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd. Friends may visit with family on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd.