Alice Hatasaki

Alice Hatasaki

Tuesday, June 18th, 1929 - Friday, August 21st, 2020
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Alice Chiyeko Hatasaki, 91, of Springdale, Arkansas passed peacefully August 21, 2020.
Born June 18, 1929 in San Jose, California, to Katsuzo and Sumi Uchiyama, Alice was the fifth of seven
During WWII (1943-46) she and her family (American citizens) were incarcerated in a Japanese
Internment Camp at Poston, Arizona, while two brothers served in the US Army. After interment, her
family relocated to Mountain View, California. She graduated from Mountain View High School in 1947.
Following graduation, she enrolled in Model Fashion School in San Jose and she received a diploma in
Sewing, Drafting and Designing of Ladies Apparel.
Alice married James Keiji Hatasaki on September 28, 1952, and resided in San Jose, California. They
had four children. In 1961, she left the security of their Japanese family and community and moved to
Springdale to support her husband’s work as a chicken sexer. She was a homemaker very involved in her
children’s lives. One year alone, she served as a Girl Scout Brownie leader and Cadette leader, Boy
Scout den mother, and served in the Elmdale Elementary PTA. She was a mentor to many young
Japanese families who found seasonal work in the chicken industries and occasionally helped young
children to read and speak English. She had a passion for sewing and used her skills late at night to do
alterations and sew garments. It didn’t take long for others to recognize her talent. She became known
throughout Springdale’s schools as she made band jackets, cheerleading and twirler uniforms,
homecoming and prom dresses. She did alterations for area businesses and individuals in the community.
For leisure, Alice loved to bowl. She participated in various leagues at Springdale Lanes and collected
many trophies over the years.
She is preceded in death by her parents, siblings, and husband, (Jim). She is survived by her children:
Marlene (Herb) Townsend of Claremore, Okla.; Janice (Walter) Nishimoto of Santa Clara, Calif.; Laura
(Jim) Wieland of Springdale, Ark.; Grant (Donna) Hatasaki of Morgan Hill, Calif.; and, grandchildren
Michelle Townsend-Brown, Dru Townsend, Michael Wieland, Jennifer Wieland-Batchelor, Kurt Townsend,
Joe Hatasaki, Allison Hataski-Smith, Steven Nishimoto, Sarah Nishimoto, 9 great-grandchildren, and
many beloved nieces, and nephews.
Alice was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church. She was dearly loved by her family and friends.
Her smile, humor, spunk will be deeply missed.
Services/Internment of ashes will be held in California at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Road, Springdale, AR 72762 or Young Life,
505 Grey Ghost Ct., Morgan Hill, CA, 95037.
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Patricia Owens

Posted at 04:03pm
Laura, please accept my heartfelt sympathies. Kelly shared with me of your mom’s passing. It was interesting to note in her obituary of her family’s internment in Arizona. The family of a dear classmate of mine had come to my hometown in eastern Washington State when released from Arizona internment in 1946. Again, my sympathies... Pat Owens

Ruth Beard

Posted at 01:05pm
So sorry about your mother didn’t have the pleasure of knowing her but you and Jim are 2 special people

Mary Hauser

Posted at 04:49pm
Mrs Hatasaki was one of the sweetest most beautiful people I remember from childhood. She made almost every one of my majorette uniforms and my bridesmaids dresses. She even loaned me her daughter’s veil for my something borrowed. She made anything homemade look store bought. She was the best, and I took sewing lessons from Mrs Sharp down the street who was in no way as excellent as Mrs Hatasaki. If Mrs Hatasaki had given sewing lessons I would have been first in line to sign up. Such a giving sweet spirit she had. My condolences to Marlene, Janice, Laura, and Grant and all the family. May she rest peacefully. I truly loved your mom.

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