Dianne Briggs Sherman ’69
September 28, 2016
Hannah Terry ’09
September 28, 2016

Gloria Kambara Takaya ’44 passed away peacefully with family members at her side on June 27, 2016.  She is now reunited in heaven with her husband George and son Timothy who had passed away 7 months earlier.   Mitsi was born in Berkeley, California, the fifth of six children of Genji and Ayaki Kambara. Her father was the proprietor of the Aki Grocery store in Berkeley. She attended UC Berkeley until the onset of WWII when she was relocated along with her family to the Topaz Relocation Camp in Utah. In 1942, she received a scholarship to attend Roberts Wesleyan College in New York where she met her future husband, George Takaya. After the war, she returned to California, married George and had three children, Steven, Timothy and Lois Ann. Alongside her husband George, they pastored churches in the Japanese Free Methodist Conference in Venice/Santa Monica, Glendale as well as Bethany Congregational Church in Santa Barbara. Mitsi was involved in the family business, Takaya Nursery in Goleta until George’s retirement in 1999. They celebrated their 69th anniversary last August 15, 2015.  Mitsi was a faithful and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She cared deeply about her family, relatives and her many close friends. She tried to encourage everyone she encountered and had a remarkable memory even in her later years. She and George prayed faithfully every day for God’s love and blessing over family members, relatives, friends, and neighbors.   She was preceded in death by her husband George and son Timothy, siblings Yone Nakamura, Zench Kambara, Mineko Suzuki, Lily Fukutome and Mary Mikami. Survivors include her children, Steve Takaya (Betty Ann) of Goleta, CA, Lois Cummings (Joe) of Panama City Beach, FL, 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.