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Okinawa remembers part of its spirit and soul

By: Kenny Ehman

Date Posted: 1998-11-27

Kathryn Clemente was an inspiration to everyone who knew her. Her radiant smile and warm heart could fill a room with joy, while her kindness and generosity offered hope in times of need. She pursued life with a strong passion, and was often a role model for others to follow. Kathryn was a gift to our island.

During a dark time in Okinawa when hate began to envelop the thoughts of even those who had no reason to hate, Kathryn lead the way in showing love and peace. Her books were more than just pages of art and writing, bound between two covers - they represented the hopes and dreams for those of us who cared about Okinawa as much as Kathryn herself did. Her canvases were the spirit of forgiveness and happiness.

Both Americans and Okinawans will miss her greatly. She has helped to mend many wounds in ways that were both big and small. She probably could not have even known how many lives she has touched, for there were so many.

On Wednesday, December 2, a memorial service will be held for anyone who wishes to attend. The service will take place at 4 pm at Chapel one (Building 9800) on Kadena Air Base. Kathryn's family asks both the American and Okinawan communities to remember her in a way through which they feel appropriate. Cards and flowers may be sent directly to the chapel. The chapel's phone number is 634-3810. Okinawans are asked to arrive early to allow time for base passes to be processed.

Kathryn wished for peace and understanding among us all. We should always remember her message as we carry on with our lives - it would be our gift to her. The web site for Miki Mongoose can be found at www.mikimongoose.com. The staff of Japan Update sends their prayers and condolences to Kathryn's family and friends.

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