Yoshiko G. Walters

By February 20, 2014 Obituaries









Yoshiko G. Walters of Summerville, South Carolina passed away at her residence Wednesday, February 19, 2014 surrounded by her family, after a long battle with cancer.
Yoshiko was born February 10, 1945 in Okinawa, Japan, daughter of Zenko and Matsu Gushiken, two months prior to the invasion of the island of Okinawa during World War II. Miraculously she survived the decimation of her homeland. At age twenty, she met Ronald E. Walters while he was serving in the US Air Force. They were married in Okinawa August 8, 1966. They moved to the United States of America on December 7, 1966, settling in Detroit, Michigan. They were life-long Michigan residents, during which time she improved her English language skills, became a US citizen, and earned her high school diploma, graduating salutatorian of her class. She was later employed at Red Lobster in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she was selected to travel back to Japan as part of the opening team for two new restaurants. Yoshiko also enjoyed bowling, volleyball, baseball, camping, gardening, and golf. Her most beloved activity was spending time with her children and grandchildren. Ron and Yoshiko retired to Summerville, South Carolina in 1999 where they enjoyed the warm climate and learned to salt water fish with their family. They were also active members of the Low Country Miata Club, and league bowlers at Sandpiper Lanes.
Yoshiko is survived by her husband Ronald of forty-seven years, three children: Darren (Julie) Walters of Thomasville, North Carolina, Debbie (Monty) Kirkland of Stafford, Virginia, and Sharon (Eddie) Blakeley of N. Charleston, South Carolina, along with seven grandsons: Jody Walters, Garrett Blakeley, Joshua Walters, Chase Kirkland, Zachary Blakeley, Kobe Kirkland, and Carson Kirkland. Yoshiko is also sadly missed by her siblings Mitsuko Chinen, Tokuzan Gushiken, Zensho Gushiken, Zenei Gushiken, and a host of other relatives in Okinawa, Japan.
Yoshiko requested a private memorial service at her residence (immediate family only). In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her honor to the American Cancer Society.
Yoshiko was an amazing wife, mother, and grandmother, loved by all and will be sadly missed by all who knew her.


  • Richard St. Peter says:

    I will miss Yoshi, her smile a alway having fun. Thank you for all the fond times. Can’t wait to visit with the Walters family. Peace of Christ be with her.

  • Jimmy,and Lynn Butler says:

    You will be Greatly missed by All. Rest In Peace Yoshi.?

  • Connie Bronw says:

    Yoshi I have not seen you since I was a kid, you and my mother worked together and became friends as did your kids and myself. you were a wonderful friend and loved life
    you will be truly missed I love you!

  • Cathy Coger says:

    You will be missed. God has another great angle. I was so glad our kids got to know you and camp a lot together. I will see you again some day in heaven. May you rest in peace.

  • Mickey and Tom Miller says:

    Debbie, Monty and family – Tom and I were so sorry to hear of you mom’s passing. I am sure she will be missed by all. Will keep you all in our prayers. Love to you, Uncle Tom and Aunt Mickey

  • James Furmage says:

    A wonderful woman I had the pleasure of meeting on a few occasions through her son Darren. Truly a wonderful lady that will be missed by many. Our prayers go out to the family.

  • Yvonne Slotkin says:

    Sharon, Eddie and family, what a beautiful legacy your Mom has left to the world-in the wonderful people you all are. You reflect her loving heart, that of a terrific Mother, Wife, Grandmom and friend. I only met Yoshi a few times but instantly recognized an amazing woman who brought up a beautiful family to bless the rest of us with, in having your friendship. I am so sorry for this monumental loss.

  • Cristina Carpenter says:

    Yoshi was such a generous and kind person, always smiling and welcoming to us during the few times we visited her home. I loved observing her beautiful gardens in her yard — something she was proud of. She will be missed by all that knew her and my heart breaks for her family. Keeping them in our prayers. May you rest in peace, Yoshi. xxoo