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Posted on: Monday, March 13, 2006

Margaret Awamura Inouye

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A tribute to Maggie Inouye

Advertiser Staff

Margaret Awamura Inouye, 81, wife of U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, has died due to complications resulting from colon cancer.

Share your thoughts and condolences below.

[Posted on May 19, 2006 at 10:06 am HST]
I would like to offer my deepest sympathy and condolence to Senator Inouye and Family as they mourn the passing of their loved one. Mere words to nothing to lessen the grief they feel during these difficult times but I would like for them to know that there are many others in our Pacific communities who share their loss with them. May God Bless Mrs. Inouye.
Gregorio C. Sablan
Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands

[Posted on March 24, 2006 at 3:00 pm HST]
My deepest sympathies and warmest Aloha to you Senator Inouye and family. I was a student of Mrs. Inouyeís at the University of Hawaii Lab School in 1958 and 1959. She was always caring and so very helpful with anything brought to her attention. She always had time for you, no matter what you wanted or needed. She was a great teacher and example for all of us to emulate. Senator, I remember you coming to our class or assembly, I think several times in my years at the lab school, to give us an appreciation of history with your war experiences. You both had a great effect on my life. I last saw you both at the P.A.T.C.O. convention at the Hawaiian Village in the 1970ís. It was such a thrill that Mrs. Inouye remembered me when I came up and introduced myself!! May God give you and your family peace, and inner strength to carry on. Sincerely, Linda Darling Lloyd
Linda Darling Lloyd
Mesa, AZ

[Posted on March 17, 2006 at 8:43 am HST]
Although she was an inspiration to many and will leave a legacy of love and grace, I remember her as a caring concerned new mother, discussing diaper rash (sorry Kenny) after church service at Harris. Although of exceptional skills and intelligence, she remained down to earth. Simply a good person. My deepest sympathy -not only to you and yours, but to all of us who have lost this special person.
Hazel Twigg Rizzi
Las Vegas, NV

[Posted on March 16, 2006 at 3:46 am HST]
Dear Senator Inouye and family, My thoughts are with your family. I never had the chance to meet your wife, but she sounds like an amazing woman and I am sure she will be deeply missed.
Anna Law/Summer Legislative Intern 1991
Chicago, IL

[Posted on March 16, 2006 at 3:42 am HST]
Senator Inouye and Kenny, I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of your wife and mother. She was a woman of exceptional grace, intelligence, kindness, and warmth. Those of us at Columbia University take great pride in the fact that Maggie Inouye was an alumna. We join in the celebration of her life and all that she meant to the people of Hawaii. I hope that the outpouring of deeply felt aloha from all who knew her and all who knew of her will provide some small measure of consolation at this very sad time.
Jeanette Takamura
New York, New York

[Posted on March 16, 2006 at 2:09 am HST]
Honorable Senator Inouye and Family, I was inspired and touched by the story of Maggie and want to share my condolences for your loss. Although I was not able to meet her personally, she leaves with all of us her greatness as a person. May you and your family be blessed and comforted during this time of bereavement. Sincerely, Elizabeth P. Curtiss NA KOA Aviation Partners, LLC
Elizabeth P. Curtiss
P. O. Box 280305, San Francisco, CA 94128

[Posted on March 15, 2006 at 10:48 pm HST]
Dear Senator Inouye, May the love of God and of your late precious wife comfort your heart and soul during this very painful time. Indeed, you are a great leader because she was a great wife and mother to you and son. You cared about the poor communities of Kalihi, because you were loved by a caring woman. We thank your wife for helping you, help us the poor of Honolulu. We cry for you because you have lost such a wondeful wife. We ask God to care for her until you are together again in God's house. Aloha to a wonderful mother and wife, who truly made Hawaii a place of Aloha for us all. She will not be forgotten, yet sorely missed. She is with God in Heaven now smiling with peace. The poor of Kalihi sends condolences to you a great leader of Hawaii. God bless you and son. Love Kalihi
Samoan child of Kalihi-Palama
Kalihi, Honolulu

[Posted on March 15, 2006 at 5:53 pm HST]
Maggie Inouye was a very inspirational woman. My deepest sympathies go to the whole Inouye family.
A. Mitchell
Oahu

[Posted on March 15, 2006 at 4:34 pm HST]
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your wife Maggie Inouye. She will be missed. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all at this time. God Bless, Lei Hashimoto-Romas & Ohana
Lei Hashimoto Romas
Hanalei, Kauai

[Posted on March 15, 2006 at 4:17 pm HST]
Dear Sen Inouye, I want you to know how much we appreciate you and the long and hard work you have done on behalf of the people of Hawaii. Your wife has obviously been your stalwark and your inspiration, and the end of her life is a truly sad event for all of us. We wish her a fond aloha as she now rests in peace.
Dennis Streveler, UH Prof
Honolulu

[Posted on March 15, 2006 at 3:10 pm HST]
This day begins with a sky that weeps because the earth has felt the passing of a great soul. With Deepest Sympathy, Ty and Charlie Aldinger
Charlie Aldinger
Honolulu, HI

[Posted on March 15, 2006 at 3:02 pm HST]
Aloha Senator Inouye and Son: A richly esteemed life is now gloriously manifested in the presence of Almighty God-ABBA Father. I am sure she will be giving her wonderfully tender and gentle insight to fixing the world's woes. I believe God listens to the citizen's of Heaven. As for you and yours, God be your comforter knowing that Maggie is renewed with everlasting life. Aloha No, Leona M. Kalima
Leona M. Kalima
Waimanalo

[Posted on March 15, 2006 at 1:44 pm HST]
Dear Senator Inouye, Our sincerest condolences to you and your family.
Harold & Shirley Hayashi
Wahiawa, Hawaii

[Posted on March 15, 2006 at 1:25 pm HST]
DEAR SENATOR INOUYE AND FAMILY, OUR HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. WE WILL ALWAYS KEEP YOU AND THE FAMILY IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. GOD BLESS HER SOUL AND GOD SPEED. TAKE CARE AND GO FOR BROKE!
JOVEN MIRANDA & FAMILY
WAIPAHU

[Posted on March 15, 2006 at 1:00 pm HST]
Dear Senator Inouye, Our sincerest sympathies during this challenging time for you and your family. You and your wife have been an inspiration to many in your dedication to all of Hawaii including the U.S. Military personnel who call our wonderful state home. May your memories be long lasting and your grief pass quickly.
USO Hawaii
Honolulu

[Posted on March 15, 2006 at 9:24 am HST]
Dear Senator Inouye, My heart goes out to you and the family on the loss of your dear wife Maggie. You are also an inspiration as a loving husband, she as a loving wife and both as a loving couple. Love, Marie Masumoto
Marie Masumoto
San Pedro, California

[Posted on March 15, 2006 at 9:12 am HST]
My sincere sympathies for you and your family at this sad time. What will sustain you now is all the loving memories of your wife by your side for all these years. She is now in the spirit world and her jouney to that place will be filled with all your wonderful wishes and prayers to her. With a warm heart I send you greetings and hope that the sadness will not stay to long.
Whitebear, Patricia A.
Honolulu

[Posted on March 14, 2006 at 10:00 pm HST]
Dear Senator Dan, I was very sad when my mom called to tell me of Maggie's passing. I have very fond memories of her. She was my mother's best friend and soulmate for over 60 years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Kenny.
Rayna Katekaru Liekweg
Kirkland, WA

[Posted on March 14, 2006 at 5:17 pm HST]
Dear Senator, While I never met your beloved personally, I often heard you talk about her when I served as legislative researcher at PACOM and regularly escorted you to the headquarters. The inspiration Maggie provided you will live forever. I will keep you and your son in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, LCDR and Mrs. Sean Kelly, USN
Katherine Kelly
Colorado Springs, CO

[Posted on March 14, 2006 at 4:39 pm HST]
My condolences to all the Inouye Family. I never had the pleasure of meeting or knowing you personally, but my long time friends Yoishi Tamuara(Hilda) and Yasunor Deguchi(Helen-deceased) Big Island, who served with you in the 442nd, I know and respect also. My wife of 42 years also passed away with cancer in 1993. She was like your Maggie, never let on to anyone she was even sick. Respectfully, Richard Alden Mc Afee
Richard Alden Mc Afee
Kealakekua

[Posted on March 14, 2006 at 1:12 pm HST]
My deepest condolescenses to you & your son. You are all special people of Hawaii.
Kay Riggleman
Makakilo, Hawaii

[Posted on March 14, 2006 at 1:08 pm HST]
Dear Senator Inouye: I'm certain you'd never remember me, but I was a Coast Guard Captain and rode up or down the elevator many times with you in the PJKK Federal Building during my years there from 1986 through 1990. You were always so gracious, polite, and friendly, a real person, so much different than many others in high office. I appreciated you then and as Iíve learned more about you, your family, and your life experience, Iíve grown to appreciate you so much more. The loss of your dear Maggie will be overwhelming, but I know you will be comforted by remembering the good times. Youíve had many. God bless you.
Captain Walter Bodner, USCG (Ret)
Memphis, TN

[Posted on March 14, 2006 at 11:03 am HST]
Honorable Daniel Inouye: Sir, may I add my condolences to the thousands who share in your loss of your beloved wife of many years. Throughout my 28 years of military service, I have tried to emulate your performance during your days in WWII. I have never been able to express my gratitude for your accomplishments in person. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the innumerable services and benefits you have accomplished for the people of Hawaii and especially for the nikkei people. I know from the articles in the news that your wife supported you through those years. Please accept my sincere condolences upon your great loss. Okuyami mooshiagemasu.
Kazuto Tomoyasu, Ltcol, USAF, ret
Aiea, HI 96701

[Posted on March 14, 2006 at 10:45 am HST]
Dear Sen.Inouye and Son Ken, I am so very sorry for your loss. I never had the pleasure of personally knowing her but I do know that she was all for the people of Hawai'i. May God give you and your family peace, and inner strenght to go on now. Deepest Condolences. Mel Correia
Mel Correia
Honolulu,Hawai'i

[Posted on March 14, 2006 at 10:35 am HST]
Dear Senator Inouye. We are truly saddened to hear of Mrs. Inouye's passing. She was a remarkable woman and an inspiration to us all. Your life together is a tribute to the best of what man can be. Thank you. You are in our hearts and thoughts.
Roxanne Yamashita
Maryland

[Posted on March 14, 2006 at 10:02 am HST]
Dear Sen. Inouye and son, Ken: I am sorry to learn of the passing of your wife and mother. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you both. Glenn and Vida Mossman
Vida N. Mossman
Kekaha, HI

[Posted on March 14, 2006 at 10:02 am HST]
Dear Sen. Inouye and son, Ken: I am sorry to learn of the passing of your wife and mother. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you both. Glenn and Vida Mossman
Vida N. Mossman
Kekaha, HI

[Posted on March 14, 2006 at 9:20 am HST]
The adage, "behind every great man is a great woman", clearly applies here. Our deepest condolences to the Senator and extended family. Thank you Mrs. Inouye for your service to Hawaii, the United States and the World.
Paul and Lynda Yonamine
Tokyo, Japan

[Posted on March 14, 2006 at 9:15 am HST]
Dear Senator Daniel Inouye, My deepest sympathies to you, Senator, and to your family for the loss of your partner in life. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting your wife, I know the kind of person she was. I am sure she will be missed by all who have had contact with her. I wish to express my sincerest respect for you and my wish for the best of luck and health in the future. Although only a resident of Hawaii for the past 15 years, I can say I appreciate all you have done for the people and all that your wife did for you to enable you to give so much to Hawaii. God bless. Sincerely, Anthony Baideme
Anthony Baideme
Aiea, Hawaii

[Posted on March 14, 2006 at 9:12 am HST]
My family wishes to convey to the Inouye family our deep respect and constant affection at this time. Margaret Inouye was a great inspiration to many island kids, both as the supporting helpmate of an American who has helped shape this country and as an island girl and Roosevelt HS graduate who went very far, indeed. Landy
Buddy Chapman
Berkeley

[Posted on March 14, 2006 at 9:10 am HST]
My condolences to the Senator and his family. The first time I saw Mrs. Inouye I thought, wow, what a beautiful lady. The stories I hear about her and the Senator and what I\'ve read it seems like they were a lovely couple, I\'m sure she\'ll be truely missed by everyone especially in the State of Hawaii. Best Wishes to the Inouye Family.
Raelyn Brett
Makakilo

[Posted on March 14, 2006 at 8:58 am HST]
Praise the Lord! I always likened you to Japan's Princess Michiko - very charming and sophisticated!
A
Honolulu

[Posted on March 14, 2006 at 8:46 am HST]
My deepest sympathies and warmest aloha to Senator Dan and his family. Mrs. Inouye helped me make a very important decision that changed my life. While I'm sure she would only say it was her job to give advice to a young student back in 1957, I will never forget what she said. We have truly lost a wonderful treasure because she always cared. Aloha Mrs. Inouye.
Randolph B. Ko
Hawaii Kai

[Posted on March 14, 2006 at 7:35 am HST]
We at Friends Committee on National Legislation are saddened to hear of Senator Inouye's loss. As Quakers, we will hold the family "in the light."
Patricia Powers
Maryland

[Posted on March 14, 2006 at 7:34 am HST]
Dear Senator, Our sincerest condolences to you and your family for the lost of Maggie. I am sure your longevity together has been an insiration for many Sansei and the people of Hawaii. Her "Ambassadorship" to our nations' capital is appreciated. May hers/your legacy endure. Arigato / Aloha
Raymond & Nathalie Kodama
Aiea

[Posted on March 14, 2006 at 7:30 am HST]
Anne and I extend our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your dear wife. She was herself an excellent representative of Hawaii. Aloha pumehana.
Anne and Sam King
Mott-Smith Laniloa

[Posted on March 14, 2006 at 7:29 am HST]
It is with deepest sorrow that we heard of Maggie's passing. Like my mother, Kimiko Kawasaki Goto was for my father, she was always there behind the scenes for you. She served her state and country well by being such an inspirational lady to everyone. Although it is difficult at a time like this, think of the wonderful memories you shared with her. God's blessing to you and your family.
Melvin and Leora (Goto) Hirose and family
5008 Las Cruces Court San Jose, CA 95118

[Posted on March 14, 2006 at 7:10 am HST]
My husband Jim and I extend our best wishes and Aloha to Senator Inouye, his son, and Maggie's other surviving family. We have lived on the mainland for most of our years, but I am from Maui, and I "grew up" when Senator and Mrs. Inouye became our first State leaders in Washington, D.C. Mahalo for all those years. Her photo is a sparkling one! Geraldine Hamai Cantwell
Geraldine Hamai Cantwell
Fairfax, VA 22032

[Posted on March 14, 2006 at 6:59 am HST]
Mahalo Maggie for helping create the most honorable statesman this country ever produced. Mahalo for your love of Hawaii and representing the State of Hawaii with dignity & integrity. Our prayers and love to Senator Inouye and their son in this time of great loss.
Stephen Young
San Francisco, CA

[Posted on March 14, 2006 at 6:43 am HST]
My deepest, heartfelt condolences to the Inouye Family. Hawaii, the Nation, in fact, has lost a most beautiful, elegant, and inspirational "First Lady". She will be sorely missed.
Marcel Benavides-Ferreira
Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744

[Posted on March 14, 2006 at 6:16 am HST]
I express my sincere condolences to Senator Inouye and his family. As a long time resident of Hawaii and Army WWII veteran (now retired and living in Colorado until I can return to my home state of Hawaii), I also lost my wife due to metastatic cancer in 1987 while living in Aiea, and her remains are in the NMCP (Punchbowl).
Albert L. Martin, PhD
5820 Flintridge Drive, Apt 303, Colorado Springs, CO 80918

[Posted on March 14, 2006 at 6:01 am HST]
Our Prayers are with the Inouye family. She was a very inspirational person and will be in our hearts forever. The Smith & Yamanouchi Family 66-042 Haleiwa Loop Haleiwa, Hawaii 96712
Kathleen L. Smith
Haleiwa

[Posted on March 14, 2006 at 4:36 am HST]
Having been an elected official myself, I certainly know for sure how the companionship of a wife can be. I appreciate the tribute given her by her husband. I know how it feels to lose someone so close to you, as I have lost my wife two years ago. Coming home after a hard day of work is like coming to a safe harbor where there is love, comfort and understanding, and suddenly the cares of the outside world disappears as you feel the security that no one can give you except the one who loves you. My sympathies to the family, and may the blessings of the almighty God be with you. Aloha, Takashi Domingo
Takashi Domingo
Honokaa, Hawaii

[Posted on March 13, 2006 at 5:18 pm HST]
Our prayers and sincere condolences go out to the Inouye family. We will keep you in our prayers
Mack & Karen Funderburg & Family
99-284 Ohenana Loop

[Posted on March 13, 2006 at 5:05 pm HST]
I wish to send my sincere condolences to Senator Inouye and his family. I have always admired Senator Inouye as one of the very best Senators and as a Hero and recipient of the Medal of Honor - I am certain Mrs. Inouye was his staunch supporter and advisor for many blessed years together. As a combat veteran and cancer survivor I salute the Senator and pray he remains in good health to continue his stellar service to Hawaii and the Nation. I pray that Mrs. Inouye will rest peacefully and continue to watch over her ever courageous husband. She will be missed... Warm Aloha and Peace, Denis Muller, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marines (Retired)
LtCol Denis Muller, USMC (Ret.)
Honolulu

[Posted on March 13, 2006 at 4:59 pm HST]
I share your sorrows, my grandmother passed away over Thankgiving from colon cancer. She is no longer suffering, it is hardest on the ones left behind. I am truely sorry to hear the news, Isaac
Isaac Wallace
Kaneohe

[Posted on March 13, 2006 at 3:48 pm HST]
My deepest condolence I send out to Daniel Inouye. I admire Mrs. Inouye for her gracious words. She had always inspired me to never give up and always keep going. I'll miss her percious words of wisdom. She'll be greatly missed. Lorie Munar Honolulu, Hawaii
Lorie Munar
Honolulu

[Posted on March 13, 2006 at 3:44 pm HST]
I know that there is a place of rest in the next life. We often call it a Heaven, but I call it the The kingdom of Eternal Happiness. May you reunite together forever with your Spouse and may you strive to good as she did so that you may be sealed again for time and all eternity. Our condolences to you and your family. Aloha and peace be still.
Kevin Su'a
MIlilani

[Posted on March 13, 2006 at 2:55 pm HST]
It is with deepest condolence that I send this e-mail. Mrs. Inouye has always been gracious with her words and support for the University of Hawaii, in particular, the College of Engineering. We will truly miss her presence and smile.
Song K. Choi
Honolulu, Hawaii