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Yoshiko “Rusty” Tamanaha Wardlow

March 3, 1934 ~ January 9, 2021 (age 86)

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“Rusty” Yoshiko Tamanaha Wardlow passed away on January 9, 2021 in Lynchburg Virginia. She was born March 3, 1934, in Wahiawa, Hawaii, to the late Kamato and Makato Tamanaha.

She graduated from the St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing, Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1955 and spent over 40 years compassionately providing care for others. She was always willing to help someone in need.

Her greatest joys were spending time with her family (grandchildren, children, neighbors), attending church, sewing, cooking, dancing the hula, gardening, fishing, clamming, bingo, Yahtzee, cards, and cutting grass on her riding lawnmower.

She is survived by her son Lester Wardlow and wife Patricia Wardlow; son Robert Wardlow and wife Colleen Wardlow; grandchildren Christine Graf, Aaron and wife Emma Wardlow, Sarah Wardlow, Justin Wardlow; and brother Shigemasa Tamanaha.

She was preceded in death by husband Marvin R. Wardlow; siblings Hiroshi Tamanaha, Misao Tamanaha, Larry Shigeru Tamanaha, Shigemori Tamanaha, Yoshino Wakukawa, and Oshige Taira.  

In lieu of flowers and gifts, please make any charitable donations to your local hospice or nursing scholarship fund.

A memorial service will be held at a later date to be announced.  Interment will be at the New Bern National Cemetery. 

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Arrangements by Noe-Brooks Funeral Home, Morehead City, NC.


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