Our beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, friend, and "angel" Aileen Tatsue Shiratori Ikeda passed away at home on December 9th 2018, after a long battle with cancer. Aileen was born on the island of Maui, Hawaii on April 5th, 1940. After high school she moved to Salt Lake City, where she attended and graduated from LDS Business College. It was during this time she became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. While attending the Daiichi branch she caught the eye of Joe N Ikeda while dancing the hula for a fundraiser. They were wed in the Salt Lake Temple on September 16th 1966.
Their family was blessed with four children, making a home in Rose Park. From 1981 to 1984 she accepted the challenge to serve as "Mission Mom" while Joe served as President of the Japan Nagoya mission. Aileen excelled at music, sewing, cooking, and nurturing her children and grandchildren. Her legacy of unfailing kindness and selflessness will remain an inspiration to her posterity. Her delicious meals helped make the Ikeda home a warm and inviting place.
She is preceded in death by her parents Harold and Janet Shiratori, and her oldest son Joseph Noboru Ikeda. She is survived by her sister Faye Shiratori, her husband Joe, daughters Joleen (Nathan) Carter, Janeal (Josh) Fonua, and son Jonathan. She also leaves behind 10 grandchildren, many of whom she helped raise.
Grandma Ikeda embodied the spirit of Aloha. The family wishes to thank Dr. Samuelson and the staff at Utah Cancer Specialists, Quality Hospice, and especially her devoted son Jon for his efforts in caring for her.
Graveside services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 14, 2018, at the Memorial Redwood Cemetery, 6500 South Redwood, Salt Lake City, Utah. A viewing will be held prior to services Friday, December 14, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., as well as Thursday December 13, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah. Interment at Memorial Redwood Cemetery.
My mission mom and good friend thank you for being part of my life. Til we meet again.