Janice Ono (Yenokida), 64, passed away quietly on May 7, 2019 after a long battle with cancer. Janice was born in Sacramento and grew up in Galt. Growing up on the Yenokida family farm, Janice helped her family during the summers by preparing lunches for the family working in the field, irrigating corn, harvesting tomatoes and working at the tomato cannery. She graduated from Galt High School in 1973 and later graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.A. in sociology. It was at Berkeley where she met her husband Keith. Together they raised their family, son Damon and daughter Stacy.
After college, Janice became a police officer in Hercules, Calif., until the family moved to Anchorage, Alaska where Damon and Stacy were born. In 1985, the family moved to the Seattle area. When Damon and Stacy started attending school, Janice reentered the workforce, first as a volunteer for the Federal Way School District, then permanently working for the district for 20 years. She loved the people she worked with and the kids she came in daily contact with. Music was her love, and for 12 years she was a musician with the Highline Community Symphonic Band, playing the flute and piccolo.
Surviving Janice are her husband Keith; children Damon Ono (Delaney Toups), Stacy Avara (Justin); grandsons Donovan, Kieran and Liam Avara; sister Sue Ann (Kerry) Kashiwagi, brothers Gordon (Michou) Yenokida, Brian (Sachiko) Yenokida and Lloyd Yenokida; many nephews, great nephews and great nieces. Preceding Janice in death were her parents, Menoru and Michiye Yenokida. She will be dearly missed.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Illahee Middle School at 36001 1st Avenue South, Federal Way, Wash., on June 8 from 1-4 p.m. In lieu of flowers or koden, donations may be made in Janice’s memory to the Highline Community Symphonic Band (by check) and mailed to P.O. Box 66731, Burien, WA 98166, or www.thegoodtimesproject.org. All donations are tax deductible.