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Mary Kathryn (Harris) Iguchi

December 17, 1952

Mary Iguchi Obituary

Blessed with the gift of life, under the wide and starry sky of her birthplace San Antonio, TX, Mary Kathryn Iguchi began her journey on December 17, 1952, being the fifth child of eight. It was a journey of grace and humility that would span seven decades, until February 17, 2024, when she departed to be with the Lord, battling Pancreatic Cancer, in her quiet home surrounded by family in Radcliff, KY, at the age of 71. Mary has traded her Cowboy’s jersey for angel wings, while Mary has joined the heavenly; she leaves behind a legacy of joy and the echo of her laughter in the hearts of those who loved her. We are not sad because she passed on, we are sad because we’ll miss her.

Mary is preceded in death by, her daughter Mary E. Hellums, granddaughter, MaryBeth S. Hellums and son William C. Ruks, her parents Dillard A. Harris Jr. and Mary A. Harris, her brother Alvin R. Harris, and sisters Patricia A Reed and Loretta J. James. Mary is survived by her heart and soul mate, a sanctuary of love, her beloved husband Victor T. Iguchi, her daughters Michelle M. Torres & husband Luis, Amy E. Brancio, and Noemi E. Ruks Iguchi, sons Michael T. Iguchi and Brian C. Iguchi, brothers Robert Harris and Michael Harris, sisters Barbara Richmond and Monica Harris. Mary has 18 grandchildren and soon to be 22 great grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews. Her best friend Gladys Upton of 54 years plus along with numerous friends she made along the way included Karen Stough aka 007 and too many more to list.

Mary attended school in San Antonio, TX at St. James Catholic School and  Luther Burbank High School and graduated in 1971. Soon after she started her family with first husband, Kenneth R. Ruks and had four children. Life took its twist and turns and in 1980, Mary found her soul mate and best friend Victor. Three months after meeting they were married in San Antonio, TX and just recently had celebrated their 43rd anniversary in November. Mary was a world traveler and got to see many new places while she traveled as a military wife, tragically in 1991, Mary lost her oldest daughter and first granddaughter in a car accident, in 1996, Mary’s mother also fought her own battle with pancreatic cancer and succumbed in 1997.  In 2022, Mary lost her son to suicide. Mary worked in the banking industry for some time and then worked as Data Entry Supervisor at a corporate office for a local hardware chain store in Seattle, WA. But her greatest and most rewarding job was being a wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

There is a poem called The Dash by Linda Ellis that says: Your life is made of two dates and a dash. Make the most of the dash. For that dash represents all the time that they spent life on Earth. And now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth. For it matters not how much we own, the cars, the house, the cash. What matters is how we live and love, and how we spend our dash.

A spirited soul, Mary was the embodiment of laughter and generosity. As steadfast and spirited as the Dallas Cowboys she so much followed, she navigated the game of life with humor as her playbook and kindness as her goal. In the garden of her life, love bloomed in many ways, with each family member a cherished flower. Her legacy is one of love and laughter, leaving behind a constellation of memories in those who survive her and joining the stars in the Heavens who have preceded her.

A visitation vigil to offer prayers and honor Mary’s memory will be held as the twilight deepens on Friday, February 23, 2024 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM for friends at Chism Funeral Home. Her life’s verse will be recited one final time at Valley View Baptist Church on Monday, February 26, 2024 with visiting at 10:00 AM and services at 11:00 AM. A procession will follow bearing her to the KY Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish to honor Mary’s memory may direct their offerings to the Valley View Baptist Church, the American Cancer Society or any charity of your choosing. In keeping with Mary’s love for the Dallas Cowboys, her request was to have all attendees wear Cowboy colors, blue and white, or wear any sports jersey of your choosing. So please wear your favorite team’s jersey

Mary’s essence, like the echoes of a poem long recited, will resonate in the lives she has touched. She will be dearly missed by family, friends and all who knew her.

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Services

Visitation
Friday
February 23, 2024

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Chism Family Funeral Home
769 Highland Ave
Vine Grove, KY 40175

Visitation
Monday
February 26, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Chism Family Funeral Home
769 Highland Ave
Vine Grove, KY 40175

Funeral Service
Monday
February 26, 2024

11:00 AM
Valley View Baptist Church
501 Valley View Drive
Vine Grove, KY 40175

Graveside Service
Monday
February 26, 2024

12:30 PM
Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central
2501 North Dixie Boulevard
Radcliff, KY 40160

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