Toyoko Higashiyama Gainey, 82, of Friendswood, passed away on December 3, 2017. Toyoko was born on October 10, 1935 and grew up in Miyoshi, Hiroshima, Japan. She met her husband, James, when he was working for the UNIVAC Corporation in Japan. His job also took him to Stuttgart, Germany where their son Michael was born in 1969. In the early 70s, they settled in Friendswood, TX where they lived ever since. Toyoko was a wonderful housewife and a mother. The focus of her life was taking care of her family. Like many mothers, she drove her son to school every day and also to band practice. When he went to college, she got a job as a babysitter so he would have money for gas and lunch. Some of her favorite hobbies were sewing and gardening. She also enjoyed bowling and was a good bowler.
She attended church at Friendswood Methodist Church for many years. When she turned 65, she started participating in a seniors aerobics class at the local YMCA. She had many Japanese friends in the Houston area and liked to visit them and talk on the phone for hours at a time. In her later years, she spent time watching her favorite Japanese satellite TV station and DVD’s that were sent from Japan. Food was always important to her and she retained a preference for Japanese food her whole life.
She is survived by her husband, James Lewis Gainey; her son, Michael Andrew Gainey; her daughter, Katie Carpenter; a younger brother and older sister in Japan.
Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation from 1:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. on Friday, December 15, 2017 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200.
Condolences may be sent to the Gainey family in care of Jeter Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.