In Memory of Mari Oyamada(1956 - 2017)

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Name
Mari Oyamada
Spouse
Mamoru Oyamada
Children
Emi
Birth Date
July 26, 1956
Blessing Date
July 1, 1982
Ascension Date
February 28, 2017  
Local Church
UC Columbus
Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Our most beloved sister, Mari Oyamada, of the Columbus Family Church, ascended suddenly to the Spirit World on Tuesday, February 28, after a battle with cancer. Mari has been a very involved member of her church community and active with the Women's Federation for World Peace. She is known for her sparkling and joyful personality, and will be sorely missed by her loving family and many friends. Mari is survived by her husband of 34 years, Mamoru, daughter Emi, brothers John and Jaime, and sisters Bev and Jeanne.

Let us support Mari's family during this important and special time, and offer our prayers for her victorious transition to a glorious new life in the spiritual world.

Following is a biography for Mari and information about her Seonghwa ceremony.

Sincerely,

Dr. Ki Hoon Kim
Continental Director

Dr. Michael Balcomb
President

Mari Oyamada was born July 26, 1956 in Barre, Vermont to Franklin and Elsie DeForge. As the oldest of 5 children, her brothers are John DeForge and Jaime DeForge and sisters are Bev Kinne and Jeanne DeForge. Mari started her schooling  in a one room schoolhouse in Graniteville, VT. She then attended Barre primary schools and graduated Spaulding High School.

She completed a few semesters at the University of Vermont where she decided to join the Unification Church. This is where she met her husband, Mamoru Oyamada; they married on July 1, 1982. 

Mari had one daughter, Emi Oyamada, born on August 30, 1993. The family moved around before settling in Ohio in 1999. She started out as an active part of the church; after which she got a job at the Ohio State University. She was a secretary and bookkeeper for the Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing. A job which she loved. 

She had to leave Ohio State University due to health issues with herself and her daughter. Mari struggled through endometrial cancer and numerous other health issues. On her good days she would help the Women’s Federation for World Peace by doing volunteer work for the community, for women’s rights and enrichment of education. 

In her free time she enjoyed reading, crocheting, swimming, crafting with Emi, car rides, thrift shopping, and has always had a love for science fiction. Her favorites were Star Trek, Samurai Jack, Doctor Who, and Harry Potter

Her favorite author was Sharon Shinn. Despite her medical issues, she was a happy lady who enjoyed making people laugh. Her favorite color was pink, she loved unicorns and anything that sparkled. She attended many conventions including science fiction conventions and then started attending anime conventions with her daughter. She ended up getting George Takei’s autograph at a sci-fi convention in 1992 in Burlington, VT. 

After being in and out of the hospital, she died suddenly on February 28, 2017. 

Seonghwa Ceremony

Time
5:00 PM
Date
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Location
UC Columbus: 4303 Indianola Ave. Columbus, OH 43214

Comments (13)

  • Melanie Taylor

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    Rest In Peace, sweet sister.

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  • Eric Carlson

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    Love and peace to Mari and her family.

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  • Carol Anne Nilson

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    Many Blessings for a peaceful journey to the next stage of life.

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  • John hitchler

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    Many many Blessings to you MARI, thank you for all that did with your life- also sending many Blessings of support from our Father to your family MARI….

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  • Ella

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    God be with you on your eternal journey. Love to all your loved ones.

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  • Ken & Kazuko Tassey

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    Dear Mari, blessed sister, we will miss you so much! God bless you!
    Mamoru and Emi, we love you all and wish you great comfort and healing.

    Our love,

    Ken and Kazuko Tassey, w/ Brian, Michi and Samuel, NH

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  • Sydelle Enyeart

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    Sorry I didn’t get to know you but love to you and all your family.

    IMON, Sydelle V. Enyeart

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  • Nick & Mayumi Kernan

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    Mari and I worked together in the Tucson, AZ church in 1984 visiting ministers during the Religious Freedom rallies. She was always a very loyal and faithful sister who never gave up. We pray for her peaceful ascension to the Heavenly Kingdom and love and peace for her beloved family on Earth.

    Sincerely, Nick and Mayumi Kernan

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  • Kyoko and Antonio Betancourt

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    Dear Mari, thank you for your life work to recover True love for God and Humanity. you are returning to Our Heavenly Parent’s home, your original place with God in the creation.

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  • Carmen Kimura

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    Mari, this is your rebirthday. Have a peaceful transition. God bless your family.

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  • Nelson Loredo

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    Love forever God Is Love forever

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  • Debbie Bruce

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    Dear Mary….God must have a very important mission for you in the Spiritual World…thank you for sharing your wonderful life while on this Earth

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  • Danny Covone

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    Thank-you for hard work here I pray for you and your family

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