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Hiroko (Hedy) Jones Gifford


Hiroko Jones Gifford

April 15, 1930 — Oct. 19, 2021 (age 91)

CAMPBELL — Hiroko Gifford, 91, passed away peacefully in her sleep at home Tuesday (Oct. 19).

Private memorial services will be held Saturday (Oct. 23) at the Wasko Funeral Home in Campbell.

Hiroko was born April 15, 1930 in Osaka, Japan, a daughter of Giichi and Masuko (Iwata) Masuda.

She married her first husband, Donald E. Jones Feb. 27, 1952 in Japan. She immigrated to the United States in 1952, settling in North Carolina while her husband continued his military service. While he was stationed overseas, she returned to Japan for four years, and upon his discharge returned to the U.S. and settled in the Youngstown area in 1960.

Hiroko worked as a seamstress for Plakie Toys on Simon Road and at the Gasser Chair Company where she was proud of having perfect work attendance for more than 30 years.

She was also a proud member of the Japanese Woman’s Club.

She volunteered at the International Building at the Canfield Fair.

She enjoyed sewing and was an excellent seamstress. She made clothes for her children and family.

She also loved to crotchet and knit.

Hiroko will always be remembered as a meticulous proper Japanese lady, with a quiet sense of humor.

Hiroko is survived by her children, Dr. Ronald H. (Deborah) Jones (Virginia Beach, Va.), Bruce A. (Cynthia) Jones (Brookfield) and Laura Jones-Dragovich (Campbell); her grandchildren Trish, Jeremy, Melissa, and Lea; her great-grandchildren Kaila, Jay, Antonio, Kaya and Beau; her great-great-grandchild, Mekk; a sister Amiko (Japan); and several nieces and nephews in Japan and in the United States.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Donald E. Jones who passed away Dec. 25, 1985; her second husband, Phillip Gifford; a daughter, Susan Jones who was born Oct. 7, 1964 and passed away in February 1965; a grandson, Bruce Lee Jones; her great-granddaughter, Kayleigh Jones; and her siblings Katayoshi, Mineru and Kyoko.

The family would like to thank her caregivers Maryann, Nicole and Mona Lisa who took such good care of Hiroko the past two years.

The family asks that any memorial contributions be made to Direction Home of Eastern Ohio


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