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Hatsuko Donaldson

March 29, 1929 — April 15, 2020

Mom, Grandma, and Great-Grandma Hatsuko Nishioka Donaldson also known as Nishi, Shorty, and Momma-son, was born on March 29, 1929 in Fukuoka Ken, Japan to Suzuko Nishioka.  As an adolescent, she worked in the coal mines during World War II and survived the bombing on the island of Kyushu in 1945.  Ten years later, she met Paul Joseph Donaldson, Jr. and they married shortly after on May 18, 1956 in Tokyo, Japan.  They moved to Baltimore, Maryland in 1958, where she became a citizen of the United States.  Paul's military duties took them to Paris, France where Raymond and Richard, their first two sons were born in 1960 and 1963, respectfully.  They moved to the States in 1965 and David was born in 1967.

Hatsuko was known as one of the most resilient, proud, and most importantly...loved individual by all.  She was a cancer survivor, WW II survivor, and pneumonia survivor.  At 90 years young, she made certain her nails were manicured, hair perfectly styled, and was never seen without her trademark high heels...which made her almost 5' tall.  She loved cooking (especially feeding the entire family and all their and her friends), shopping, dining, Tom Jones, fishing, sumo wrestling (watching of course) and the "Price Is Right" game show.  For her 86th birthday, she actually selected going to Hollywood to attend the "Price Is Right" instead of a trip back to Japan.

Hatsuko is survived by her three sons, Raymond Nishioka Donaldson, Richard Nishioka Donaldson, and David Leyson as well as Mary Donaldson (spouse of Raymond), Parie Donaldson (spouse of Richard), seven grandchildren, Darbi Rae Donaldson and fiancé Matt Thomas, Nishi McAfee and spouse Patrick McAfee, Synclair Downey and spouse Jordan Downey, Samuel Cluck, Madeline Cluck, Max Villyard, Molly Villyard ------ and five great grandchildren, Laikyn McAfee, Maverick McAfee, Wilder McAfee, Witten Downey, and Luna Downey.

She's lived at the same residence since 1965 and has always looked forward to reuniting with her love Paul.  We will miss her wonderful smile, words of wisdom, and her beautiful aura.

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