Alice Sachi Nishitani, 76, passed after a long struggle with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, in a Boise care facility. She was born on April 22, 1941, in Portland, Oregon, to Masao and Yoshie Tanabe. She grew up in Portland and Ontario, Oregon, and lived in Caldwell, Idaho, for most of her adult life.
In July 1965, Alice married Michael E. Nishitani. They had four children together, prior to divorcing in 1979. Alice led a busy life, prioritizing being a dedicated and loving mother to her children, in addition to working at various jobs as a physician’s assistant, florist, and greenhouse assistant. After her children were grown, Alice met Gary Elledge, with whom she had the good fortune of sharing some of the happiest years of her life. They enjoyed spending time together and traveling all over the country, even after her diagnosis.
Alice’s heart and intentions were of the finest quality, and throughout her life, she shared joy with those around her through her kind and loving ways.
Alice is survived by her four children: Cynthia (James) Moseley of Boise; Pamela (Josh) Brent of Lakewood, Colorado; Aimee Nishitani (Keith Feldman) of Boise; and Geoffrey Nishitani of Caldwell; two grandchildren: Eleanor and Jacqueline; two brothers: Brian (June) Tanabe and Calvin (Mayho) Tanabe; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
Alice’s family is grateful for the many years of loving care that she received at Overland Court Assisted Living, and more recently from Keystone Hospice.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 3, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. Condolences may be shared at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Alice’s name to the charity of your choice, or to the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org).