Yaeko Linda Toki Arthur Tanigawa (2018-12-03 16:46:15)

Yaeko Linda Toki Arthur Tanigawa, age 84, of Creatwood Trail, Vilas, passed away Monday morning, December 3, 2018, at her home.

Yaeko was born on a small island in southern Japan. At age nineteen, Yaeko was adopted by John and Marie Arthur of Greenville, SC. Their daughters, Margaret, Connie, and Janice worked tirelessly with the State Department and US Congress to effect the special adoption of Yaeko when immigration quotas were tight. They welcomed their new sister for Christmas 1953.

Yaeko was a devoted wife and mother. She was fiercely loyal to her new country, especially after her naturalization in 1961, and never missed an opportunity to vote. She opened her home, table, and heart to all. She served her Lord with deep gratitude for His faithfulness throughout her life.
Yaeko is survived by her husband, Malcolm Yukio Tanigawa of the Vilas home; one son, David Tanigawa and wife Alyssa of Oxford, North Carolina; one daughter, Susan Saule and husband Eric of Vilas, and two sisters, Connie Goodwin and husband Edward of Taylors, South Carolina, and Janice Burdge of Boone.

Funeral services for Yaeko Linda Toki Arthur Tanigawa will be conducted Thursday morning, December 6, 2018, at 11:00 o'clock, at Alliance Bible Fellowship (Room 303). The body will lie in state, at the church, from 10:00 until 10:45 AM. Officiating will be Pastor Scott Andrews and Elder Ed Goodwin.

The family will receive friends Thursday morning, from 10:00 until 10:45, at the church, prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alliance Bible Fellowship, 1035 Highway 105 Bypass, Boone, North Carolina, 28607.

Online condolences may be sent to the Tanigawa family at

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.