May 30, 1937 - February 16, 2022
Phyllis Kimie (Kamaga) Cano was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on May 30, 1937. She grew up in Kaimuki and attended Kuhio Elementary, Washington Intermediate, and Kaimuki High School. With a scholarship to study education, she left the islands and moved to Louisiana College in Baton Rouge. Her dream was to become a teacher. She accepted a teaching job at Sagami American Elementary School in 1961-1962 at Camp Zama military base in Sagamihara, Japan. An adventurer, she was excited to see the country where her parents were from. She met her husband Peter G. Cano, Jr. who was stationed there from Corpus Christi, Texas. They both rode the same bus to work and became friends. Phyllis and Pete moved to Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia where they married in 1963. They had two daughters, Christi, and Vicki. Phyllis was a teacher for over thirty years and retired from Bellaire Elementary school in Killeen, Texas in 1999. Phyllis leaves many family, friends, neighbors, and former students that will remember her as funny, outgoing, generous, and in the words of many, “a wonderful friend”. Her greatest joy was being “Amma” to her only grandchild, David. Happiness to her was staying in touch with close friends from all her school days and many of her students. She had friends from as far back as kindergarten. Several weeks prior to her passing she visited with former students from Sagami (now in their early 60s) who were on vacation in Hawaii, and she was giddy with excitement. She loved having former students visit her, send high school and college graduation invitations, marriage announcements, and Christmas cards. She loved reading, riding the Honolulu bus, volunteering at the Killeen Humane Society, having lunch with friends, traveling with the Bob Gilmore Senior Center in Killeen, and going to Disneyland with her family. Phyllis was in the hospital for an outpatient angioplasty in her leg which was successful. She planned to go home that day and write her annual February Christmas newsletter telling everyone of her surgery and how much better she was able to walk. While getting ready to leave the hospital and go home, complications from swelling (compartment syndrome, a rare condition) and years-long heart and kidney issues set in. After three weeks, her body was unable to recover from the complications. The night prior, she said that she was ready to join her husband. She was welcomed to heaven by her parents Suekichi and Kuma Kamaga, husband Peter, sisters Betty Kamaga and Yaeko Matsuoka, brother Herbert Kamaga, and her dogs Smiley, Kalani, and Miss Kanani (who spent time in her classroom and had her own school photo). At her request, there will not be a funeral service. She wanted people to enjoy time with her while she was alive and privately celebrate her life upon her passing. Please, NO FLOWERS or gifts. That was her request and there is not a location to receive items. Instead, what she wanted was for people to treat themselves either alone or as a group to celebrate her life and share good memories. Sympathy cards may be sent to: Vicki Cano-Braman, P.O. Box 1227, Koloa, HI 96756 Thank you to everyone who has shared their condolences and good memories with her family. She didn’t want anyone to be sad and instead wanted people to celebrate her long and well lived life.
Phyllis Kimie (Kamaga) Cano was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on May 30, 1937. She grew up in Kaimuki and attended Kuhio Elementary, Washington Intermediate, and Kaimuki High School. With a scholarship to study education, she left the islands and... View Obituary & Service Information
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