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Fujiko Taba Clanton

August 4, 1933 ~ October 25, 2023 (age 90) 90 Years Old

Fujiko Clanton Obituary

Fujiko Taba Clanton, 90, passed away on Wednesday, October 25, 2023. She was born in Nago, Okinawa, Japan, daughter of the late Kahei Taba and Makato Taba. She is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, David Sylvanas Clanton; her children, Jerry Clanton (Nicole), David Clanton (Robin), and Jimmy Clanton (Debbie); her grandchildren, Courtney Speicher (Jeremy), Kristen Williams (Elliott), Nicole Clanton, Jamie Clanton, and Jimmy Clanton; her great-grandchildren, Piper, Everett, Mason, Lleyton, Taylor, Brayden, Brooklyn, Raiden, Peyton, Isiah, and Carter. She also had seven siblings, Ritsuko, Sentoku, Yoshi, Takako, Kenko, Kazuko, and Katsuko. 

Lovingly called Memaw by her grand and great-grandchildren, she adored her three sons and loved to dote on her family and friends.  At four feet ten inches, she was a small, gentle soul with the righjt amount of feistiness for a woman who survived WWII and the American occupation of Okinawa as a young girl.  She never met a stranger and greeted everyone with a hug.  All who knew her loved her and felt the depths of her kindness.  She lived her life in accordance with this Okinawan proverb:  

Shikinoo chui shiihii shiru kurasuru. - Let's live helping each other in this world.

The family will greet guests from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm on Sunday, October 29, 2023 at Woodlawn Funeral Home of Mount Holly. A graveside service to celebrate the life of Mrs. Clanton will follow visitation, beginning at 2:30 pm on Sunday, October 29, 2023 at Hillcrest Gardens Cemetery in Mount Holly. Woodlawn Funeral Home is caring for the Clanton family. Condolence messages may be sent to the family by visiting

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October 29, 2023

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Woodlawn Funeral Home
375 Woodlawn Avenue | P.O. Box 445
Mount Holly, NC 28120

Graveside Service
October 29, 2023

2:30 PM
Hillcrest Gardens Cemetery
1508 Charles Raper Jonas Hwy
Mount Holly, NC 28120


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