Nobuko Wilburn: March 3, 1933 – Sept. 15, 2019



Nobuko Wilburn, beloved mother and wife, was born on March 3, 1933 in Chiba Ken, Japan and passed away on Sept. 15, 2019, at the age of 86, in Las Vegas, Nev.

Nobuko was married to John M. Wilburn for over 50 years. He preceded her in death.

She loved her Japanese food, gardening and crafts. She was a great supporter of her youngest daughter, Catherine, when she participated with the Special Olympics. She was a strong woman who grew up during the end of World War II and had many stories to tell of her childhood. She lived for over 50 years, in Oak Harbor, Wash., where she was able to grow her vegetables and fruit trees when the weather cooperated. She had a great sense of humor and could make you smile with just a mischievous wink. The world is a sadder place without her in it. She will be missed.

Nobuko was preceded in death by her parents, brother, sister, husband, John, and daughter, Catherine.

She is survived by her family: Kyoko, of Japan; daughters, Margie Zamora, Nancy Kerin (and husband John), of Las Vegas, Nev.; son, Jack Zamora (and wife Diana), of Carrollton, Va.; six grandchildren; seven great-children; and nieces and nephews.

An open house celebration of life was held 1-4 p.m. Oct. 5, 2019 at the home of Margie Zamora in Las Vegas, Nev. Her ashes will be laid to rest noon Oct. 12, 2019 at the Maple Leaf Cemetery, Oak Harbor, Wash., next to her daughter, Catherine. Feel free to join us in remembering Nobuko Wilburn.

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