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Chieko N. Okazaki

Born: Oct 21, 1926

Death: Aug 1, 2011

Birthplace: Hawaii

Nationality: United States

Chieko N. Okazaki

Date of Birth : Oct 21, 1926
Date of Death : Aug 1, 2011
Birth Place : Hawaii

Chieko Nishimura Okazaki was first counselor to Elaine L. Jack in the Relief Society general presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1990 to 1997. She was the first non-Caucasian woman to serve as a general presidency member of an LDS Church auxiliary organization. Okazaki was born and raised in Hawaii as a Buddhist, the daughter of Hawaii-born parents of Japanese descent. At the age of fifteen she converted to the LDS Church. She later married Edward Y. Okazaki and they had two sons. Professionally she was an educator and taught in Hawaii, Utah, and Colorado, and was also an elementary school principal. Edward Okazaki served in the United States Army during World War II. In 1961 Okazaki was appointed to the YWMIA board in the LDS Church and was the first non-Caucasian to serve in this position. From 1968 to 1971 she served with her husband as he served as the first president of the church's Japan–Okinawa Mission and then the Japan Central Mission, based in Kobe, after the Japan–Okinawa Mission was split. In 1990, Okazaki was called to be the first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency.

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  • Chieko Okazaki
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