Tamiko “Tami” Uemura Baka, 75, of Wilmington, NC died from complications after a long battle with cancer on Thursday, April 14, 2022, at the Lower Cape Fear LifeCare in Wilmington, NC.
Tami was born in Okuma, Kunigami, Okinawa on January 18, 1947, to the late Joji Uemura and Katsuko Kobashigawa Uemura. Also preceding her in death were her brother Sho Uemura and a sister Rumiko Uemura.
Tami met George within 24 hours of his arrival in February 1970 at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. They were able to marry on March 18, 1972, leading to the next 50 years together in Okinawa, Virginia, California, and eventually Wilmington, NC.
Tami was a member of both the Jacksonville Okinawa Kenjin Kai and the Fayetteville Okinawa Kenjin Kai. Her passion for Okinawa Dance was evident as the Master Instructor-Dance for the Miyagi Ryu Nosho Kai Okinawa Dance and Music School.
Surviving are her husband George Baka; sister Kumiko U. Toma and husband Tsuguhiro; nephews Tsuguyuki Toma and Ryo Toma; and a niece Saori Oda.
A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at Wilmington Funeral Chapel. Father John McGee will officiate the service.
The family suggest memorials contributions be directed to a charity of your choice in memory of Tami.
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