Masae (Kinjo) Hodges, 73, of Gardner, died Tuesday, May 5, 2020, in UMass Memorial HealthAlliance Hospital, Leominster, after an illness.
Born in Japan on January 2, 1947, she was the daughter of the late Masahiro and Toshi Kinjo. She was a graduate of Naha High School in Japan with the Class of 1965.
Masae was a devoted Buddhist and practiced Nichiren ShÅshÅ«, where she found peace and tranquility in her practice. She enjoyed painting and was a remarkable artist. She also enjoyed watching the television and listening to music. She was a homemaker who loved and cherished time spent with her family.
Masae is survived by her husband of 46-years, James "Jim" Hodges of Gardner; a daughter, Suzanna Smith and her husband Tom of Manchester, NH; a son John Hodges and his wife Jaime of Baldwinville; two grandchildren, Kailyn and Zachary Hodges; a brother Mabo Kinjo of Japan; a sister, Toki Matsumoto of Japan; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was predeceased by a sister Tomo Debalsi and two brothers.
Funeral Services and a celebration of life are to be announced and held at a later date.
Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Judes Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or on their website at (www.stjude.org/donate). Please reference in memory of Masae Hodges.