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Yoneka Kajita

  • Birth 5 Jul 1922
  • Death 9 Dec 1951
  • Burial Blue Mountain, Tippah County, Mississippi, USA
  • Memorial ID 8169144

"THE WORLD LOST A FRIEND WHEN NICKY DIED TOO SOON"
In the Blue Mountain Cemetery-formely known as Macedonia Cemetery-is the grave of Yoneko Kajita.
The young Japanese woman graduated from Blue Mountain College in January, 1951. Her life was tragically cut short when she died in a head-on automible crash in Texas.
She was doing graduate work in religious education at Baylor University, and was returning from a religious meeting in Temple,Texas with seven Baylor students when the wreck happened. All the other students were seriously injured. A psychology major, she was best known to her friends as "Nicky". She was on the college roll in her junior year.
She was preparing for religious service in Japan, and had already contracted to serve on the faculty of the Southern Baptist School at Kokura.
At the request of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Yonez Kajita of Fukuoka, Japan, she was buried in Blue Mountain. The burial was in Blue Mountain because of her frequently repeated expression of devotion to the faculty and students of her alma mater.
The two articles which follow detail her life, and more fully explain the touching "story behind the story" of Nicky.
The following is reprinted from Blue Mountain College documents dated shortly after her death.
This is a story of a lovely young girl who has been described as a bit of Christian radiance from Japan. Her friend and teacher, Mrs. Tyler, tells the story for us.
Yoneko Kajita was born of wealthy Japanese parents in Manila, Philippine Islands. Her childhood was delightfully happy. She was one of two beloved daughters in a family of five brothers. Her father provided all they needed or desired and she associated with the most influential citizens of her city. One of her friends was a daughter of the President.
In 1949 she came to the United States for further training at Blue Mountain College in Mississippi. She spent the summer in Westhampton College in Richmond-other than this, her two summers were spent in Virginia W.M.U.Camps and Young People's Rallies. After recieving her A.B. degree at Blue Mountsin in 1951, she entered Baylor University to secure her M.A. in English.
On December 9, 1951 as she was returning from a church where she had spoken on the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, she was killed in an automobile accident. At the memorial service for her on Baylor Campus, an offering was taken for foreign missions, and two lovely wrist watches were found in the bottom of the collection plate. She did what she could in life, and in her death she continued to witness to God's glory and saving power. This is not a completed list of the information that was sent to be entered into a Memorial for "Yoneko "Nicky" Kajita"
This information was taken from "Southern Sentinel, Southern Advocate, Progress 2006." " By Mr. Hank Wiesner"

Gravesite Details {Fukuokia Japan}

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  • Created by: Verlon Yager
  • Added: 9 Dec 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8169144
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Yoneka Kajita (5 Jul 1922–9 Dec 1951), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8169144, citing Blue Mountain Cemetery, Blue Mountain, Tippah County, Mississippi, USA ; Maintained by Verlon Yager (contributor 46590481) .