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***Updated with some more info***

As many of you know, my dear friend, Jewelyn, passed away on Sunday, September 27th due to an amniotic fluid embolism, just hours after giving birth to her first child, Gabrielle.

Gabrielle is doing well and will be released from the NICU this week.

Jewelyn's husband, Philip, is going to need all the help he can get over the coming months and years.

The good news is we are making progress with more ways to help Jewelyn's family.

1.) I set up a P.O. Box today to accept formula checks (any brand, even checks that are expired!) and diaper coupons (or even gift cards to places like Target!) -- basically anything that can fit in an envelope. Anything not used will be donated to The Liz Logelin Foundation. The address is:

The Jewelyn Okamoto Memorial Fund
P.O. Box 235971
Encinitas, CA 92023-5971

2.) A memorial fund was set up at Arrowhead Credit Union today (thanks, Angelina!), and checks can be made out to The Jewelyn Okamoto Memorial Fund. They can be mailed to:

The Jewelyn Okamoto Memorial Fund
P.O. Box 235971
Encinitas, CA 92023-5971

3.) An address for those who want to send packages (larger than an envelope) has been established. This address can accept shipments from UPS, Fed Ex, etc., unlike the P.O. Box:

Brandi Futrell
c/o The Jewelyn Okamoto Memorial Fund
14928 S. Maple Avenue
Gardena, CA 90248

4.) And for those who would like to contribute via PayPal, that email address is 4jewelyn@gmail.com.

The support we have received for Jewelyn's family has been incredible. I am positive that Philip will be absolutely overwhelmed and appreciative. Here is what he posted on our local message board after hearing about the outpouring of support:

Jewelyn was so loved. I've been receiving messages to look at this board. I have never posted here before but I know Jewelyn was on it religiously. She considered everyone here a part of her family that have gone through so much together. Gabrielle will be in nicu till the end of the week but she looks beautiful. Just like her mommy. I wanted to thank all of you for your prayers and support. The family fund is something I would never have expected anyone to do for us. Before she slipped away I told her how loved she was. I don't think she realized just how much.

Thank you all.

Jewelyn's husband Philip

Thank you so much for all your help and support. If you have any questions or concerns, pease feel free to email me at ladydot42@gmail.com   Please feel free to spread this word as well. Thank you!

*Info C&P from Kim*



Jewelyn Okamoto

"Now she's an Angel Watching over All her Kids.. And I will not cry cause she can hear what i feel in my heart".. The words of my 5yr old son (Aydan Cisneros) after learning he would never see his teacher again...
My name is Noel Lear, I was Jewelyn's room mom at LaFetra Elementary last year. when I received the phone call on Monday about Mrs. Okamoto I couldn't believe what I was hearing. I cant stop thinking about her and all the wonderful things we did together in her class... How lucky I am to have spent all year with her, I am so grateful for our friendship & Our talks, I could talk to her about anything. She always knew just what to say to make me feel better..But most of all I am so Grateful my two boys Devyn (7) and Aydan (5)will never forget the wisdom or the confidence she gave them through her teaching. I can honestly say No one can compare to how amazing she was. I was in awe of her love and her compassion for teaching.... I spent everyday and every moment possible helping in her class.. Sometimes even stayed till 5 or 7pm helping her.. Her unique way of teaching touched me.. We kept in touch over the summer and the last time we saw her, She promised to bring lil Gabrielle to come visit... We hope to someday get that chance.. Everyone at school is so devastated. She was so amazing everyone Loved her.. If anyone has the info about Mrs. Okamoto's services it would mean the world to us to attend.. Please keep us updated if possible.. My e-mail is noelblear@yahoo.com Thank you for all the updates we have found in the many blogs online all of us have been checking them daily..
We Love you Mrs. Okamoto.. You will NEVER be FORGOTTEN... XOXOXOXOXOXO