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Etsuko Hayata Fowler

Etsuko Hayata Fowler, 87, formerly of Penland Road in Laurens and wife of the late Charles Bruce Fowler, passed away January 28, 2022, at the Presbyterian Home in Clinton. 


Born in Osaka, Japan, she was daughter of the late Tadashi Hayata. Mrs. Fowler worked over the years for 3M, GE and the Martha Franks Retirement Community where she met so many good friends. She loved her grandchildren so very much. Etsuko also loved and appreciated her neighbors and friends in the Laurens community. She is the last surviving member of her immediate family.


She is survived by a daughter, Melody Fowler and her husband David Lederman of Los Angeles, CA; two grandchildren, Charlie Lederman and Jack Lederman; and a niece, Gina Clary of Belton. 


There will be no service at this time, and Mrs. Fowler will be laid to rest next to her husband in the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Laurens. 


The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Presbyterian Home of Clinton for their love and care of Mrs. Fowler. 


Condolences can be expressed to the family at www.thekennedymortuary.com.

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Melody, I am sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I worked with her years ago at Martha Franks. I remember her talking about your wedding and how proud she was of you. She showed us pictures of you and later, of your children. I bumped into her at the farmer's market many times after I had left MFBRC. She was such a spunky and bright lady. I pray for comfort for your heart!

Meredith Gosnell Mar 2 2022 7:32 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Etsuko Fowler

Debbie king Feb 21 2022 8:23 PM

Sending prayers to Melody and family for your loss. Etsuko was such a bright spot in my day at work. She had a beautiful friendly smile that touched my heart so many days. She will be remembered many times for being kind. Rest in peace 🙏 Etsuko.

Kathy S Rogers Feb 20 2022 4:57 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Etsuko Fowler

Kathy S Rogers Feb 20 2022 4:53 PM

As a fellow resident at Presbyterian Home, I admired Etsuko for her grace and beauty. We miss her.

Dr. Laura Ashley Feb 5 2022 5:43 PM

Melody I am so sorry in the passing of your mother. I can remember Etsuko coming into my Fowler side of the family. I knew she was from another country. Being a child I was interested in everything about her and the place she came to America from. My daddy was a cousin to your father Bruce. I will be remembering you and your family in the coming days.

Connie Reece Bryant Feb 5 2022 5:13 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Etsuko Fowler

Joye Jackson Feb 4 2022 9:14 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Etsuko Fowler

Kathy Turner Feb 3 2022 6:31 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Etsuko Fowler

Marion Lynch Feb 2 2022 8:05 PM

I am so sorry to hear of Etsuko's passing. I enjoyed our sweet little chats at Martha Franks. She always had a smile on her face. My prayers and sympathy go to you at this time.

Marion Lynch Feb 2 2022 8:03 PM

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