Hideko ‘Heidi’ Tuttle

Hideko ‘Heidi’ TuttleAfter enduring a long, hard battle with gastric cancer, Hideko “Heidi” Tuttle left this world peacefully at home, surrounded by her family, to meet her Lord in Heaven on July 23, 2018.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday Aug. 4, 10 a.m. at IWV Church of Christ, 729 N. Norma St., Ridgecrest.

Hideko was born Nov. 29, 1954, in Mito, Japan, to Kiyoshi and Hatsui Koyano. She had a wonderful relationship with her younger brother, Minoru, and considered her mother to be her best friend. Growing up, she enjoyed playing the piano, twirling baton with her school team and spending time with her sweet Pomeranian “Pony.” From her earliest years, Hideko always had an interest in the English language. She was determined to advance in every class available to her and to learn everything she could. She became a foreign exchange student in her college years and attended Oklahoma Christian College. One of the best decisions in her life happened during her stay in Oklahoma: becoming a Christian.

Hideko met her husband, Robert Charles Tuttle, in the college cafeteria. They became pen pals and wrote each other for seven years. Robert enlisted in the Navy, got stationed in Japan and asked Hideko to marry him.

Becoming a Navy wife was the beginning of her life adventure. Hideko moved back and forth from the United States to Japan during her husband’s 20-year military career.

In 1985 their first daughter, Jennifer Yoko, was born, followed by another daughter, Keiko Michell in 1986, and finally their son Steven Paul Yoshito in 1987. Hideko was a near-perfect mother and a wonderful homemaker for many years. She enjoyed sewing, bargain shopping, arts and crafts, and watching improvement shows.

Christmas was her favorite holiday. She loved collecting and making new Christmas ornaments every year. Although she eventually went back to work, she continued to keep an immaculately clean home, cooked yummy Japanese food and loved spending time with family. While she was often quiet, she was resilient and hard-working, had a love for God and family and enjoyed being everyone’s “Mom.” She was an amazing wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend and Christian.

Hideko is survived by her husband Robert of 34 years and her daughters, Jennifer and Michell, and son Steven. She will be deeply missed by the multitude of lives she has touched, but we are happy that she is in Heaven!

— Submitted by the family of Hideko Tuttle

Story First Published: 2018-08-03