Laurel-Ann Ing Minagawa

Ongoing Tribute Fund

Laurel Minagawa

Laurel-Ann Ing Minagawa, 68, of Aiea, Hawaii, a retired Circuit Court Clerk, passed away on December 16, 2023 at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale, California. She was born on October 3, 1955 in Honolulu. She is survived by husband, Arthur Minagawa; sons, Grant, Kent (Darcy), and Paul Minagawa; grandson Noah Minagawa; and sister, Merrily-Ann Leong (Peter).

Laurel first noticed an unusual pain in her right side a few years before she retired, but didn’t think anything of it because as soon as she felt it, it quickly disappeared.  In March 2022, before a trip to California to see her grandson, she decided to see a doctor about the pain.  She was diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma of the retroperitoneum. In order to be close to the best treatment they could find, Arthur and Laurel moved to Monrovia, California in June 2022, near the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center.  Laurel endured much pain and aggressive chemotherapy treatments to shrink the tumor. Finally in November, the tumor had shrunk by about 40 percent, enough to schedule surgery.  And in January 2023, after delays because of the holiday season, a team of doctors took over 11 hours to successfully remove the tumor.

By May last year, she felt recovered enough for them to return home. But in July, they learned that the cancer had reappeared in her liver.  Before resuming treatments, Laurel and Arthur decided to do one last travel adventure to Montreal, Canada, where she enjoyed pain-free days and saw the city’s beautiful historic sights and parks.  Upon returning, and after three months of ineffective treatments here, they decided to seek alternative treatments in Los Angeles. They left Hawaii during the week of Thanksgiving 2023 and were to return in about a week.

On the mainland, Laurel’s condition suddenly worsened. Doctors stabilized her, but concluded that life-saving treatments were no longer possible. On December 14, she entered hospice at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale, California. Her family was by her bedside in her final days, enjoying precious final hours with her while she was awake and lucid. On December 16, Laurel quietly slipped away from life. She is now in Heaven and no longer suffering.

We shall always miss Laurel. She was a gentle soul — sweet, graceful, soft-spoken, ever generous. She was a precious daughter to her parents, and a sweet, loving sister. Laurel was a devoted wife to Arthur for 41 years. Sons Grant, Kent, and Paul were the center of her life, and she was so very proud of each of them. Her grandson Noah will always be her “cutie,” as she would call him. Daughter-in-law Darcy had a special place in her heart. Laurel’s world was filled with her love of friends and family. Her rich, vibrant works of art, especially her paintings, will long be treasured as tangible symbols of her desire to make this world a beautiful place.

 

Donors

Diane and Joseph Burke
Norine and Robert Leong
Susan Leong
Vicki Gaynor
Tracy Aiwohi
Moana Leong
Lynn Inafuku
Mary Begier