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BOSTON, MA - The world lost a great one on February 15, 2018. Our favorite valentine, Barbara Ellen Bell Sakurai, headed to heaven at 10:10 a.m. Barbara grew up in Lawrence, Mass. Both a citizen of the U.S. and Ireland, she attended Saint Mary's High school where she found and kept her deep love of God. Friends spoke of her unquenchable energy and being the life of the party; her modus operandi throughout her life. After completing Federal Court Reporter College in Washington D.C., she headed to Tokyo as a reporter for the Mainichi Shimbun. Returning to hometown Boston, she became a leading court reporter. Her wizardry on the stenotype saw her finish her career working alongside her pal, the honorable Federal Judge Joseph Tauro. Barbara loved her family passionately, juggling work while raising five children. With nine grandchildren, some say she kept Hallmark in business with the amount of cards she sent. Fluent in French, Japanese, and Spanish, it was common to see her with pen in hand, conjugating verbs. All year long she would cheer on her Boston sports teams, be it in the stands, by the TV, or tuning in to a ballgame on the radio. She knew the score better than most. In later years, she took to writing, finishing a poignant and funny play, with another in the works. Her love of dancing was infectious; often the pied piper to the dance floor. She is survived by her children and their spouses, Ken Sakurai, Dave and Silvana Sakurai, Deanna DeSedas, Jolie and Scotty Bastable, and Carlos DeSedas. Grandchildren, Tayla, Zach, Dylan, Xie, Brandon, and Kyle Sakurai, Sequiera Frazer, Maddy and Michelle Bastable. Her yearbook quote sums it up well. "May happiness be your life's star."
Published on February 25, 2018
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