Kiyoko Macnew, wife, mother and grandmother, passed away at the age of 82 on June 7, 2021.
Kiyoko, known as Kay to many, and Kikko to her loving husband, was born on September 6,
1938 in Tokyo, Japan. She was the eldest of four children born to Hadashi and Shizuko Ishii.
Kay studied law at Keio University and went on to study graduate law at the University of
Tübingen, Germany, where she met her future husband Ernest (Bud) Macnew, who was
studying linguistics on a Fulbright scholarship. Kay and Bud moved back to the United States in
1969 to Philadelphia where they began their family. Kay and Bud relocated to Maryland in 1978,
where they spent the next 40 years years raising their two beautiful children.
In her 60’s, after a long career in accounting, Kay decided to pursue her passion for real estate,
and obtained her real estate license. She practiced real estate for 20 years, and became a
leading agent in the Hartford County area. She was meticulous about her clients needs and
cared for them like her family.
Kay had a smile that would light up a room, and a voice that could soothe a baby to sleep in an
instant. Her family was always her highest priority, as she bounced from California to London to
be with her grandchildren over the last several years.
Kay loved her community as well, and found comfort in her church, Mountain Christian Church,
back in Maryland.
Kay is survived by her husband Bud Macnew, son and daughter-in-law Sean and Lisa Macnew
and daughter and son-in-law Suzanne Macnew and Lalit Das, and grandchildren Kai Das, Miya
Macnew and Ronan Macnew and siblings Akitsu, Namiko and Kei.
A celebration of life will be held on Sunday June 13th from 4 – 5pm at La Paloma Funeral Home
in Reno. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Heart Association