Fumie Nakaguki Bouvier passed away on Friday, August 5, 2022, at her residence. She was a teacher all her life and taught English at Daviess County High School and Japanese in the Governors Scholars program at Center College. She has also led training for the Emergency Medical Technician Program as an Instructor and Instructor-Trainer, and with the Red Cross as a CPR and First Aid Instructor.
She was born in Aomori-ken, Japan, and came to the United States to attend Springfield Junior College in Illinois and then Brescia College in Owensboro. She completed her master’s degree at Western Kentucky University, as well as her rank 1 as a reading specialist. Even after graduation, she never stopped learning, from painting classes in Kentucky to tea ceremonies and ikebana (flower arranging) in Japan. She loved to travel and traveled the world with friends.
She loved all her students; each of you was his favorite. She taught English for decades, even though it wasn’t her first language. And she was thrilled to teach Japanese at GSP, where her students learned more Japanese than her own children ever did.
There are thousands of lives she touched, decades of students, colleagues, neighbors and friends, people we would like to thank but never even met. She made lasting friendships with everyone and brought light and happiness to all who knew her.
She is survived by one son, Jim Bouvier in Nebraska; his daughter, Marie Bouvier, and his son-in-law, Cameron Hunziker; grandchildren, Baz and Mazzy Hunziker in Washington; his mother, Yasu Nakaguki; sister, Yoshie Maeda and family; and his brother, Masakazu Nakaguki and his family in Japan.
Infinite thanks to his caregivers and medical team for all they did when we couldn’t be there; we are grateful to you for being able to stand in our place.
No memorial service is planned at this time, and no flowers or donations are requested. Instead, please call your loved ones and follow their best and most consistent advice: Be kind.
James H. Davis Funeral Home & Crematory is making arrangements.
Online condolences can be made at www.davisfuneralhome.com.