Nobuko Machida Howard



Hubert, NC – Nobuko Machida Howard, 82, died Friday, May 11, 2018, surrounded by her family at her home. Nobuko came to the United States in 1964 and lived in Jacksonville raising her 3 children, later she and her husband would move to Hubert. Nobuko was a member of the Jacksonville Japanese ministry, Midville Baptist Church till it closed, she would later become a member of Emmanuel Free Will Baptist Church.

Nobuko was the only survivor of the atomic bomb from Nagasaki Japan living on the East Coast. Nobuko lived a good life that was filled with many obstacles that she would conquer. She was a very strong, loving, caring and kind woman. She loved to help others and never met a stranger.

In 2010, part of her story was published in a book with others called Japanese War Brides.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie L. Howard, parents Fukujiro & Etsu Machinda, brothers, Koichiro Machida, Takeo Machida, and sisters, Hisako, Akiko, Kimiko and Sumiko.

Survivors include her son, Jerry J. “JJ” Howard; daughters, Mae Lynn Morton (Frankie) and Brenda Laskowski (Mark) all of Jacksonville; 8 grandchildren, April Taylor (Matthew), Gregory Mather, Kathryn Jenkins (Taylor), Kyle Whitmore, Tyler Howard, Tori Howard, Samantha Morton, Alexis Laskowski; 5 great-grandchildren, Brayden Tepe, Laci Taylor, Miya Whitmore, Elias Jenkins, Grayson Smith; and brothers, Masaichi Machida and Kiyoski Machida, both from Nagasaki, Japan and as she was known “my girl”, Kimberly Mitchell Shoemaker.

Funeral services will be 10:30 am Wednesday at Emmanuel FWB Church Fellowship Hall. Burial will follow in Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6 pm until 8 pm at Jones Funeral Home, Jacksonville.