Charlotte Kamiya spread sunshine to others throughout her life. Now, those who knew her best are creating a scholarship in her memory.

On December 5, 1982, Charlotte Hana Kamiya entered our world and brought with her a “sunshine” personality that would last until her untimely death October 5, 2010. Charlotte was the daughter of Shingo and Lura Mire Kamiya and the granddaughter of Pershing and Lee Ella Lanoux Mire, all of Gonzales.

Throughout her young adult life, “Char” adopted her 1997 St. Theresa of Avila class motto, “Never let yesterday’s disappointments overshadow tomorrow’s dreams” as her own. For Charlotte the sun would always shine brighter tomorrow.

Upon graduation from St. Michael the Archangel High School in 2001, Char went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from LSU on a full scholarship.

In May 2010, she received her Master of Social Work degree from LSU. During her last year of study she was awarded the Betty J. Stewart Memorial Award. Charlotte received this scholarship based upon her exceptional academic record and her desire to pursue a career in social work practice with children.

Following internships with Cancer Services and Capital Area Human Services District school based services, Charlotte’s career as a social worker began with Spectrum Rehab Services of Denham Springs. It was very evident in looking over pictures, drawings and letters in her possession that Char brought sunshine and smiles to all those under her care.

Charlotte entered the Critical Care ICU at Our Lady of the Lake on September 20, 2010 and remained there until her passing. The autopsy revealed Charlotte suffered from interstitial pulmonary fibrosis, a condition causing scarring of the lung tissue. It progressed rapidly and prevented the absorption of oxygen into her bloodstream. All attempts to find causes were inconclusive.

Her family is seeking your assistance to keep Char’s dream of working with children alive through educating future social workers. Your contributions to a scholarship in the LSU School of Social Work in memory of Charlotte, will help her family reach their goal to spread her sunshine to others.

Make an on-line donation to the Charlotte Kamiya Memorial Scholarship fund.

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