September 30, 1934 ~ March 26, 2022

Born in: Tokyo, Japan
Resided in: Arden, NC

Yasuko Moriya Sato, 87, passed away on March 26, 2022 at Elderberry Health Care in Marshall, NC. Her daughter was with her.

She was born in Tokyo, Japan, the daughter of Kazuo and Misao Moriya. She was one of seven children. Her surviving siblings are Akiko Asano and Keiko Mitsuya in Japan.

She was a long time resident of New York City, NY until she moved to Arden, NC in 2007. In New York City, she was a fashion designer who worked exclusively in knitwear. Some of her designs were featured in Good Housekeeping and GQ Magazines.

She is survived by her daughter, Gloria Greene, her son-in-law, Mark Greene, her grandsons, Dylan and Tomo Haske, and her step grandchildren, David and Virginia Greene.

Yasuko will be greatly missed by her family, friends and neighbors. She enjoyed gardening and cooking. Yasuko’s spirited personality will be missed by all.

Arrangements were provided by Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian in Arden, NC


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. Mrs. Sato may have been a small lady but she had a larger than life personality. I remember her as a vivacious and stylish lady with so much energy. She ran a successful knitwear business with many loyal clientele from Japan. Her talent and business acumen amazed me as a single woman in NY. She will be greatly missed!

  2. Yasuko was a good neighbor and friend – being the same age we enjoyed shopping and eating lunch together many times over the years. I will miss her but will treasure the memories we shared.

  3. Being Yasuko’s neighbor was never a dull moment! She was a very giving person and I so enjoyed watching her and my mom spend time together as I was their transportation. I learned a lot about Japanese culture, art and cuisine and my favorite quote from her that I still use is “Japanese — much BETTER!” She loved her heritage but I also got to take her to get her US citizenship because after living here in America so long – this was her home! I always enjoyed seeing her new knit designs and watch her send her creations to clients in Japan and will always treasure the beautiful designer sweater she made for me and the chic hat! She will be missed.

  4. Yasuko was a role model for young women as she dominated her field with her beautiful and amazing work. I am thankful to have known and experienced her for over ten years, and I celebrate her life and send peace and blessings to her family.


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