Charlotte Kamiya Memorial Scholarship fundraiser set

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Charlotte Kamiya

Charlotte Kamiya Memorial Scholarship fundraiser set

On Dec. 5, 1982 Charlotte Hana Kamiya entered our world and brought with her a “sunshine” personality that would last until her untimely death Oct. 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 BA in Psychology from LSU on a full-tuition four year 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 Scholarship.

Following internships with Cancer Services and Capital Area Human Services District school based services, Charlotte’s career as a social worker began in 2010 with Spectrum Rehab Services of Denham Springs. LA. 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 OLOL on September 20, 2010 and remained there until her passing. Through the autopsy report we know Charlotte suffered from interstitial pulmonary fibrosis. It was rapidly progressing and her lungs lost elasticity and covered with a scar tissue that prevented the absorption of oxygen. All attempts to find causes were inconclusive.

The Charlotte Kamiya Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser will be a jambalaya plate lunch Friday, Feb. 25. The plate lunch is $6 and includes jambalaya, salad and a dessert.


Ticket book/s (20 to a book) will be delivered to the site volunteer.  Call Ruth Hanson at 225-673-8434 or e-mail Lura Kamiya at to provide contact name and arrange for delivery of how many ticket books are needed.

Contact Hanson  or Kamiya to provide a ticket sale count by Feb. 18, and arrangement for tickets to be picked up.  

Lunches will be delivered to the site or if preferred may be picked up from the Gautreau Williams American Legion Post 81 located at 421 E. City Park Street in Gonzales. 

All donations will go towards a scholarship to the LSU School of Social Work in her memory. This will help her family reach their goal to keep “Char’s” dreams ongoing, thus spreading her sunshine and smiles to others through education and future social workers.  Visit the LSU website at  and click on Remembering Charlotte

Thank You -   Family and Friends of Charlotte Hana Kamiya.