Linda Mihara, Vicky Mihara Avery, and Jeff Cotter at Paper Tree in San Francisco's Japantown.
Vicky Mihara Avery
died on May 27. Vicky, a noted origami artist, first became involved with
RWF in 2006 with the first World Tree of Hope — RWF's annual holiday peace project. Vicky was instrumental in lending her technical expertise and in gathering a community of people to fold the thousands of origami peace cranes that decorate the tree.
Beyond a doubt, our fondest memories of Vicky are her laugh, her wonderful smile and her cool, yet buoyant personality. We always admired her calming, Zen like nature, too. Simply put, Vicky was a wonderful, smart, caring person and we were honored to have known her.
She is survived by her parents Nobuo and Shizuko Mihara, younger siblings Linda and Roger, husband Matthew Avery, son C.J. Avery. A memorial was held for Vicky on June 29 at the San Francisco Buddhist Church.