February 1, 1953 - September 24, 2020

Naoko Hillier, beloved wife of Gary Hillier and mother of Kanariya Hillier, ascended to the spiritual world around 9:00 AM on September 24, 2020.

Naoko was born on February 1, 1953, in a very small town in Japan, called Nanyo, in Yamagata prefecture, about 100 miles north of Tokyo. Naoko is the second child of her late father Keiiji Takahashi and mother Matsuno Arashida Takahashi. She grew up on a farm in the countryside with her older brother Kazumasa, and younger brother Syoji. Her family grew many delicious fruits and vegetables on their farm, including grapes, Japanese cherries, asparagus, and rice.

During her public school years, she joined the ham radio club, which was an early sign of her eager curiosity concerning tech gadgets that give people joy. She was always very detail attentive and had a special eye to see and figure out the way things worked. Later, she attended technical school and after graduating, she became a Medical Inspector (phlebotomist). Naoko joined the Unification movement in Japan on December 2, 1975, after meeting her spiritual father. She spent her years in the Japanese church fundraising and witnessing. On October 14, 1982, she was matched and Blessed with Gary Hillier in the 6,000 couples Blessing. Then, in December of 1986, Naoko came to New York City to join Gary.

Naoko tried for many years to have children before Kanariya was born in 1994 as a gift from God. Naoko’s most fervent wish was to be a mother so being Kanariya’s mother brought her great joy and gratitude.

Naoko always loved True Parents and was a faithful Kodan member. A main reason why she joined the church was that they taught people how to be happy. And she had the natural ability to make people happy no matter how she felt herself. She brought happiness to people working as a waitress in Japanese restaurants, a home-health aide, a Japanese store cashier, and a child care worker for a family with two children whom she loved like her own grandchildren.

After a long battle with cancer, Naoko has ascended to the world of God’s love. Her family and friends will miss her but are grateful that her suffering has ended and that her amazing journey of eternal love has begun!