Brandie Michelle Kajino

December 20, 1973 ~ November 1, 2016

Brandie Michelle (Plante) Kajino, 42, died at home in Vancouver, Washington, November 1, 2016, from pancreatic cancer. She was a loving mother, wife, also known as a professional organizer, early tech adopter and for making real food accessible, she was an Evernote ambassador, writer, podcaster and speaker.
A Rotary youth exchange student, Brandie spoke fluent Japanese and was blessed to marry the love of her life, Hiro Kajino, February 18, 1995. Her greatest joy was being the mother of Tony Kajino, who "brightens my life and teaches me more than I teach him." Whether it was cheering for him at swim meets or for his scholastic and musical accomplishments, she celebrated how hard Tony worked, always encouraging him to do his best.
Brandie used humor and eye-blinding enthusiasm to connect, teach and guide others. Passionately focused and curious, she inspired people to laugh and to change their corners of the world. By simply being herself she Inspired us all to show up, to be present and to be brave.
She loved dirty martinis (extra olives, please), singing gospel, Ina Garten, pears, chocolate cake, cold brew coffee, The West Wing, Mason jars and the Farmer's Market. We loved her homemade scones, her contagious laughter, her sass and her tender heart. We will always admire her commitment to living her truth with intention and strength.
In lieu of attending a memorial service, her husband and beloved son invites you to honor Brandie's memory by participating in a project she and her husband began several years ago: Shine Where You Are, consider volunteering for an hour or performing an act of kindness to bring a smile to someone's face, the way Brandie brightened the lives of those around her. We would share your good deeds and inspire others, please share at
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Published by The Columbian on Nov. 17, 2016.
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I have only happy and engaging ELI memories of sharing work, lunch and the occasional happy hour with you and Hiro. Though I did a poor job of keeping in touch since then, your impression is lasting.
Don Klover
December 1, 2016
Oh Brandie! The dirty Martinis and coffee dates are cherished in my heart. The world is a better place because of you. Thank you for the talks and for the advice and for the laughter. Blessings to you and your family.
Anna Petruolo
November 22, 2016
I'm honored to have known Brandie and enjoyed her company. I will miss her and her wonderful sense of humor. Sending lots of love to her family.
Deb Lee
November 21, 2016
Brandie was an amazing woman! She is truly a loss to the world!
Kathie England
November 18, 2016
I had the pleasure of knowing Brandie through my professional organizers chapter of NAPO. She embodied a joy and zeal for life that I will never forget! She will be sorely missed by me and my colleagues.
Mark Nedleman
November 18, 2016
Ummmmmm.... Ya!!!
I knew the first day I met Brandie in the ELI HR office that she was someone I could definitely be friends with. Brandie always had a special sparkle and just a way about herself. I'm so blessed to have had many fun years working with her. Hiro too. I'm so proud of all the amazing things the Kajino family have accomplished together... I used to tease her about having more children because her and Hiro had such a strong, loving and fun relationship. Having more children would do this world a huge favor! :) Tony is a perfect mix of the two of them. Mucho love being sent.... ♡♡♡
Jeannette Aston
November 18, 2016
Wayne and I have such good memories of Brandie & Hi to in the "Joyful Noise" choir at FCC. She was a beautiful young woman with a radiant smile!
Dorothy Bryant
November 17, 2016
My Friend who made sitting on a metal bleacher for hours on end to see our kids swim for less than 5 minutes.. bearable. I will miss the laughter, the chats, and the friendship.
November 17, 2016
She will be missed for her smile, her helping hand and just being a friend.
Maria and Rusty Lee
November 17, 2016
You will always live in the hearts of the people you touched and in the many fond memories I have of our epic and all too short friendship. Love you!
Clark Haass
November 17, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss. I co-taught a workshop with Brandie once and we enjoyed a cup of tea together one other time. Her passion for words, life, food, her family, shone through. You were all in my thoughts and in my prayers during the long days of her illness. I will carry the legacy you ask for in my heart.The world needs her kindness, reflected in each of us. God bless.
Susan Rich
November 17, 2016
A shining light that will be greatly missed. Thank you for passing your light around so that others can shine too, Brandie. My deepest sympathies are with Hiro, Tony, family, and friends.
Amber Cleveland
November 17, 2016
My family was so fortunate to know you, Brandie. I had admired you as a person and how you made a path in your world that was wide enough to share with everyone. You are missed every day in many ways. May your family have peace soon.
Erica Hardin
November 17, 2016
Thankful for the opportunity to meet such a beautiful person. Loved your passion for others and the drive to show them there is hope in the darkness.
Tamera Stacey
November 17, 2016
Having known her and her family for years, she was an amazing person.

We also were blessed to have Brandie marry my wife and I in Portland for which we will cherish!!

Steve & Jeannine Runyan
Steve Runyan
November 17, 2016
To all Liz's family

Sending you my love and prayers at this time to help you with the lose of your sister, daughter, aunt and friend.
How sad. If I can do anything for any of you please call. Love you all so much, Mary Ann Staton
November 17, 2016
I always admired and respected you. I'm very lucky to meet you, and to be your host sister.
Rest In Peace, beautiful. You are missed.
Maho Misawa
November 17, 2016
Brandie, Hiro & Tony,
You are a true life love story! As much as we want to say we are sorry for your loss, we'd rather congratulate you on such a beautiful union and success at love. You have brought awareness to so many others of good deeds, kindness, and cancer.
Always here for you!
The LaBianco and Woodhouse families
Wendy Woodhouse
November 17, 2016
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