Abigail “Abbie” Abe was born October 3, 1942 in Pepeekea, Hawaii and attended elementary and high school there. After two years at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, she tranferred to San Francisco State where she received a B.S. in Education. Abbie taught three years in San Francisco, then applied to teach in DoDDS. She taught one year in Okinawa and 28 years at Byrd Elementary School in Yokohama, Japan. As an outstanding English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, Abbie lovingly gave numerous children academic as well as cultural instruction. Often she arranged exchange functions with local Japanese schools. She will be remembered for positively touching the lives of the children she taught, and the lives of her many Japanese and American friends. Abbie died at home in Hilo, HI where she had retired in 1998.