Arthritis can’t quell 96-year old Kurtistown woman’s passion for sewing, serving

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Mieko Nagao sits in her home while speaking about making masks during the COVID-19 pandemic on Sept. 28.

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Mieko Nagao, left, and her daughter, Arlene, look through masks last week that they've made together at Nagao's home.

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Two of the masks created by Mieko Nagao.

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Mieko Nagao sits at last week her sewing desk, where she makes all her masks with her sewing machine from the 1960s.

When the COVID-19 pandemic began more than two years ago, Mieko Nagao, 96, helped her neighbors and community by sewing masks out of material she found throughout her home.