ELKHART — Keiko Goto, aka Kay Gene Mortimer, was born on Jan. 24, 1928, in Beppu, Japan, to Shinkichi and Chiyoko (Kanzaki) Goto. She lost her mother at a young age, and this event shaped her into the strong woman her loved ones knew her as, and allowed her to face challenges in life with grace and determination.
She moved to the U.S. in 1954 after marrying Ronald Swaim. She proudly became a naturalized American citizen in 1955. She then married Robert C. Mortimer in 1964.