Fumi F. Mita
May 8, 1919 - June 17, 2014
Fumi Mita, 95, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, died June 17, 2017. She grew up in Wapato and Yakima, Washington on a farm. She graduated December, 1941 from University of Washington in Oriental Studies. As WWII was declared, she and her family were relocated to the Portland Assembly Center. Later she and her family moved to Nyssa, Oregon field labor camp to work in the fields. Fumi became the labor camp secretary. There she met George T. Mita. As camp life continued, Fumi became secretary to the regional director of the War Relocation Authority. She was moved to Spokane, Washington where she and George married.
Fumi and George eventually settled in Fruitland, Idaho. While raising a family, Fumi attended both College of Idaho and Boise State University earning a Masters in Education. Education was always valued by Fumi, and she prized her many years teaching at Payette and Fruitland Elementary Schools. She also loved flowers and gardening and was a talented cook.
Faith was always an anchor in Fumi's life. She and her family belonged to the Community Methodist Church in Ontario, Oregon for many years. Her husband George and son G. Douglas Mita preceded her passing. Fumi is survived by her remaining children - Randall G. Mita of Oceanside, CA; Richard A. Mita (Karen Zerbel) of Eagle, ID; and Judy M. Feeley (John Feeley) of Newport Beach, CA.; 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
She was a true blessing and will be remembered Friday, June 27, 2014 at the Ontario Community Church in Ontario, OR at 10:00 a.m. Condolences can be made to the family at www.lienkaemper-thomason.com
A special thanks to Sonia Woods Everest, the staffs of Edgewood Spring Creek and XL Hospice for the care provided Fumi in the recent past.
Donations may be made to Ontario Community Church, 240 SE 3rd St, Ontario, OR 97914.
Published in Idaho Statesman on June 22, 2014
78 NW First Avenue Ontario, OR 97914