Tomi Shigeko Carson Battle Creek Tomi Shigeko Carson, 81, passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014. She was born in 1932, in Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan. Her father was Koichiro Kumasaka, an engineer, and her mother was Haru Kumasaka. She shared stories of how daily life was difficult for civilians in wartime Japan, and how frightened they were of the American bomber planes. She remembered being surprised when the American soldiers came into her town and gave candy to the children when the war ended. She met Dee Atley Carson after WWII when he was stationed in the US Army in Japan, and they married in 1954. He always maintained, until he passed in 2001, that his "Tomi" was the most beautiful woman he had ever met, and she was the love of his life. Her life as an army wife in the United States was a mixture of East and West, becoming a U.S. citizen, raising her family as Americans on various Army bases, then after the family finally settled in Michigan, deciding to return for many visits to reconnect to her Japanese roots. The family particularly enjoyed their time stationed in Alaska. She also was an artist, filling her home with her own paintings. After Dee Carson took a job at the Federal Center in Battle Creek, she worked first at Shrank's Cafeteria, and then for many years at the Kellogg Company, retiring in 1996. She showed her family that they could achieve the best in life, just as she had. Her children are: George (Robin) Carson of Omaha, NE; James (Karla) and John (Cheri Culp) Carson of Battle Creek, MI. Grandchildren are: Travis (Angelique) Carson and Lisa (Aaron) Brown of Omaha, NE; Amy (Zach) Kube of Meridian, MS; Cameron Carson of Kyoto, Japan, and Maria Carson of Battle Creek MI. Great-grandchildren are: Waylon, Sawyer and Sadie Brown, and Elsie Carson. Her surviving family members in Japan are: sister, Tomoko Sasaya and brother, Kunime (Kazuko) Kumasaka and children of Osaka; brother, Masahiko (Asako ) Kumasaka of Sapporo; brother, Hideyuki Kumasaka of Hakodate; niece, Yumi (Shinji) Sasaki and family of Sapporo, and nephew, Hiroshi (Miyako) Kumasaka and family of Hakodate. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Hisae Kumasaka, and her husband, Dee. Memorial service and interment will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday April 17, 2014 at Royal Funeral Home with interment at Fort Custer National Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the
. The family would like to give a special thank you to the staff at Lifespan Hospice and the Boschway AFC home.