Yumiko "Yumi" Carpenter, a loving wife, mother, and friend, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, January 7, 2014, age 75, after a long illness. She was born in Takamatsu, Japan on November 1, 1938 to Kinuji and Koginu Yano. Her mother and father, a sister, and two brothers preceded her in death. Her husband, Norman, daughter Christie (husband Steve Cornelius), sisters, Tamae (Don) Delaney of Auburn WA, Katie (Bill) Thomas of Henderson, NV, and Iku (Wayne) Flaska of Ocean Shores, WA, survive her.
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Yumi and Norm were married in Colorado Springs in Nov. 1969. They lived in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania until 1971 when they moved to Nevada City, CA. In 1976, they moved to Porterville.
Yumi was involved in many areas of employment and diverse hobbies. In Japan, she was a newspaper reporter and attended Empire University, School of Beauty Culture, in Cosmetology. Later she owned "Yumi's Beauty Salon".
Employment in the Porterville area included Town & Country Market, and cafeterias at Ducor Elementary School, Sunnyside Elementary School, and Columbine Elementary School, Delano (Cafeteria manager). She sold cooking products as a side job.
She assisted the Porterville Sister City Program both as a host in her home, as a translator for Japanese visitors from Mikkabi, Japan, and during the Porterville trip to Mikkabi in 2002.
Talents and hobbies were painting, flower arrangements, cooking, reading, writing Japanese poetry (Tanka), and gardening (certified Master Gardener in 2000, named honorary member in 2008). Yumi was renowned for her cooking skills, especially her Japanese dishes. All admired her sweet smile and "can-do" attitude.
While in Porterville, she was a member of the Westfield Christian Church, Lindsay Christian Church and, most recently, the Hillside Community Church. During her illness, she received showers of blessings from church members and friends. Her strong faith and especially the comfort she found with her Lord Jesus Christ gave her strength. A special thank you goes to the caregivers who served Yumi. Two agencies, "Just Like Home" and "Angels on Earth", provided care, medical assistance, and loving companionship.
A celebration of life service will be Sat, Jan 18 at 11 AM, Hillside Community Church, on Hwy 65 and Linda Vista. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Hillside Community Church.
Published in The Porterville Recorder on Jan. 14, 2014