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Mitsuko "Mitzi" Murakami

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Mitsuko "Mitzi" MURAKAMI Mitsuko "Mitzi" Murakami, age 88, of Ontario Oregon, passed away Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, Boise. A viewing for family and friends will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, August 21, 2009 at Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 22, 2009 at the Idaho-Oregon Buddhist Temple, Ontario. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Ontario. Condolences may be made to her family at www.shaffer-jensenchapel.com. Mitsuko was born and raised in Bellevue, Washington to Jitsuzo and Masao Yamaguchi of Fukoka, Japan. Shortly after her marriage to Shigeo "Sig" Murakami in 1940, Mitsuko and Sig moved to Los Angeles, California. During the start of WWII, rather than relocate to an internment camp, Sig and Mitsuko and some close friends chose to move inland to Ontario, Oregon to work as farm laborers. After the war, they decided to stay in the area and farmed in the Nyssa/Ontario area for over the next 30 years until Sig started Murakami Produce Company in Ontario. Besides being a devoted housewife and mother, Mitsuko worked hand in hand with Sig to help grow his business. Mitsuko was a member of the Idaho-Oregon Buddhist Temple and the Snake River JACL. In her earlier years, Mitsuko bowled on the Nisei Ladies Bowling Team, was a member of the Ontario Garden Club, volunteered for the Mary Kay School and was involved in church activities for many years. Mitsuko was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of62 years, Sig, her sisters, Yuriko Tanegawa and Chiyeko Hayashida, her brother Kaneo Yamaguchi. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, David and Paige Murakami, her daughter and son-in-law, Janis and Ron Cornmesser and her daughter, Eileen Gonzalez all of Ontario, Oregon.
Published in The Seattle Times from Aug. 19 to Aug. 20, 2009
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