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Kiyoko Yoshida

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Kiyoko "Kiyo" Yoshida May 22, 1913 - Dec. 27, 2009 Passed away peacefully at Millbrae Serra Nursing Home. She was born in Baker City, OR, the first child of Fukujiro and Miyono Nojima, immigrants from Hiroshima-ken, Japan. She was predeceased by her sister Irene Kawamoto, brother, Roy Nojima and sister, Hideko Tsukamoto. She leaves step daughter Grace Dawn, daughters, Alice and Florence and son, James, grandsons, John Dawn, the late David Crawford, and Steven Crawford, and great grandsons Robert Dawn and Charles Dawn, and great granddaughter, Sadie Kiyoko Crawford. She married Noburu Yoshida on November 25, 1934. The couple settled and started a family in Sacramento CA where Noburu worked for the Sumitomo Bank. During WWII they were interned at Tulelake CA and Heart Mountain Wyoming. After the War they briefly lived in St. Louis MO before returning to the west coast to San Francisco. Noburu passed away on November 21, 1985. Kiyo was an expert seamstress and dressmaker and worked in the alterations department of H. Liebes and later Livingston Brothers women's wear stores until both closed. She also sewed for many private clients. She was a faithful member of the San Francisco Japanese Seventh-day Adventist Church where she volunteered tirelessly in their many efforts. In retirement she traveled to Europe, Japan, Mexico and the US. She took crafts classes and loved to crochet slippers and pot scrubbers to gift to all she met. She was a master flower arranger of the Ohara School. She was a wonderful vegetarian cook who loved to cook for shut-ins and friends. She also volunteered with the Community Health Van. Kiyo was hard working and determined but was friendly, kind and dedicated to serving others. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends and the many people she touched. A Memorial to celebrate her life will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 24, 2010 at the San Francisco Chinese Seventh-day Adventist Church, 7777 Geary Blvd., San Francisco
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Jan. 17, 2010
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