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Miyo Kitamura

1924 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Miyo Kitamura Obituary

January 13, 1924 – February 1, 2017

Miyo Alice Kitamura was a Farmer, Wife, Mother and Friend to All.

She is preceded in death by her husband, William "Bill" Tsutae Kitamura. She is survived by her children: William David (Diann), Jon (Sally), Donald and Kendall; grandchildren: Kameron, Kenna, Lindsay and Ian; step grandchildren: Thomas, Elizabeth, Jonas and Margrethe; and step greatgrandchildren: Pia and Leif.

Miyo or "Alice" as she was known to many grew up and went to school in Davis, CA. Her childhood and education were interrupted by WWII and the War Relocation Act. She and her family were interned in the Amache Relocation Center in Colorado. During this time, she met her future husband. Working as migrant labor with their families after the war, she and "Bill" were able to start up their own farm operation. A lifelong resident of Grimes, CA, she was an active partner in farming with her husband. She was a mother, chaperone, chauffer, Den Mother, and a disciplinarian to her children. She was an active member of her community with Grimes Lady's Aid, Grand Island PTA, Nichiren Budhist Church, JACL YBA and Kenjinkai.

After her children grew up and graduated from high school, she sought employment outside the home. She was employed at Mervyn's from its opening in Woodland until it closed, some 28+ years. She overcame adversity and prospered with her family and innumerable friends in the community. She will be missed by all.

Join us for a memorial Celebration of Life on Saturday, February 18th between 1:00 – 4:00 PM at the Scout Cabin in Grimes, CA. Informal dress. No Koden. In lieu of flowers, Miyo would appreciate donations to the Grimes Library (PO Box 275 Grimes CA 95950) or the Grimes Civic Association (PO Box 202 Grimes, CA 95950).

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Published in Appeal Democrat from Feb. 10 to Feb. 12, 2017
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