Mieko Takahashi of Bellingham, Washington died on April 27, 2012 in Seattle. Born in 1967 in Tokyo, Japan, to Hiroshi and Toshiko Takahashi, she moved to the United States to attend college in 1993 and graduated with a degree in accounting from Emmanuel College in Boston. Mieko worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a CPA and then as an accountant and controller in the private sector.
She married David Shull on August 28, 1999. The couple moved from Boston to Bellingham in 2004 where she worked as a manager at the accounting firm Moss Adams. Later she taught herself to craft fine jewelry and founded Shizen Designs, also working as a jewelry instructor and financial manager of the Bellingham art studio Pouncing Rain.
Mieko is survived by her husband David Shull, her parents Hiroshi and Toshiko Takahashi, her sister Sachiko Hamano, her American mom Marlene Petro, her dog and best buddy Kumo, cats Koko and Kiku, and five adoring nieces and nephews. A public memorial will take place at 1 PM on June 2 at the Squalicum Boathouse in Bellingham. Mieko was a blessing to all who knew her. She made the world a better place and will be greatly missed.
Published in Bellingham Herald on May 3, 2012.