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Miyoko K. Minear


1929 - 2011 Obituary Condolences
Miyoko died at the age of 82 on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 in Torrance, California, after suffering a sudden aneurism. Her husband Merle Tom Minear preceded her in death. Miyoko was born on January 24, 1929 in Saga Kyushu, Japan, to parents Seihachi and Kesa Kawasaki. She had one brother, Katsuyoshi Kawasaki. All family preceded her in death. After school in Japan, Miyoko studied dress making and later went to secretarial school. Miyoko met her husband, Merle Tom Minear, working at a U.S. military base in Sasebo Japan, and married on April 10, 1961. They moved from Japan to Fort Benning, Georgia, briefly to Colorado, and finally settling in the South Bay. Miyoko worked for a mortgage company, Western Airlines, Delta Airlines from which she retired. She missed working and retired again from the Hughes Credit Union. Miyoko volunteered at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawthorne and traveled with her husband Tom. She enjoyed entertaining, loved all kinds of food, people watching and for many years was an avid camper! She continued to learn throughout her life and continued taking classes of all kinds including Excel, Word and surfing the Internet. In her later years she took up tai- chi, yoga and line dancing. She enjoyed spending time with her friends at Trinity making quilts & meetings with the Woman's Club of Hawthorne. She was also a fan of the Dodgers and the Los Angeles Lakers. Miyoko will be remembered as a kind and loving wife, mother, grandmother and aunt who loved the extended and close family that her husband Tom brought with him in marriage. She is survived by her daughter, Melanie Sue and her husband, Bruce Ranyard of Gardena, CA; daughter, Rose Marie Ann 'Cookie' Pitts; granddaughters, Crystal and Cathee; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Ashlee, Shee Anna Rose, Andrew and Brandon Pitts from Idaho; sons, G. Tom Minear and Merle C. Minear of Colorado; lifelong friends, Keiko Van Horn, Yoko Hatton, Fumie Eaton and Toshiko Fain. She is also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins, in the U.S. and Japan as well as many friends and neighbors. A funeral service will be held today, Tuesday, March 1st at 10:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawthorne. The family requests that donations be made in Miyoko's memory to the (ALZ.org), or to Trinity Lutheran Church of Hawthorne, California. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Mar. 1, 2011
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