Kiyoko Shimabukuro, 101 year old Hawaii born, reared in Okinawa resident of Los Angeles, passed away peacefully at home in the company of family, on December 18, 2019.
Kiyoko’s image went viral on social media, when she attended the first Women’s March in downtown LA with a protest placard attached to her wheelchair, which addressed her illegal incarceration in the Rohwer, Arkansas concentration camp during WWII. This image endures, as a testament to all who suffer unjust incarceration.
She was predeceased by her husband, Matsusho Shimabukuro. She is survived by her children: Nancy (Jim) Usui, Fred (Kyoung Yu) Shima, Iris (Timmy) Osumi, Linda (Randall Tsuno) Shima-Tsuno, Sallie (Sherman, Jr,. deceased) Smith, and Tom (Barbara Kallir) Shima; brothers Merv (Sue) and Warren (Helen) Miyashiro; sister, Myrtle Oganeku; sisters-in-law, Gladys Moromisato, Sueko Miyashiro, and Minako Nishihira. She was also survived by six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and predeceased by her siblings Mitsue Miyashiro, Daisy Teruya, Nellie Nishihira, Sister M. Petra Miyashiro, Lorraine Moromisato and Clarence Miyashiro.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 25th 2020, at 2:00PM at Senshin Buddhist Temple,
1311 W. 37th St, Los Angeles. The family kindly requests no flowers.