1921 to 2014
Miyo passed quietly on October 10, 2014 in Lynnwood, WA at the age of 93. She was the last living member of her family. She joined her brothers Roy and James Kawase, sister Masae Kawase, and parents Kirino and Yasukichi Kawase.
She was born on June 11, 1921 in Auburn, WA where she grew up. She married Cano Numoto in 1947 and joined him on his farm in Bellevue, WA where they raised sons Phil and Bruce and daughter Jennie. Miyo was a devoted housewife who was always there to support her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed gardening and her roses and dahlias were appreciated by the neighbors. She enjoyed making homemade jam, baked bread, and preserved vegetables and fruits from the garden. She was happiest at Christmas when she baked cookies, pies, and cinnamon rolls to share with friends and family. She enjoyed the Mariners and Ichiro. After learning she had diabetes in her mid-40’s, she was a model for us all as she walked 2 to 3 miles almost every day and provided us with a diet filled with fresh fruits and vegetables. Her spirit and kindness were appreciated by all who knew her.
Miyo is survived by daughter Gidget (Jennie) and her husband Dennis Terpstra; son Phil Numoto; son Bruce Numoto and his wife Sue; two grandchildren, Chris Terpstra and his wife Kristin, and Carrie Terpstra Farsai and her husband Steve Farsai; and four wonderful great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, October 27, 2014, at 2:00 pm at Sunset Hills Memorial Park, 1215 145th Place SE, Bellevue, WA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the University Presbyterian Church Deacons Fund, 4540 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105.