Yoshi Tanaka
(1907-2010)
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This memorial website was created in the memory of Yoshi Okubo Tanaka who was born in Riverside, California and passed away on November 9, 2010 at the age of 103 in St. George, UT. We will remember her forever. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yoshi was the 2nd oldest of 7 children of Tometsugu Okubo and Miejoko Kato. She attended school in Riverside, California, then went on to Riverside Community College and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree at UCLA, majoring in Art. Art was central to the family life, her mother was a calligrapher, her sister, brother and an uncle all were artists in their own right.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Prior to marrying, Yoshi and a girl friend opened an art gallery at the Mission Inn in Riverside, CA. Then she married Shigeru Tanaka, an art student. They settled in Pomona, CA until World War II broke out, when they and their 2 sons, Tek and Taka were interned along with 110,000 others of Japanese-American descent in various relocation centers scattered in the western states. They were sent to Heart Mountain, Wyoming Relocation Camp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . After the end of the war, they briefly lived in New York City, where Yoshi's younger sister, Mine' Okubo, also an accomplished artist/writer had moved earlier. And finally moved back to Riverside, California, where they started a chicken ranch and farming. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yoshi gave up her art career until her 3 children were grown and then in the early 70's moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, started up her art career again at the early age of 65 and made a living selling paintings and traveling around the world to Europe, Asia, South America and places in between. Among her most interesting places of travel were St. Petersburg, Moscow, the Great Wall of China and the Heights of Mancha Pichu. . . . . . . . . . . . . As a native of Riverside, CA she was a pillar in the community offering her services to friends, church and civic organizations. She was an accomplished chef and gracious hostess. She devoted her life to family and friends. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . She moved to St. George, UT in 2002. And in 2003 and 2004 Yoshi was awarded 1st place in Women's 5k Run 95-99 Age Division at the Huntsman World Senior games and in 2008 Woman of Achievement at the Miss Washington County Fair Scholarship Program. She was also honored at the Susan B. Kolmen Breast Cancer Survivors' Program. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yoshi is survived by her 3 children, Tek Tanaka of Riverside, CA, Taka and Jeanie Tanaka of St. George, UT and Seiko Buckingham of Fallbrook, CA. Grandchildren, Kimiko of Murrieta, CA.; Lynn and Rod of Murrieta, CA., Burt of Riverside, CA. , Lori of Riverside, CA., Jill of Tuscon, AZ., Steve and Denise of Arcadia, CA., and Stephanie of Honolulu, HI. Great grandchildren, Rickie of Jupiter, FL., Taylor of CSUF Fullerton, CA., Paige and Mariah of Murrieta, CA., Mitchell of Grants Pass, OR., Jade of Lihue, HI and Talia of Honolulu, HI, Maya and Izzy of Arcadia, CA. Also, sister-in-laws Tsuru Okubo of Irvine, CA and Chisato Okubo of Los Angeles, CA. and loving nephew and nieces. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yoshi will be laid to rest with her sister, mother and father in the family plot at Olivewood Memorial Park in Riverside, CA.
Tributes and Condolences
Thought, Prayers, Peace   / Jim And Linda Finney (Friends)
Mei it somehow give you peace of mind and ease your sorrow too To know that many thoughts and prayers are going out to you.
You are in Our Thoughts   / Tom &. Marilyn Valle (Friends)
We were surprised to read this morning of the passing of your other. I don't know why but I guess we thought she would live forever. What a lovely lady she was! I want to share with you a note we just received this week from our 103 year old aunt ...  Continue >>
In sympathy and Prayer   / Lynn And Steph Thomas (Friends)
Mei it comfort you to know friends are thinking of you and remembering you in their prayers.
With Sympathy   / Steve Katano (Friends)
She will be with you in spirit and in heart forever.
In Sympathy   / Ron And Sue Theis (Friends)
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Bingo won't be the same Now  / Edna Lunn (Friends)    Read >>
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Her legacy
Great Grand Children  
Yoshi is proud of all her grand children and great grandchildren and is especially happy to note she is the great grandmother of PGA Golf Pro Rickie Fowler who started his professional playing career in 2010. Selected for the Ryder Cup Team the youngest player to be selected for the team. Prior to turning Pro Rickie attended OSU Oklahoma State first freshman recipient of the prestigious Ben Hogan Award and twice chosen to play on the Walker Cup Team. . . . . . . . .
Brother and Sisters  
Yoshi was the 2nd oldest of 7 children of Tometsugu Okubo and Miejoko Kato Okubo. Her brothers were Benji, Senji, Shinji, Toku and sister Mine' and a 7th child died at childbirth. . . . . . . . . . . . .Benji and Mine' were accomplished artists. Benji, part of the Students Art League of Los Angeles CA active in the 1920's and 1930's. Mine' graduated from Berkeley with a Masters in Art went on the study art on a scholarship and travel throughout Europe just before WWII broke out. . . . . . . . . . . During World War II they were all interned in various relocations camps because they were Japanese-Americans. Toku and Senji were drafted into the Army. Toku sent to Japan as an interperter and Senji was part of the famous Army 442nd fighting in Italy. While in Topaz Relocation Camp Mine' made drawings of camp life and eventually was released to work for Fortune Magazine in New York. She published a pictoral account of her experiences in camp called Citizen 13660. It has been in publication since 1946. . . . . . . . . . .
 
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