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Miye Numazu

1915 - 2012, Santa Barbara

April 8, 1915 - March 4, 2012

Miye (Michi, Mimi) Numazu was born in Santa Barbara, California on April 8, 1915.

She attended Franklin Elementary School, La Cumbre Junior High School and Santa Barbara High School. After graduating from High School, Miye moved to Hawaii and married Tomeyuki Numazu.

Following his death in 1972, she briefly returned to Santa Barbara but because she missed her many friends, she went back to Hawaii. In 1994 she moved permanently to Santa Barbara to live with her daughter and son-in-law.

Miye kept busy by sewing and crocheting. She learned of Project Linus and made over 200 Hawaiian print quilts for Cottage Hospital. She also crocheted granny squares for lap robes for her family and friends.

She spent her final two and a half years at Villa Blanca II, an assisted living home in Santa Barbara where she was tenderly cared for.

Miye passed away in her sleep on March 4, 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents Matakichi and Kima Watanabe, husband Tomeyuki, sister Amy Hirata, brother Joe Watanabe, and son-in-law Akira Yamada.

She is survived by daughter Winifred Yamada, grandchildren Gayle (Bruce) Ravenscroft, Terri Yamada, Kathy (Vance) Nishimoto, great granddaughter Kaylie Nishimoto, sister Tomiye Muneno, hanai daughter Charla Trotter, and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Miye will be held at the Santa Barbara Buddhist Church, 1015 E. Montecito Street on March 17, 2012, 11:00 a.m. Hawaiian/casual attire please.

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