June Harue (Morimoto) Kishi

August 8, 1923 – October 5, 2020

June Harue (Morimoto) Kishi was born in Cortez, California in 1923, the eleventh of 13 children.  The Morimoto family worked numerous farms in the Central Valley before settling in Cortez.  She attended high school in Livingston, CA., where she met her lifelong love and husband of 74 years, Sherman Kishi.  Their families were interned in Colorado during the illegal incarceration of all people of Japanese ancestry during WWII.

June was about family.  She deeply loved her siblings, Sherman’s family, and their 49 nieces and nephews.  She was a devoted farm wife and mother to two daughters, Kiyono Kishi (Scott Yoshida) and Cynthia Kishi (Larry Robinson).  June and Sherman’s lives were enriched by Kiyono’s two daughters, Surya Grover (Nick) and Miya Kishi Dunets, and she delighted in  Surya’s three young boys, Mikio, Isao and Masaharu.  Over the years, she and Sherman enjoyed ballroom dancing, playing bridge, league bowling, and traveling.  They were active in church and community activities.

June died at home at the age of 97 surrounded by all those she loved so well.


Remembrances

  1. To all the Kishi family, Mike and I send our most sincere sympathy upon June’s passing. We met Sherman and June 48 years ago and it has been truly a fascinating friendship. Through Rotary we always had great visits.
    Sherman, I’m sure Mike would be quite sad to know that June has passed away.
    Fondly,
    Mike and
    Betty Ann Ireland

  2. Our heartfelt sympathy for your loss, Sherm. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Seventy four years is so amazing, how wonderful a life you and June had together. God Bless.

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