Kimiyo Fujii

March 24, 1926 ~ December 11, 2020 (age 94)


Kimiyo Fujii passed away peacefully on December 11, 2020 at the age of 94.  She was a long time resident of Santa Cruz County and a lifetime member of the Watsonville Buddhist Temple. 


As a young child, Kimiyo was sent to Japan to be raised by her grandparents and educated in Japan.  She came back to the U.S prior to WW II.  As an American of Japanese ancestry, Kimiyo and her family were interned at Crystal City, Texas during the war.  After the war, she met and married Yoshiteru Fujii from Watsonville, and were married for 55 yrs.  


Kimiyo was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother & great grandmother who enjoyed floral arranging and for years was an active member of the Ikenobo Ikebana Society.  She enjoyed gardening, growing flowers. sewing and traveling to countries in Europe, Asia and the United States.   Kimiyo was an amazing cook and often hosted large family gatherings.  Her presence will be deeply missed.


She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, 2 brothers and sister.  She is survived by her 3 children; Ethel (Mike) Hiraga, Gil (Sherry) Fujii, and Bruce (Laura) Fujii, 3 grandchidren, Rich (Natalie) Hiraga, Greg Fujii and Marc Fujii, and great-grandchild Kira Hiraga and numerous nieces and nephews.  She also leaves two sisters, Mary Shimomura and Yasuko Yoshimi, and two sister-in-laws, Nobue Fujii & Norie Fujii. 


She will be missed by not only her family but by her many friends.  No services will be held at this time. Mehl’s Colonial Chapel was entrusted with the arrangements.


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