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Miyoko Miyo Mori

Date of Death: June 23, 2022


Miyoko (‘Miyo’) Mori passed away peacefully June 23, 2022, at the age of 93 in White Rock. She was born in Coghlan, BC (now known as Langley). She was predeceased by her mother Tamae (1992), father Masanari (1987), husband Sue (1995), son Doug (2000), and brother Sus (2017). Survivors include daughter Karen, son-in-law Gord, grandchildren Brandi, Cara, David, Kevin Kate, brother Roy Yokoyama (Joyce), brother Ken Yokoyama (Jean), sister Terri Vanleusden (Dave), sister Jean McKeever (Bill), and many nieces and nephews.

Miyo came from humble beginnings as a daughter of a strawberry farmer. At the start of the Second World War, Japanese Canadians had their basic human rights taken from them. Based on their race, they were classified as ‘enemy aliens’, and transported to interior towns in BC or across Canada with nothing except what they could carry. Life was challenging living with multiple families in one small house. When the war ended, so did her education. Miyo completed grade 10 in Sandon, BC. Her heart yearned to go to school to learn bookkeeping but was forced to find employment to support the family. Her first job as a housekeeper and maid for John and Mae Taylor in New Denver, BC, defined what she did not want to do in her life! Miyo enjoyed working retail; first at New Denver Mercantile, and grocery and dry goods store, then Thring’s Shop Easy in New Denver, then Super Valu in Nelson. She retired at the age of 60 and enjoyed retirement in Nelson, with the last 7 months in South Surrey.

Having lived into her 90’s, she had to say goodbye to many friends. And she had many friends. Some knew her as a gardener, a quilter, or a bowler, but many knew her as the cashier at Super Valu. There was a tight group of friends at Super Valu: Mary Tolls, Marg Hall, Mary Hunter, Joyce Diedrich, Jo Marcheldon, and Nina Smiley. Nina has outlived them all! Before the day of the automated cashiers, each Sunday Miyo would memorize the sale prices from the flyer. Brain game 1.0! It’s no wonder she was as sharp as she was right to the end. She made friends easily because she was curious and interested in their lives. While living at Westminster House in South Surrey she enjoyed getting to know new friends. The staff at Westminster House grew to know Miyo as a sharp, curious, and humourous person. She thrived in the caring, friendly environment, and with her daughter’s encouragement to move a little every day, she gained mobility she hadn’t enjoyed in years. Miyo enjoyed the senior’s outings coordinated by the care home. She especially enjoyed the shopping trip to the mall. She loved the Dollarstore.

You’ve likely heard the term ‘it takes a village to raise a child’. Well, it also takes a village to care for my mom. I am thankful for all the family and friends who helped her and touched her life when I lived too far to help. I am thankful for the staff at Westminster House for their loving care.


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Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Corinne Mori
Relation: Through the Japanese community

Loved Miyo! Such a lovely woman, so warm and always smiling. She was someone that always felt like a best friend.

From: Shirley J Tennant
Relation: Long time acquaintance.

I knew Miyo for many years, from her time at Super Valu and then in later years when she was with the Kootenay Quilters (my Mom belonged also and I was her chauffeur for many years and got to know many of the quilters including getting reacquainted with Miyo. I also worked in the IWA office and knew Sue as a member of the IWA. She always had a smile for you when you met her anywhere. Wishes of comfort and peace as you tuck your Mom away in your heart full of memories.

From: Dave Coletti
Relation: Friend of her daughter.

Your Mom was such a wonderful person. So happy and friendly. My condolences to all of you.

From: Beverley A Bennett
Relation: Friend

Miyo was such a kind lady and a dear friend to my mom Zoni. Condolences to her family.

From: Tina Viala
Relation: Worked with Miyo (friend)

I worked with Miyo at Super Valu. Your Mom was an amazing lady. All those ladies you mentioned took us under their wing and treated us so well I had just gone to see Miyo about 4-5 years ago. She had called me to ask for a favour and we had a great visit. . Condolences to you all. May she Rest In Peace and be home with your Dad and brother. Hugs

From: Darlene Jeffery
Relation: My mother’s friend and neighbour

She was my Mom’s (Helen Choquette) friend and neighbour at Lakeview in Nelson. Condolences to the family.

From: Amy Bohigian
Relation: Filmmaker

Your mom was a real gem – I only met her a couple times to tell her story for the short film about her life for Touchstones Nelson. I hope that you can share this with her network and enjoy it. I may have sent it to you already. Sorry for your loss – what a legacy of kindness and a delightful laugh. Here is the link to her video: https://vimeo.com/491408424

From: Jolene Raggett
Relation: Friend of my moms

My mom (Joan) lived across the hall from your mom at Lakeview in Nelson and had nothing but nice things to say about your mom. She seemed like a very kind and caring person. We’re very sorry for your loss.

From: peter barisenkoff
Relation: met her at super-valu

i used to try get her checkout every time i could. my nicknamefor her was miyo myo after a song by doug kershaw that said inpart “son of a gun we gonna have big fun on the byuo” id start humming it and she would know who it was if she could see me or not.a nicer more freindly lady i have not yet met . if the whole world was made up of people like her what a magnificent place it would be . miss you rest in peace miyo mio.

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