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Flagstaff, AZ: Michiko Yoshimura Kitsmiller, departed this life on Sunday,  December 3, 2017 in Flagstaff at the age of 91.
Graveside Services will be held at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at the Denton Cemetery, with Rev. David Leu officiating.  All arrangements have been entrusted with the Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral and Cremation Services in Marlow.
Michiko was born Monday,  November 29, 1926 in Tokyo, Japan, to Shinichi and Hana (Ishihara) Yoshimura. She graduated from the famed Atomi High School near Tokyo where she subsequently became known for her Japanese calligraphy and for her extensive knowledge of Japanese art, history, and literature. Michiko married George M. Kitsmiller in 1951 in Tokyo, Japan and were married for 39 wonderful years before his passing on October 28, 1990.
She had worked for the Library of Congress as a Library Technician for 29 years and her Japanese calligraphy is on the spine of all the books in the Japanese section. She labelled every single book, row upon row, stacks upon stacks in the Japanese Department in Washington D.C. until her retiring.
Michiko enjoyed ballet and was a ballet teacher in her younger years for 3 year old to young aduts in Maryland for many years. Teaching these children was one of her fondest memories. She was a truly a unique and exceptional woman writing poems as well as being involved in getting the 1979 Great Kabuki theater tour to Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. One of the highlights of Michiko's life was getting to meet the Emperor and Empress of Japan. She was a wonderful loving family woman that would take time out of her own life for her children to help and encourage them to pursue their dreams. Michiko will greatly missed by all of her loved ones.
Survivors include, a son, David Ray Kitsmiller of McClain, VA, and a daughter, Janet Fay Kitsmiller of Flagstaff, AZ. She is also survived by 2 sisters, Yasuko Nakamura of Tokyo, Japan, and Etsuko Smith of Bethesda, MD, and  a sister-in-law, Dema Leu of Comanche.
Along with her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Carol K. Kitsmiller, her parents, brother, Ikuo Yoshimra, and sister, Setsuko Yoshijima.
Online condolences may be made to www.CallawaySmithCobb.com
Published on December 12, 2017
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