Fumiye “Betty” Ito

Fumiye “Betty” Ito, 94 year old, passed on May 30, 2012 in Palo Alto, CA. Fumiye and her late husband, Kenji Ito, lived in Alhambra from 1950 until 2009, when she moved to Los Altos, CA to be closer to her children. Fumiye was born in Seattle, WA, to Chima and Yotaro Sakaguchi, originally from Kumamoto. Fumiye, who was incarcerated in Tule Lake and Minidoka, never hesitated to tell her many Caucasian friends and acquaintances about the Japanese internment, long before others acted on the need for public awareness. She loved gardening, art museums, and classical music and was a skilled dressmaker and tailor. She also hosted many dinners and parties and befriended many of the wives of Kenji’s clients from Japan. Fumiye embraced the Baha’i faith, which recognizes both Buddhism and Christianity and reconciled her conflict between her parents’ religion and Christianity. Predeceased by her daughter Glenna Ito Angel, Fumiye is survived by her children Ayleen Ito Lee (Emory Lee) and Ron Ito of Palo Alto and Brad Ito of Redwood City, her grandchildren Randall R. Lee of Los Angeles, Kimberly Angel of Campbell, Marceline Lee of Davis, Eric Angel of San Carlos and 6 great-grandchildren. Services will be held on Monday in San Jose, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial contributions to Densho or Little Tokyo Service Center.