Rumi Uragami (85), passed away on June 5, 2013 at Keiro Nursing Home after a long illness. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband Robert “Bob” Katsumi Uragami; daughter Derry Kinuyo Pierson; and son Timothy “Tim” Eiji (Cynthia) Uragami. One of her twin daughters, Toni Toyone, passed away when an infant. She also leaves her younger brothers Minoru “Min” (Mary) and Yutaka (Mariane) Tonai and many cousins, nieces and nephews and other relatives in the U.S. and Japan.
Rumi was born in San Pedro, Calif. on July 24, 1927, the second daughter of Gengoro and Toyone (Ohtsubo) Tonai, both deceased. Her older siblings were Mizuyo “Mary” (Naotoshi) Otsubo and Ichiro (Grace) Tonai (all deceased). She lived in Terminal Island, San Pedro, Seinan District of LA, Santa Anita Assembly Center, Amache Relocation Center and finally, Costa Mesa, CA, where she and Bob lived happily together for the last 52 years.
A memorial service will be held for Rumi at Centenary United Methodist Church, 300 So. Central Avenue in Little Tokyo, Rev. Mark Nakagawa officiating, on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 11 a.m. A reception to follow. No burial is planned at this time. The family requests no flowers.