ForeverMissed
Kimiye (Kimi) Rae Hirata, was born on July 17, 1929 in Portland, Oregon, to Masao & Koshige Akiyama. She had one older sister, Hatsumi "Sluggie" Fujino, and one younger sister, Fumiko Jane Nishikawa. During WWII their family was sent to live in the Minidoka Internment Camps, in Idaho. Kimi graduated from the Portland Business School: Secretarial College. She married William Tsuyoshi Hirata on October 7, 1950. William and Kimi moved to Seattle in 1955. Kimi's occupations included bookkeeper, secretary and typist, and she spent 21 years working for the General Welding Supply Corporation. Kimi was an active member of the Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church. She attended the Blaine Bible Study, volunteered for many of the church functions, and was also a member of the Blaine Bell Choir & the United Methodist Women's group.  Kimi enjoyed her sports. She golfed in a group called the "Ladies Thursday Nine" for many years. She also enjoyed watching the Seattle professional sports teams: the Sonics, Seahawks and Mariners.  Some of Kimi's favorite pastimes & hobbies included: quilting, crocheting, painting and gardening. She also enjoyed doing puzzles, video games, arts & crafts, cooking, music and taking photographs. But her favorite pastime was family gatherings, especially on birthdays and holidays.  Kimi was preceded in death by her parents, husband and siblings. She is survived by her four children Ron (Sharon) Hirata; Donna (Mark) Young; Gwen (Larry) Ishino; and Curtis Hirata.  She is also survived by eight grandchildren: Lisa (Nathan) Chang; Courtney (Karstin Jacobson) Hirata; Kyle Young; Kristyn (Luke) Okada; Tori (Alex) Chebotar; Haley, Zachary & Chase Hirata. Along with six great-grandchildren: Eliana, Naomi & Mira Chang; Londyn & Avalyn Okada; Andrey Chebotar.  Kimi lived her final years at Sunrise Senior Living in Mercer Island, WA. She passed away peacefully on December 22, 2020.
Posted by Jenny Tenlen on April 6, 2021
To Kimi's family, I am so sorry to hear about her passing. Kimi was a long-time coworker of my dad (Oly Tenlen) at General Welding. I have fond memories of visiting with her when I was young, on days when my dad took my sister and I to work. I also have a lovely photo of her holding my older nephew after his birth. Kimi was a talented artist - for one of my parents' anniversaries, she sketched a portrait of my mom that we still have.
Posted by JOYCE BROOKS on April 1, 2021
I wanted to get this down in writing how much understated strength I received from this sweet woman of God. I believe she understood hardship. When I was going through a difficult period in my life, even though she didn't know all the details, a kind look from her and a good word of friendship gave me hope. She blessed me with her smile, always remembering my name, always looking at me like I was the most important person in the room. I can only hope to be as kind. Blessings and love to you Ron, Donna, Gwen, & Curtis.
Posted by Pam Yorozu on March 30, 2021
Kimi was a very special lady indeed! Her kind smile and deep faith will always be remembered at Blaine Memorial UMC. Thank you for sharing all the beautiful stories and photos of her life. We would love to see some of her artwork some day:) 
With sympathy and love, David and Pam Yorozu
Posted by Brian Nishikawa on March 30, 2021
My name is Brian Nishikawa , I am Auntie Kimi's nephew . Her younger sister Jane Nishikawa's son. I always remember Auntie being happy, smiling, not saying too much, and always busy making people happy. I have a memory that still brings a smile to my face that I would like to share. I think I was about 13 or 14 and I got to go golfing with Mom and Dad and Auntie and Uncle. I don't remember too much about the round except for one moment. It was the middle of the round and Uncle was teeing off. He took a mighty lash at the ball, and I had never seen such a big slice! We all silently watched the ball sail through one or maybe two fairways. I sheepishly looked at my feet pretending I didn't see it. That's when Auntie cried out "GOLL DANG DID YOU SEE THAT BALL CURVE ??!!!!" It has been almost forty years and I still can't think of this without laughing out loud! My deepest condolences to all my cousins and their families. Auntie was truly a wonderful lady. 
Posted by Heidi Fergerstrom on March 29, 2021
"Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy."
- Eskimo saying

May you feel comfort from the love of family and friends during this time.

Aloha,
Heidi (friend of Donna and Mark)
Posted by Paul Johnson on March 28, 2021
Beautiful Tribute for a wonderful woman!

Warm Regards,

Paul Johnson & Family
Posted by Janine Chu on March 28, 2021
I've known Kimi for about 60 years since her daughter Donna was my good friend since kindergarten. For years I've gone to the Hirata house for New Year's and other occasions and Kimi has always been so welcoming to me, greeting me with a bowl of steaming hot ozoni and a smile when I showed up. Kimi was truly interested in her children's friends and asked us how we were, what we've been up to, and has witnessed all our milestones while growing up from children to adults. I feel truly blessed to have known Kimi all these years and know she is missed by her family and friends.
Posted by Curtis Hirata on February 23, 2021
PSALM 23 (NASB): The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me. Thou dost prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; Thou hast anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Posted by Curtis Hirata on February 23, 2021
"Those we love remain with us for love itself lives on, and cherished memories never fade because a loved one's gone. Those we love can never be more than a thought apart, for as long as there is memory, they'll live on in the heart." - Mary Alice Ramish

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Posted by Jenny Tenlen on April 6, 2021
To Kimi's family, I am so sorry to hear about her passing. Kimi was a long-time coworker of my dad (Oly Tenlen) at General Welding. I have fond memories of visiting with her when I was young, on days when my dad took my sister and I to work. I also have a lovely photo of her holding my older nephew after his birth. Kimi was a talented artist - for one of my parents' anniversaries, she sketched a portrait of my mom that we still have.
Posted by JOYCE BROOKS on April 1, 2021
I wanted to get this down in writing how much understated strength I received from this sweet woman of God. I believe she understood hardship. When I was going through a difficult period in my life, even though she didn't know all the details, a kind look from her and a good word of friendship gave me hope. She blessed me with her smile, always remembering my name, always looking at me like I was the most important person in the room. I can only hope to be as kind. Blessings and love to you Ron, Donna, Gwen, & Curtis.
Posted by Pam Yorozu on March 30, 2021
Kimi was a very special lady indeed! Her kind smile and deep faith will always be remembered at Blaine Memorial UMC. Thank you for sharing all the beautiful stories and photos of her life. We would love to see some of her artwork some day:) 
With sympathy and love, David and Pam Yorozu
her Life

Kimi's Parents

Masao & Koshige Akiyama

Kimi's Younger Years with Siblings

Pictured L to R: Kimiye born 7/17/29; Hatsumi "Sluggie" born 10/8/25; Fumiko Jane born 1/30/32.

Kimi's Sisters

Pictured L to R: Kimi, Fumiko Jane (Nishikawa), Hatsumi "Sluggie" (Fujino)
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Shared by Luke Okada on March 29, 2021
Dear Grandma Kimi,

You were an incredible woman. Thank you for your care, concern, your love, and everything that you have done for us. I am going to miss our family gatherings during the New Year. That was the most fond memory, was having all the good food and your company was enough for all of us to feel at home. From the time I started dating Kristyn, you invited me into your house without any hesitation and always making sure we didn't leave hungry. I will always remember you enjoying watching the Mariners and eating Jelly Belly's. Always making sure that you were up to date with all the technology, and especially playing Zelda on Gameboy. I don't know of any other grandmother who enjoyed playing games as much as you did. That's what made me realize, what a cool grandmother! I will not forget your signature arare cookies, that was always a treat getting those! Thank you for making all those special quilts for us! Grandma you will truly be missed and never forgotten. We love you and we will see you again in heaven.

Rest in peace Grandma! 

Luke

Written by Gwen Ishino (Daughter)

Shared by Curtis Hirata on February 13, 2021
One memory I would like to share about Mom was her artistry and creativity. As long as I can remember, she always had a craft in hand, whether it be a sewing project, crocheting, knitting, cross-stitch, drawing, painting, or her latest passion-quilting. She was talented, and I was in awe of her projects, especially her ink drawings and beautiful quilts. When we were small, I fondly remember my favorite Christmas gift of all time. She had hand-sewn “tiny replicas” of some of the same clothes that she had sewn for Donna and I, but for our troll dolls. (complete with miniature buttons, accoutrements, and all!)
After Mom retired, one of her favorite things to do was to venture out to Joann Fabrics, to select yardage of several patterns of calico material, excited to start her next quilt. She gifted these quilts to us, as well as to grandchildren and relatives. I will always cherish them and remember her when I look at them.
Mom was also a good listener. She would always lend an ear if you had a problem or just to hear how your day went. She loved to hear the grandchildren’s latest activities or great grandchildren’s latest antics. She was their biggest supporter. Family holidays were her greatest joy, where everyone would gather, laugh and enjoy good eats.
I will miss her gentle, kind spirit (with a dash of feistiness mixed in!) and for her faith and love of family. Rest in Peace Mom and we love you.

Written by Tori Chebotar (Granddaughter)

Shared by Curtis Hirata on February 20, 2021
To be blessed with Grandma was to be endlessly supported and unconditionally loved. To be heard, accepted and believed in through every trial and triumph that life threw your way. To be always welcomed at any time, day or night, into her 3 story yellow house on the corner that held New Year’s parties, Mariners games and walks to the Red Apple or Jefferson Park.

From her game closet upstairs to her sunroom full of plants, trips to Maruta, hours of puzzles, and playing Zelda on Nintendo.

I will miss watching her watch the Mariners game, creating her famous quilts, and the joy in her eyes to be surrounded by her family. I am thankful to have called her Grandma and blessed by how much meaning she brought into my life. She will be forever loved and missed by us all.