Lily Aono, 86, of Mission Viejo, CA, passed peacefully on February 2, 2019. Lily Reiko Takagi was born April 12, 1932 in Fresno, CA to Shumpo and Haruko (Akaike) Takagi. During WWII, Lily, her parents, and her older sisters, Aiko and Sachi (Suzuki) were incarcerated in the Jerome and Rohwer Camps in Arkansas. The Takagis resettled in Chicago where Lily was a member of the Philos young womens' club and a clerk for the state and federal offices of the IRS.In 1956 Lily married Tom Aono (of Portland, OR and Minidoka internment camp) and together they raised five children. Lily will be fondly remembered for her quiet, sweet nature, everlasting patience, and always putting the needs of others ahead of her own

Lily is survived by her devoted husband of 63 years, Tom; sister Sachi Suzuki; and five children; Fred Aono (Jenny Kiyomura), Caryn Aono, Joanne Aono (Brian Leber), Kristine Aono (Val Giddings), and Roberta Jeannette (Jeff). She was the proud “Gram” of Marissa (Aono) Rudisill (Daniel), Alexandra Aono (Jack Custer), Colin Aono, Naomi and Calvin Giddings, and Griffin and Carter Jeannette, and “Great–Gram” to Kaleb Custer and Benjamin Rudisill.

A memorial in celebration of her life will be held on March 16, 2019 at the Norman P. Murray Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA from 6 to 9pm. Please RSVP to

In lieu of flowers or Koden, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

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