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Yaeko Akiyoshi passed away at home, June 19, 2013 at the age of 96. She was a native of
Watsonville born November 24, 1916 and returned to Japan as a child to be educated. She
returned to Watsonville when she married Toshio Akiyoshi. She was a homemaker and worked
on the Akiyoshi Brothers family farm on Salinas Road with her late husband Toshio Akiyoshi.
She loved to tend to her vegetable and flower garden. Yaeko was the loving 'Grandma' ( to her
many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great-grandchildren ) that celebrated all their
birthdays and there were birthdays practically every month or it seems.
She is survived by her sons David Akiyoshi of Watsonville, Thomas and daughter-in-law
Akiyoshi of Santa Cruz, June and son in-law Earl Smith of San Jose, Nancy Mieko Kimura of
Santa Cruz, Alice Koda of North Fork. She is survived by eleven grandchildren, 13 great grand
children, and 4 great great-grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews
from the Akiyoshi, Aramaki, Mori, and Torigoe families from the Bay Area to Southern California.
The family wishes to thank Hospice of Santa Cruz, Dr. Robert Weber and Dr. Steven Smith for
his many years as her physician. Arrangements by Ave Maria Memorial Chapel.
She was a member for the Watsonville Buddhist Temple; a private family service will be held at a later date.