Fumiye Higashiyama
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Fumiye Higashiyama
  • October 15, 1922 - April 15, 2016
  • French Camp, California

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Fumiye Higashiyama,

Born Fumiye Taniguchi on October 15th, 1922 in Holt, California. The eldest of three sisters and one brother, she lived a long, productive life to immigrant parents, Hisakichi & Ritono Taniguchi. She went to school at French Camp Elementary School and graduated from Stockton High School. She married Kenso Higashiyama and soon after, they were sent to internment camp in Gila River, AZ during WWII. After the war ended, they returned to French Camp, where they purchased a farm and remained until her passing.

She is preceeded in death by her husband Kenso, her sister Yoshio Kobayashi, her grandson Kevin, her brother Hisao and her parents. She is survived by her sister, Mitsume Onishi, four children, Arleen Ota (Larry), Colleen Choy (Norman), Kathleen Yamane (Derrick) and Kent (Pattie Blaine), also grand children, Robyn & Bobby Ota, Marshall Choy (Stephaine), Emi Yamane & Ileana Higashiyama, three great grand children and many nephews and nieces.

Fumiye was a homemaker, mother, and farmer's wife and worker for many years, until she found her calling as a District manager for Field Enterprises - World Book Encyclopedia. She was very successful in World Book because she loved enriching children's lives with knowledge and helping them succeed in life. She also had been a life long member of the French Camp Japanese-American Citizen's League, Hiroshima Doshi Kai and the Stockton Buddhist Church.

Services will be held at the Stockton Buddhist Temple, 2820 Shimizu Dr., Stockton, CA 95203 at 3:00 pm, Friday, May 6th, 2016.