Miyoko “Mimi” HirayamaSurrounded by family, our dear mother Miyoko passed away at home of natural causes on Friday, November 8, 2019 in Anaheim, California. The fourth of six children, Miyoko "Mimi" Hirayama was born on September 3, 1928 to Keisuke and Kokiku (Abe) Kato in Waikapu, Maui, a hamlet just outside of Wailuku. A 1946 graduate of Baldwin High School, she attended Honolulu Beauty School and worked as a cosmetologist in Honolulu in the 1940's and 1950's. Mimi married Tsutomu "Bud" Hirayama on June 13, 1953 and moved to Kamuela, Hawaii for a year. They returned to Honolulu when Bud was drafted during the Korean War. After Bud's discharge in late 1956, they moved to San Francisco in early 1957, where Bud attended Golden Gate College. After his graduation, they returned to Hawaii and started their family of three children (Lisa, David, and Colin). Bud worked for the federal government and traveled around the Far East for six years auditing army installations which also included Hawaii. In August 1968, Bud was transferred to Kaiserslautern, Germany to audit installations in Europe. While stationed in Germany, Mimi and family were able to explore much of Western Europe. In 1971, Bud was transferred to Atlanta, GA where Mimi guided the children through the local school system. During this time, the family traveled to Puerto Rico and along the east coast. Mimi truly enjoyed the travel opportunities that Bud's job afforded them. In 1977, Bud was transferred to Anaheim, CA where he worked for the Inspector General's Office for the Defense Department. Once again, Mimi was active in her children's schooling and volunteered frequently. After Bud retired in December 1987, they enjoyed farming and selling their produce at the Fullerton and Whittier farmer's markets until 2005. Mimi will be interred on Maui, her long beloved home. She is survived by her husband Bud, her children Lisa (Larry Carr), David (Sue Moriyasu) and Colin, her grandchildren Linnea and Liam Carr, her brother Fukuo Kato and his family, and numerous Hirayama family members. She was preceded in death by her siblings Teiko Kato, Chiyoko Loo, Kiyoko Quiggle and Itsuo Kato. No gifts are necessary, but a donation may be made in Mimi's memory to an Alzheimer's charity of one's choice.
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