Jean Misaki Yoshida Matsuo
Jean Misaki (Yoshida) Matsuo, 91, passed away July 3, 2020 in Kaneohe, HI. She was born November 8, 1928 in Keauhou- Kona, one of six children to Setsu Kyogoku and Hachiji Yoshida. Jean grew up in the coffee fields of Kona with dreams of becoming a writer. She graduated from Konawaena High School in the top 2% of her senior class. She married Paul Yoshikazu Matsuo and raised 3 children (Pauline, Bobby and Jo Ann) on Oahu. She also went to work as a substitute teacher at Kalaheo High School and King Intermediate and as a clerk for the State Unemployment Office. Upon retiring at age 60, she enjoyed gardening, fishing and going to Las Vegas. After her husband died, she wrote her first book, "Dear Okaasan," followed by "Arigato Otoosan." The books describe a bygone era growing up poor but very happy in the Kona coffee fields, honoring both her mother and father who selflessly gave of themselves to make her childhood a most memorable one. The books garnered local recognition with a write-up by Lee Cataluna, followed by an interview on local tv news, book signings at Mamo Howell Store, Kona Coffee Festival and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce, and more articles in local newspapers. Jean is survived by her children and brother Raymond Yoshida of Kona. She is predeceased by her sister KayTanaka and brothers Masami, Teruo and Susumu Yoshida. Due to COVID-19, services pending, to be announced at a later date.
Arrangements Provided By: Hosoi Garden Mortuary
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