March 3, 1942 ~ January 16, 2009
Miyashiro, Beatrice S., a 39 year resident of the South Bay Area, passed away on the 16th day of January 2009, in Torrance, CA. Born in Hilo, Hawaii, Beatrice was 66 when she passed on.
Her teaching career spanned over 37 years both in Hawaii and Redondo Beach. During her time as an educator of young children, she and fellow teacher Elsie traveled the world, going to places such as Australia, Africa, Egypt, Israel, most of Europe which included Scotland, England and France, and they also visited most of the countries in Asia, visiting Japan on numerous occasions. She was an avid reader and consumed books, magazines, and newspapers on a daily basis and though she suffered vision problems, she compensated and overcame it in her usual resourceful ways and still read her newspaper and her beloved "Chicken Soup for the Soul" books. Her main pastime was taking care of her4-legged babies, first Toby, who was with her for 13 years, and the second, her beloved Harry. As with Toby, Harry was her constant companion, especially after her retirement from Lincoln Elementary School in 2002. Her entire concern during her last illness was not for herself, or her treatment, but for Harry and his well being. Beatrice survived two bouts of Breast Cancer and also suffered from heart disease, dealing with all of her illness in her usual grace and inner strength.
Beatrice is survived by two brothers, Arthur (Stella), and Raymond (Jean), and two sisters, Jane Rousseau (Cecil), and Shirley Sasaki (Morris).She is also survived by her nieces and nephew, Michele Smotrys, Denise Ramirez, Anson Miyashiro, Celia Anderson, Dana Neuhauser, Joy Park, Dae Mi Choo, Celeste Sasaki-Hayward, and Selena Sasaki and her baby Harry.
Celebration of Life Service will be Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 2:00 PM at Rice Mortuary Chapel at 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503. (310)792-7599.
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