December 1, 1929 ~ January 25, 2009
Inouye, Kikuko (Kiku) a resident of Torrance, CA passed away on January 25, 2009 after a courageous battle with multiple illnesses. She was beloved by her many friends and family.
Born on December 1, 1929, she was raised and educated in Tokyo, Japan, and after cosmetology school took a job in a beauty salon.
Kiku met Kaz Inouye, an American sailor in the US Navy, at a Naval base in Japan in 1954. They were married on March 15, 1955, and moved to America that same year.
Kiku and Kaz lived and worked in Stockton, Santa Barbara, and Sherman Oaks. In 1962 they moved to New York City, where they both had successful careers, she as a cosmetologist and he in commercial photography. In 1989, they moved back to the Los Angeles area.
In 1997, after 42 years of marriage, Kaz passed away from cancer. Kiku continued to work at a beauty salon until her illnesses forced her to quit during the last year of her life. Her kindness, beauty, spirit, determination and loyalty will be remembered and missed by all who knew and loved her.
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