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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  1. Dear Kiko, You are so missed, we shared so much together. When we said we were sisters, it was in the true sense of the word. My wish is that you have joined Kaz….you both know that you will continue to be in my heart.

  2. Kiko What a priceless treasure she was to me and so many others…there are no words in my heart to express the special Angel Kiko was to me… strength, courage, and dignity she had in abundance..the Lord loaned her to us to spread her unconditional love and genuine caring for All who had the priveledge to know and call her a friend. even in her darkest hours Kiko had the ability to comfort and uplift my soul …during a reign of tragedy that surrounds me….. I learned soooooo much from my special Angel Kiko I will always treasure her memory in my soul…. God rest your soul my friend and be re-united now with your beloved Kaz… Love you.. Anita

  3. I love Kiko very very much, I know she knew that. She never deserved the pain and the suffering she experienced since Kaz died. I believe in after life, and her goodness can€™t stand for nothing today. I dream that she is reunited with Kaz in paradise. My love goes to you Kiko, and you will always be in my thoughts and in my heart. Love always, Charlotte xoxo

  4. We became acquainted with Kaz and Kiko in NYC in the latter part of the 1970’s and had the privilege of working with them both, then later came to know them socially. It was always fun to be working with people who found no need for confrontation. Kiko always could diffuse tension, but it rarely appeared when she was around. Kiko was always kind and gentle, and what a sense of humor! Both Kiko and Kaz lived their lives in a modest, unpretentious, and honest fashion. They were kind to everyone and offensive to no one. Although Kiko would never have intentionally set an example of a life well lived, she did in fact set an example for many of us. She lived her life with grace. She will always remain in our hearts.

  5. Kiko is one of the most treasured gifts I have received. Knowing her and being around her sweet, caring, nurturing and humble nature brought so much comfort, inspiration and pleasure to my life. We shared many laughs, smiles and love together. My heart misses her but will always remember my Kiko-sama!

  6. Kiko always had pleasant things to say when I worked with her and when I would run into her at the beauty supply. When she came into Leon’s to visit she was always a sweetheart. Kiko will be missed. With love, Amega

  7. Dearest Kiko, you were such a bright light in all of our lives. your warmth and loving, caring nature,your humor and lightness of being touched us deeply and we will dearly miss you. As you leave on your journey to reunite with Kaz know that you will remain forever in our thoughts and deep in our hearts. with love, Mick

  8. Farewell Kiko, your spirit will indeed be missed, great memories that I will cherish always. •‚ˆ‚‰ Kevin

  9. Ever meet someone and think, this person is an angel on earth? And then they are gone. Keiko you are that for me. You have taught me by your example, and the way you lived your life is evidence that you have mastered the subtle art of generosity, givingness and grace. These are all qualities of your Love. You have been an angel on earth, and I will miss you. Kiko I know that just as loving arms were there to catch you as you were born into this human incarnation, loving arms are there assisting you in acclimating to your new life! – Peace Keiko. Love Always, in all ways. Joanie

  10. Dearest Kiko: You will be missed. Your friendship meant so much to me. You lived a full life and enjoyed every moment of it to the fullest. Goodbye, my dear and caring friend.

  11. words are inadequate at a moment such as this and for an angel such as kiko. kiko gave more love to myself and my five children than anyone i have yet to meet in our lives. she was our angel and now our guardian angel. without guile, without agenda without personal gain, kiko gave her heart, soul and all that she possessed to those she loved. her smile and warmth shall never leave me as i hold on to them dearly in my heart. i love you kiko, travel safely xxxxxxxxxx ann d.j

  12. Dear Kiku, I will always remember you trying to snorkle down in Cat Key, you did not quite master it as you came up gasping for air with your eyes crossed. But you were always willing to try new things with courage. That I will always remember of you your courage. Take care and enjoy your well deserved rest, say hi to Kaz from your old friend of the 70’s Elnora, Doi and Ame`

  13. Goodbye Kiko. You truly are an angel. I will forever treasure the gift of your kindness and loving spirit. Those gifts are now a part of my heart, soul and life. Thank you and rest in peace.

  14. We met Kiko and Kaz in 1970 in NYC and we spent many wonderful evenings at each other’s homes. We had many good times with them. Kiko was one of the funniest ladies we ever met. One day while walking on 5th Avenue I heard someone calling my name – I turned to see this little lady with bright green cowboy boots & a red satin baseball cap running towards me – it was Kiko. We will miss her greatly. She was truly one of a kind.

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