Beverly May Shimizu

Beverly May Shimizu, born Sept. 28, 1923 in La Mesa, Calif., to Japanese immigrant parents, Tamayo and Ohokichi Miyamoto, and sister to Yukio Miyamoto, passed away Sunday, March 20, 2011 in Santa Rosa, Calif. Beverly is preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Sho Shimizu (2008) and her son, Gregory Shimizu. She is survived by her daughter, Cynthia (Robert) Bisagno of Santa Rosa; grandchildren, Naomi Bisagno of Tustin, Calif., and Jessica Bisagno of Davis, Calif. Beverly graduated from Grossmont High School in La Mesa, Calif. in 1941. During WWII she was sent with her mother and brother to the Poston Internment Camp in Arizona. After the war, she moved with her family to Chicago, Ill. where she met and married Sho Shimizu in 1948, they lived in Redondo Beach, Calif. in the 1950's and moved to Anaheim in 1962. While they lived in Southern California, Beverly worked as a secretary and bookkeeper and was a member of the Anaheim Japanese Free Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School and sang in the church choir. In 1971 they moved to Santa Rosa and was a member of the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church where she and her husband sang in the choir. In 1986 she retired from the insurance industry at State Farm Insurance as a word processor. In 1990 they moved to Middletown, Calif. and attended Middletown Bible Church. In the mid 1990's they moved to Shady Cove, near Medford, Ore. and attended 1st Church of the Nazarene in Medford, moving then to Phoenix, Ore., when her husband passed in 2008. In 2010 she moved back to Santa Rosa. Beverly's many interests included camping and fishing during early married years, photography, gardening; flowers, she collected figurines & pictures of waterwheels, Japanese artwork & artifacts, traveling, shopping, music; sang in church choirs, played piano and emailing friends and family. Friends & family are invited to attend a Memorial Service Saturday, April 9, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church, 1577 Guerneville Rd., Santa Rosa, with a committal service at Santa Rosa Memorial Park at 4 p.m. Richard Thomas officiating. Santa Rosa Mortuary Eggen & Lance Chapel, 545-3747.

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