Yoshiko Shimizu Wright

Yoshiko Shimizu Wright, 85, of Mershon, passed away Tuesday evening, April 14, 2020, at Orange Park Medical Center in Jacksonville, FL, following a short illness.

Born March 25, 1935 in Omura, Japan, she was the oldest child of the late Daiji and Masai Shimizu.  She married the late Haven A. Wright while he was serving in the US Navy. They lived in Long Beach, CA, Baltimore, MD, Pensacola, FL, Newfoundland, Canada, Norfolk, VA, Yokusuka, Japan, and Poway, CA. Following his retirement in 1973, they moved to Pierce County.  

She had worked various jobs in the area but worked several years as a seamstress for Jacobson’s in Waycross. She was a member of Abundant Life Christian Center in Blackshear. 

Affectionately known to her grandchildren and their many friends as “Bachan”, Japanese for “Grandma”, she was a faithful supporter of her grandchildren and great grandchildren in their sports endeavors. Traveling many miles from Georgia to North Carolina and to Augusta State University to the University of Central Florida, she loved to be in attendance for as many games as possible.    

Survivors include her 2 daughters, Susan Taylor (husband Joey), Patterson and Kathy Keadle (husband Lavon), Blackshear; four grandchildren, Josh Taylor (wife Abigail), Patterson, Kristina Mills (husband Aaron), Pineville, NC, Jeff Taylor (wife Shanna), Patterson, and Lindsay Birdsong (husband Brook), Mooresville, NC; seven grandchildren, Seth Taylor, Anslei Taylor, Brody Taylor and Thomas Mills, all of Pinesville, NC, and Josh Taylor Jr., Miley Taylor and Madison Head, all of Patterson; sisters, Kaoru Kawai, Tokyo, Japan and Kazuko Tanaka, Sasebo City, Nagasaki Prefecture; brothers, Nobuyuki Shimizu, Tokyo, Japan and Kouji Shimize, Sasebo City, Nagasaki Prefecture and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

A private graveside funeral service will be held Thursday, April 16, in the Bristol Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Abundant Life Christian Center, 905 Main Street, Blackshear, GA 31516.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing online at www.hartfh.com.

Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

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