Yoshiko Shimizu Wright

Born: Mon., Mar. 25, 1935
Died: Tue., Apr. 14, 2020

Graveside Service

Thu., Apr. 16, 2020
Location: Bristol Cemetery

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Mrs. Yoshiko Shimizu Wright, age 85, of Mershon, passed away Tuesday evening (4/14/20) at Orange Park Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida 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, Virginia, Yokusuka, Japan, and Poway, California. 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) of Patterson and Kathy Keadle (husband Lavon) of Blackshear; 4 grandchildren, Josh Taylor (wife Abigail) of Patterson, Kristina Mills (husband Aaron) of Pineville, NC, Jeff Taylor (wife Shanna) of Patterson, and Lindsay Birdsong (husband Brook) of Mooresville, NC; 7 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 of Tokyo, Japan and Kazuko Tanaka of Sasebo City, Nagasaki Prefecture; brothers, Nobuyuki Shimizu of Tokyo, Japan and Kouji Shimize of Sasebo City, Nagasaki Prefecture; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

A private graveside funeral service will take place Thursday at Bristol Cemetery.

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

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Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear was in charge of arrangements.

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Lisa Gill
   Posted Wed April 15, 2020
Oh, how I love Bachan! She was the sweetest soul. I loved her sweet encouraging notes she would send to me at the daycare. She was one of my biggest supporters and prayer warriors! I love this family dearly and I'm so very sorry for your loss. Love you all!

Rosalyn Wright Murray
   Posted Wed April 15, 2020
Susan, Kathy & families, Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of sadness. We have fond memories of your parents when Kristina and Heather played softball, memories we treasure. May God comfort you all now and always. Rosalyn Wright Murray & Heather Murray.

Sheri Turner
   Posted Wed April 15, 2020
Susan, I'm so terribly sorry for the loss of your dear mother. Please know that you and your boys are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope that cherished memories of your mom will comfort you during this time. Again my deepest heartfelt condolences.

Iris Presley
   Posted Wed April 15, 2020
So sorry for your loss, my condolences to the family. Praying.

Pat Tillman
   Posted Wed April 15, 2020
So sorry for your famlies loss. Only knew you mom for a short while she was a precious soul. And loved the lord. I know she will be greatly missed.
Much love in Jesus name

Kathy Harris
   Posted Wed April 15, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you and all of the family.

Love you,


Anna Bennett
   Posted Wed April 15, 2020
Dear Susie, Kathy and the Wrght family, Yoshi was one of my cherished friends. I loved her so much. I know you all will too. I pray the Lord fill the empty places in our hearts until we meet again in heaven. She was a sweet lady who loves the Lord Jesus with her whole heart. I love you and bless you all. Anna

Gilda Miller
   Posted Wed April 15, 2020
Susan and Kathy, you have my deepest and sincerest condolences. I remember meeting your mom years ago when we were still in high school playing basketball together and she was so sweet to me. I know you will miss her but trust that she is in the arms of God.

Cathy D allen
   Posted Wed April 15, 2020
Dear family ,I worked with Yoshi several years ago in Blackshear she was a very special lady with an awesome love for the Lord and her family .i will always treasure my memories of her she prayed for me and with me .I know she is worshiping with our Heavenly Father today .I am very thankful to have known her .You all we very blessed to have her but I know you already know that ..I know you will miss her 🙏 Cathy Alllen

Mike & Lorry Jones
   Posted Wed April 15, 2020
We give our sincere condolences to all the family. Yoshi's presence and sweet smile will certainly be missed by everyone in her church family. She's now with her Saviour Jesus Christ in her heavenly home.

Cheryl Wright Walling
   Posted Wed April 15, 2020
Susan, Kathy and family, So very sorry to hear of your sweet mother's passing. My prayers and condolences are with you 🙏. Love you much. Cheryl

Gene Wright
   Posted Thu April 16, 2020
Aunt Yoshiko was the best! She was a beautiful, wonderful person! She was always so kind to me! I loved spending time where her when they were in town on leave! I enjoyed hearing her laugh! I love her much and she will be missed! Susan and Kathy, I love you girls! Gene

   Posted Thu April 16, 2020

Spring's Bounty Basket was sent by Tomoko Humphrey .

We will miss you Yoshiko-obachan. Love always, Jeff, Tomoko, Momo, Wakana, Kenshin and Miko Humphrey

Evelyn Aspinwall Sapp
   Posted Thu April 16, 2020
Susan and Kathy
So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your families.

Lesa winn
   Posted Thu April 16, 2020
Kathy and Susan, your mother was so beautiful, sweet, caring, compassionate.... I could go on and on describing her many wonderful attributes! She always had a big beautiful smile which reflected her happy heart and soul!!! Both of you have a personality and heart just like her!!! I love you both!!!!!

Carlton Turner
   Posted Thu April 16, 2020
Susan I am so sorry for your loss.You and the Family are in my Prayers, may God be with You and the Family

Robin G Wright
   Posted Thu April 16, 2020
Yoshiko was a very special lady. She was always so warm and loving. She had a smile for everyone. It was very evident that her family and her God were the most important things in her life. She will be greatly missed. She has left behind a great legacy in her family. Her girls are evidence of the life that she lived.

Kate Johnson
   Posted Thu April 16, 2020
Susan, Kathy and Families, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your Sweet Mother, My Prayers and Sympathy go out to all of You during this difficult time. May God Bless You and Lift You up during this Time of Bereavement. Love and Prayers, Kate Johnson

Lawton and Pat Taylor
   Posted Thu April 16, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to each one of you. Bachan was
a great Christian lady and always fun to be around, She will
be deeply missed by all!

Joan & Todd McArdle
   Posted Thu April 16, 2020
We are so sorry for the loss of your mom. She was such a very kind & sweet lady. I loved her so much & she loved you girls so much & enjoyed all the grand children. She was a very beautiful lady. Keeping all of you in our prayers. Know that I love you & hope to see you soon. Love, Joan & Todd

Henry Mackey
   Posted Thu April 16, 2020
So sorry for lost will keep you and your family in our prayers. The Mackey Family

Diana Alice Fanger
   Posted Thu April 16, 2020
Susan and Kathy, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. Aunt Irene was a very sweet and loving lady. My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. God bless you all! Love Alice.

Emily Aguirre
   Posted Thu April 16, 2020
Susan and Kathy,
I am sure that you don"t remember me. I met your mother and father in the 80s. Yoshi was such a dear person and friend. I continued to get to know her at church meetings,prayer groups, and AGLOW. She was a precious Christian lady. I just wanted to offer my regret at your loss and let you know that you are in my prayers. Emily Aguirre

Rhonda and Charlie Cooper
   Posted Thu April 16, 2020
We are sorry about the loss of such a sweet lady. Susan and Kathy and your families, We are remembering you in our prayers❤️

Nancy Dubberly O'Neal
   Posted Thu April 16, 2020
Aunt Yoshiko is such a sweet soul! So glad to have had her in our lives! Have fond memories of all the times we got together when Uncle Haven was on leave. Susan and Kathy love and prayers especially to you two at this time. Have comfort in knowing that you both took great care of her and that is a blessing and a star in your crowns! I know personally how rewarding it is to take care of our parents in their later years along with the open hole it leaves in your heart when they are no longer there! All our parents are now gone but together in heaven waiting to hear our names called. Praying for love and comfort for both of your families. So sorry!

Dalton & Margie Sirmans
   Posted Thu April 16, 2020
You all are in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and give you peace. We love y’all. ❤️
Dalton & Margie

Donna Murray
   Posted Fri April 17, 2020
Susan and Kathy,

May God comfort you and your families during this difficult time. I know your mom will be greatly missed. I am sorry for your loss and we will certainly keep all of you in our prayers.

Terresa Davis
   Posted Sat April 18, 2020
Susan and family,
We are so very sorry for the loss of your sweet mother. May God give you peace and comfort during this time. Hold those precious memories close to your heart. Love and prayers for all of you!

Gloria Williamson
   Posted Sun April 19, 2020
Susan, I am so sorry for your loss of your Mother. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. Always remember that God is your strength in this time for you. He will meet every need that you have. I love you and will continue to pray for you and your family. Take care and be safe. Gloria Williamson ♥️✝️

Hope Martin
   Posted Sun April 19, 2020
Susie, Kathy and families. I’m beyond sad in the loss of your Momma.
Love, Hope

Dana Montgomery
   Posted Wed April 22, 2020
Sending my heartfelt condolences to Kathy Keadle and the family. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Much Love, ~Ms. Dana~

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