Ayako “Buckey” Mitsunaga Shiba

Ayako “Buckey” Mitsunaga Shiba


Our devoted and loving mother,  Ayako “Buckey” Mitsunaga Shiba passed away on June 10, 2019. She was 88 years old. Born February 18, 1931 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was married to Hideo “Speedy” Shiba  for 44 years before he passed away.

Buckey is survived by daughters: Joanne (Peter) Goodall, Vicki (Hans) Hansen, Sharon (Tim) Salazar, Sandra Shiba; sisters Hatsumi Kitani and Kiku Nagai; and brother Jimi (Barbara) Mitsunaga. Preceded in death by her husband Speedy, siblings: Tamio Mitsunaga; Koji Mitsunaga; and Utako Miyagishima and grandchild, Cheryl Ayako Hansen.

She was such a very loving and involved Bachan and dearly loved all her grandkids and great grandkids:  Peter Douglas Goodall (Candelynne and Aria); Amy Yasuko and  Chris George (Noah, J.J., Sammy, Danny, Michaela, Abi, Zach and JoJo); Brian Richard and Stephanie Hansen (Joshua, Xander and Lily);  Lisa Karoline and Shay Stucki (Michael, Jalon, Farrah, Mya, Cruz and Alahni); Mark Hideo and Molly Hansen (Piper and Evie); Elisa Naomi Salazar; Maria Elena and Daniel Becerril (Isaiah and Max); Essence Ayako Olivia Salazar; Teresa Anne and Katherine Salazar (Milton, Thomas, Serenity, Raidyn).

During her working career, she gained experience in a variety of areas.  In her younger years, she worked in the family grocery store.  After she graduated from West High school, Buckey attended a school of fashion design in California and became a very accomplished seamstress, tailor and upholsterer.  After a short period of office work she waitressed at China Village for many years.  She then became a skilled electronic mechanical assembler for Northrop Grumman where she retired at the age of 70 years old.

Buckey was known for having an outgoing personality, always striking up conversations with people and making them laugh and smile. She was a member of the Alpine Country Club and enjoyed her time golfing with Speedy and friends at many different golf courses. She also enjoyed travelling extensively in the states and was thrilled by her trips through the United Kingdom and Canada, but her favorite place to frequently visit was LAS VEGAS!!!!!  During her spare time she was an avid reader, enjoying a variety of novels.

For Buckey, her family was always the most important to her.  She loved attending her childrens’,  grandchildrens’ and great grandchildrens’ awards ceremonies, athletic events, concerts, programs and performances.  Time with family was especially precious.  She enjoyed creating delicious family-favorite meals made with care and love. Her happiest moments were visiting with all the children and enjoying the many various kinds of family gatherings.

Mom, a mother is the heart and soul of the family and you were exactly that for us.  We deeply appreciate the importance you instilled in our hearts of developing a strong, close and loving family, built on respect and integrity.  These qualities are engrained in our hearts and will continue throughout future generations. You are a treasured part of our memories that we will cherish forever.  We miss you and will always love you.

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