Lucy Rieko Kono Shinmori was born in Scottsbluff Nebraska Saturday, October 6, 1928 and left this world Monday, April 13,2020 at the age of 91 to join her husband of almost 69 years. She died quietly at home. While born in the United States, Lucy spent her youth in Japan returning to the United States in 1949 and marrying Joe in 1951. Being there to take care of Joe (and others) was pretty much what Lucy was about, and we are sure she will continue to do just that. There will be cookies and rice-balls aplenty in heaven.
Lucy and Joe raised three children, Kat, Bob, and Jay, loosing Kat and Jay when they were just in their 20’s. Lucy did not let this dim her light, rather she was everybody's mom. To say Lucy doted over her two grandchildren Ben and Kendell is an understatement, they both have life-times of good memories to fall back on. Lucy also loved her puppies it was probably every dogs’ dream to have her as their person. Being Lucy’s dog was a pretty good gig.
Lucy both read and spoke Japanese fluently and was always willing to share her knowledge of Japanese cuisine and culture. Even after being in the United States for 70 some years, she still pronounced Ls as Rs...just one of the things we loved about her. When Joe came home with someone who’s car was broken down, Lucy was there with tea and a sandwich she loved making people feel at home and making sure they were well fed. You did not stay a stranger with Lucy, she knew your name and how old your kids were. She wanted to make sure you didn't catch cold or drive too fast. Lucy was devoted to her family and friends and you could always count on a birthday card from her.
Lucy was the type of person that restored your faith in humanity, not only was she kind, she believed in the goodness of others. In her later years Lucy would sometimes forget her purse in places around town, she always knew that where ever she left it would call and let us know they had it, and she was right.
Lucy will be missed by many who’s lives she touched but hopefully, we are more willing to take leaps of faith because of her.
A service honoring the lives of both Lucy and Joe will be held later when conditions allow group gatherings and travel. We will try and announce a date at least two weeks prior to the service.
Should you desire, donations in honor of Lucy can be made to: Frontier Home, Health and Hospice, 907 North Poplar Street, Suite 277, Casper, Wyoming 82601 or to your favorite animal shelter.
The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming is in charge of the arrangements .
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gormanfh.com
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