Yayo Nakano

Dec 15, 1920 - Mar 10, 2014


Yayo was born on December 15, 1920 in Fresno, CA. She passed away at her home in Yuba City, CA surrounded by her family on March 10, 2014 at the age of 93.

Yayo was raised on a farm in Tulare, CA where her parents raised cotton and grapes. During WWII, she and her family were relocated to Jerome, AR and returned to Tulare after the war. In 1954, Yayo married Takeo Nakano and moved to Yuba City where they farmed a variety of fruits and vegetables and raised three children. In addition to packing their produce for shipping, they opened a “self-service” roadside fruit stand in 1962. The fruit stand was later a summer job for their children and eventually became the “Nakano Farm’s Fruit Stand” in which Yayo sold strawberries and managed the business. Everyone who knew Yayo knows that she was an extremely sociable person who greatly enjoyed meeting, chatting with, and getting to know the customers who stopped at the stand. She so enjoyed visiting with the people at the stand that she became affectionately known as “The Strawberry Lady”. In addition to working hard on the farm, Yayo took pleasure in entertaining the many relatives and friends who visited regularly. Although she loved working at the stand and entertaining at her home, Yayo’s greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren. Nothing made her happier than having her grandchildren visit and play on the farm.

Yayo was preceded in death by her husband, Takeo Nakano; two sisters, Suyo Sasaki and Miyo Muramatsu; and a grandson, Kevin Moore.

She is survived by her children, Ron Nakano of Yuba City, Karen (Ron) Nakatani of Yuba City, and Joyce (Kenneth) Moore of Rocklin. Yayo is also survived by her grandchildren, Neil and Jill Nakatani and Jennifer and Allison Moore. In addition, she leaves behind her sister, Reiko (Terry) Kurima of DeSoto, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Yayo was a member of the Marysville Buddhist Church and the Buddhist Women’s Association for many years.

A private family service will be held.

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