Cherry Blossoms

Chiye Matsumoto

April 12, 1921 ~ September 7, 2021 (age 100)


Mrs. Chiye Matsumoto of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Massey Matsumoto, passed away at St. Therese Villa on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at the age of 100 years.

Chiye was born April 12, 1921 to Katsube and Asako Fukami in Mission B.C. She graduated from school there and continued her education to become a seamstress. She married Masanari (Massey) Matsumoto in 1941. They were moved to Southern Alberta along with their parents, sisters and brothers in 1942. They had two sons Robert (Bob) and Gerald (Jerry). The family lived in Coaldale, Monarch, and Bow Island. Chiye continued her sewing for family and community. She enjoyed being with people - curling, golfing, dancing, card playing and scrabble. She loved the gatherings with family and friends and especially the annual reunions at the Lyczewski farm near Bow Island.

Chiye is survived by her sons Robert (Bob) and his wife Loraine of Lethbridge, and Gerald (Jerry) of Calgary; grandchildren Todd Matsumoto of Calgary and his daughters Cai-lei and Laurann; Kerri Matsumoto of Calgary and her children Reed and Shae; Corey Matsumoto of Powell River B.C and daughter Karleigh; Jerianne (Glen Legrow) of Calgary and children Ryan and Mya; sister-in-law Sylvia Fukami of Kamloops B.C; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

Chiye was predeceased by her husband Massey; parents Katsube and Asako Fukami; brother Malcom (Mac) and wife Sachiko (Sue) Fukami; sister Marie and husband Ted Saito and Brother Tom Fukami.

 As per Chiye’s wishes, she will be privately remembered by family and friends. The family would like to thank the kindness and care given to Chiye by the staff at St. Therese Villa.

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