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Matsuye Tao Obituary

Matsuye  Tao
Matsuye Tao

July 12, 1914 - July 3, 2017
Born in Locke, California
Resided in Palo Alto, CA


Matsuye Tao
July 12, 1914 - July 3, 2017

Matsuye Tao, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, passed away on July 3, 2017, in San Mateo, California, at the age of 102. She was born in Locke, California, the eldest of 5 children, to Sukeichi and Nobu Kuramoto. At the age of 5, Matsuye and her younger sister, Kikuye, were sent to Yamaguchi, Japan, to be raised by their paternal grandparents. When Matsuye was 16, she returned to Locke. She married Yojiro Tao in 1933. They lived in Walnut Grove and a daughter, Yoshie, and a son, Frank, were born. The family spent several years in internment camps (Gila River, Arizona, and Tule Lake, California) during World War II. In 1949, the family moved to the Bay Area and settled permanently in Palo Alto. The last 6 years, she resided at Sakura Gardens, an assisted care home in San Mateo.
Matsuye was predeceased by her husband, Yojiro Tao, her brother, Eimi Kuramoto, and her sister, Haruko Hashimoto. She is survived by her daughter, Yoshie Janet (Glenn) Kameda, of Palo Alto and her son, Frank (Carol) Tao of Sunnyvale. She is also survived by her sister, Kikuye Okamoto of San Mateo, and her brother, Sam (Shirley) Kuramoto of San Jose. She also leaves behind 5 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held on Tuesday, July 18, at 2:00 p.m., Palo Alto Buddhist Temple, 2751 Louis Road, Palo Alto.


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