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Miyo "Miko" Ashitomi Christensen

July 13, 1932 - March 25, 2014 <-

A funeral service for Miyo "Miko" Christensen will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Volmer Lutheran Church. Pastor Len Shatkus will officiate and burial will be held at the Volmer Lutheran Church Cemetery. Luncheon will be served at the church, following interment. Miko, 81, died at Sheridan Memorial Nursing Home in Plentywood on Tuesday, March 25, 2014.

Miko was born July 13, 1932 in Nago, Okinawa, Japan, a daughter of Chojitsu and Kamado Ashitomi. She was a member of the clan of the royal family of Okinawa. Her father was the mayor of Nago, the third largest city on the island. She grew up on the family farm, which was quite extensive, for an island of that size. During the invasion of Okinawa in WWII, her younger sister Sumiko died because she was bitten by a poisonous snake, while the family was hiding in the wilderness.

Miko attended school in Okinawa and then attended a tech school for dressmakers. She was married briefly to a local man and they had one son, Chokko. After their divorce, he was raised by his father.

Miko met John Christensen in 1965, while he was assigned to Okinawa while serving in the US Air Force. They were married in 1970 and lived in Okinawa until 1976. At that time, they moved to Dagmar, Montana to take over the family farm. Chokko joined Miko and John at the farm for two years, before returning to Japan in September of 1984.

Pastor Gary Brenna baptized Miko into the Volmer Lutheran Church. She was a member of the Grenora American Legion Auxiliary and Alamo Senior Citizens.

For awhile she worked at the Alta Vista Café and had previously worked in many restaurants in Okinawa. She was a self taught chef in Chinese, Japanese, Okinawan and American Cuisine.

She studied oriental flower arranging and traditional Okinawan dancing.

On the night of February 19, 2008 she suffered a stroke, while driving home from Williston and was stranded on the road for several hours. After a second stroke in July of that year, she moved to Sheridan Memorial Nursing Home in Plentywood.

Miko is survived by her husband John Christensen of Dagmar and Plentywood; her son Chokko Futenma and his wife Muneko and their children Takayuki and Kana of Hidakashi, Japan. Also surviving are her brother Choskie of Okinawa, and three sisters: Shizuko Kinjo of Okinawa, Yone Hodges and her husband Michael of Jackson Beach, Florida and Tomi Nishisuji of Okinawa. Also surviving are her two sisters-in-law, Dianne Thomas and her husband Dan of Billings, Montana and Darlene Christensen of Minot, North Dakota. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, a sister Sumiko and brother Choho.



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