September 6, 1915 ~ April 16, 2015
Michiko Ogura Kondo of Corinne, Utah departed on Thursday, April 16, 2015 after a brief illness. She was five months away from approaching her 100th birthday celebration. Michiko was born on September 6, 1915 in Los Angeles, CA, to Kichijiuro and Kishino Mikami Ogura, both of whom were Japanese immigrants, known as the Issei generation. She relocated to Japan in her early childhood and later returned to America in 1933, when she married, making her part of the Kibei generation. She was the oldest of four children. She married Yuki Kondo on February 7, 1933 in Okayama, Japan. They returned to the United States and settled in Corinne, UT, where they owned a family agricultural farm and has since resided in the home they built. Together, Yuki and Michiko raised a family and built a successful farm while persevering through difficult times including the Great Depression, World War II and the internment of close family members in WWII Relocation camps. Michiko enjoyed playing the piano, cooking, reading, collecting antiques, raising various flowers and tending to her annual vegetable garden. She especially enjoyed being surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by four children, daughter, Yoshie Kondo Kishimoto of Ogden, Utah, sons Harold Kondo and Ted (Dorothy) Kondo of Corinne, UT, daughter JoAnne Kondo of San Jose, CA; five grandchildren, Carri (Dan), Tamiko (George), Emiko (Tom), Ryan (Lauren), and Erik; one step-grand-daughter, Michelle (Mike); five great-grandchildren, five step-great-grandchildren; one step-great-great grandchild. Also surviving is her younger sister Fujiko Kato of Okayama, Japan. She was preceded in death by her husband Yuki, daughter Hideko Kondo, son Johnny Kondo, brothers Isamu Ogura and Kazuyuki George Ogura. She was affiliated with the Koyasan Buddhist Church, Nichiren Shu Buddhist Temple, and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Graveside services were held on Monday, April 20, 2015, officiated by Rev. Shokai Kanai of the Nichiren Shu Buddhist Temple of Nevada. Michiko will rest next to Yuki Kondo at the Corinne Cemetery.