Mary M. Fujimoto
Mary M. Masunaga Fujimoto, 96, of Houston, formerly of Uvalde, died on Oct. 22, 2017, in Houston.
She was born on July 12, 1921, in Welby, Colorado, to Taki and Magoki Masunaga.
From a young age she was an avid reader and cherished the company of friends. Her teenage years were spent enjoying the Colorado countryside with her father, taking him fishing and driving the carefully loaded truck of cabbage to market. She was recognized for her academic achievements in writing and spelling at Brighton High School.
She married George Fujimoto in June of 1945 in Colorado. In 1952 the couple moved to South Texas with their two sons. After receiving a cosmetology license in Colorado and in Texas and practicing for a while, she changed professions and began working at the McAllen High School cafeteria. Initially she was mopping floors and washing pots, and eventually she was the cafeteria manager and nutritionist.
The family says Fujimoto loved summers spent cooking for the Boy Scouts at Camp Strake near Conroe. She won cooking contests with renowned chefs from around the country, once receiving a hibachi grill for a third place win.
In 1971 the couple moved from McAllen to Uvalde as proprietors of Uvalde Bowling Center. They spent 37 years running the bowling alley and making friends until retiring in 2006 and moving to Houston.
The family says she loved being with people, traveling and sightseeing on bowling tournament trips throughout the U.S. A thoughtful person, she often wrote letters to friends and loved ones; never forgetting to send cards on special occasions. She loved a good joke and often told stories of her sweet memories growing up in Colorado. During the holidays she would take canned food and clothes to the less fortunate. She shared her Japanese etiquette and traditions with her family.
She is survived by her husband, of Houston; one daughter, Donna Cole of Houston; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and two sons, Gerald Fujimoto, and Walter Fujimoto.
A memorial service was held Thursday at 4 p.m. in the auditorium at Parkway Place in Houston. Cards may be sent to George Fujimoto, Autumn Years ALF, 2111 Willow Lake Dr., Houston, TX, 77077.