Mitsuko Paula Whipkey
Mitsuko Paula Kobayashi Smith Whipkey, 89, of Vienna, formerly of Grantsville, W.Va., and Riverdale Ga., died Feb. 18, 2019 in Marietta, Ohio. She was born on June 18, 1929 in Tokyo, Japan, and was the daughter of the late Keikichi and Mito (Nakamura) Kobayashi.
While residing in Calhoun County, she was employed by Rubber Fabricators as a seamstress of the inflatable rafts and slides. She also worked at Calhoun General Hospital as a nurse’s aide and an EMT, a position she dearly loved. After moving to Riverdale, she was employed by TDK Corp. as an inspector in quality control and by Costco.
Mitsuko loved to sew, knit and crochet, but her favorite hobby was growing flowers of all kinds. She loved her family and always looked forward to gathering for special occasions such as reunions, weddings, graduations and holidays. She was a blessing to her family.
She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Baine Whipkey, of Alpharetta, Ga., daughter Paula and Alan Yoak, Vienna, sons Michael and Phyllis Smith and Gary and Connie Smith, both of Grantsville and Charles and Naomi Smith of Hayama-machi, Japan; step-children, Dane Whipkey, Marietta, Ga., Charles Whipkey and Lottie Grande, Rosewell, Ga.; 13 grandchildren, Shannon, Todd, Dena, Tiffany, Nichole, Haley, Eric,, Chris, Ashley, Lauren, Will, Jack and Chase; 10 great grandchildren, Sydney, Wesley, Dylan, Haden, Bodin, Aubryn, Rylan, Emersyn, Corey and Trent; two great-great-grandchildren, Dylan II and Ellie.
Also surviving are three sisters, Mieko Sugawara, Yukie Aoki, Yoshiko Tokita and a brother, Tomio Kobayashi, all of Japan.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Kazuko Katsuyama, Yasuko Kikuchi and Michiko Kawai and by six brothers Takamitsu, Shoji, Hiroaki, Toshio, Hanryo, and Shuji Kobayashi.
Memorial services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Victory Baptist Church, Grantsville, with Pastor Steven Carter officiating. Visitation will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Burial will follow at the Smith Family Cemetery on Kerby Ridge near Hur, W.Va.
The family would like to thank the staff at Hannah’s House for their care and support of Mitsuko and to thank Dwane Weekley, Larry and Roger of St. Joseph’s Ambulance Service.