Lillian Matsumoto Obituary

South San Francisco, CA     March 15, 2014 

Everything South City expresses our sympathy to our Mayor Karyl Matsumoto and her family on the recent passing of her mother Lillian.  Karyl had stated during her city council campaign last year she would need extra time to spend caring for her mother who had been ill. Those who have walked with a loved one through a terminal illness are due much respect.

From Garden Chapel Obituary (click HERE to leave your condolences)

Lillian I. Matsumoto

Born: Tue., Feb. 4, 1913
Died: Thu., Feb. 27, 2014

Lillian passed away peacefully at the age of 101. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on February 4, 1913. She entered the University of California, Berkeley at the age of 16 and graduated with a Graduate Certificate from the School of Social Welfare. She and her husband Harry were recognized for their work at the Children’s Village orphanage in the Manzanar Relocation Camp. Manzanar was the only relocation camp to house an orphanage. When they left Manzanar they adopted one of the orphaned baby girls. Lillian retired after 19 years from UC Berkeley’s Inter-Library Loan Department. Lillian is survived by daughter Karyl, son Kent (Dee diSomma), granddaughter Sabetta Matsumoto (Jordan Leef), sisters Grace Tasaka and Kim Iida and many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 15th, at St. Clements Episcopal Church, 2837 Claremont Blvd., Berkeley, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of Manzanar, P.O. Box 357, Independence, CA 93526 or a charity of your choice. Condolences may also be made at


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