MARQUETTE, MI. - Terue Shimizu Mick, passed away peacefully at her home of 57 years on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.
Terue was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Richard Earl Mick, her parents, one sister, four brothers, and brother-in-law, Howard H. Mick.
Terue was born on July 20, 1931 in Kiryu, Japan. Upon graduating from high school, she completed a degree as a dressmaker and certified nurse's aide in Kiryu, Japan. She was working at a hospital in Japan when she met the first love of her life, Richard Mick, during the Korean War. They were married in Japan in 1952. Richard and Terue first resided with Richard's parents in Hazel Park, Michigan after the war where Richard completed pharmacy school. Richard's mother taught Terue the art of upholstery and curtain making. They were commissioned to make curtains for the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit, Michigan.
Richard and Terue chose to make Marquette their home in 1957. They took pride in the home they built on Wilson Street. They were awarded Marquette's most beautiful yard award in 1982. Terue's main passion was her flower gardens and she grew award winning dinner plate dahlias, begonias, vegetables and had a raspberry patch.She was well known for the best raspberry jam and canned tomatoes. In her younger years, Terue greatly enjoyed cross country skiing, trout fishing, and country line dancing. Richard and Terue cherished their family and close friends who were like family to them and their dogs.
Terue was very proud of becoming a U.S. citizen in the 1960's. She was very patriotic and loved all types of music. Terue loved blueberry picking, sleepovers at her daughter's where they would garden together and watch old movies, and go to the casino. She especially loved cooking and frequently hosted dinners for her friends with her specialty dishes such as corned beef and cabbage, spaghetti, and shrimp tempura. She met her very special group of life-long friends (the Golden Girls) every Friday for supper.
They had one daughter, Bonnie Jones (Stephen Jones) whom they were so proud of and the second love of Terue's life her grandson, Richard Connor Jones, age 9. She had a very special bond with "Connor". She also had special life-long friends, Bonnie Arkens, Joe Johnson, Bill and Noriko Maurer, and an especially close nephew, Keith D. Mick. Terue also had a sister-in-law, Nancy Mick, and several cherished nieces and nephews in Shelby Township and Kiryu, Japan.
She will be missed the most for her great sense of humor and ability to laugh at herself and promote laughter in others. Terue loved the community of Marquette, her home, her family, her friends, and was a wonderful mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend.
Visitation will be held at the Canale Tonella Funeral Home on Saturday, May 10th from 10 a.m. to 12 noon where a memorial service will be conducted in the funeral home at noon with the Rev. Leon Jarvis presiding. A luncheon will immediately follow the service in the funeral home. A private burial service will take place in the Park Cemetery.
Memories may be shared at canalefuneral.com