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Mieko Obituary

March 31, 1933 — October 5, 2012

Mieko Kosuge Brown, age 79, of Oak Ridge passed away Friday October 5, 2012 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center Nashville, TN.
She was born March 31, 1933 in Mito City, Japan to Gisubro and Kiko Kosuge both now deceased. She was the third child of 7 children. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and was a Chemical Operator at Y-12 retiring in 2010 at the age of 77 and received an award for 35 years of service without a sick day. She was a member of the Japanese Dance Club of Oak Ridge. She loved to knit and sew and was a fashion designer designing and making most of her clothes. She loved to read especially Japanese books and loved traveling. In the 1950's she went to visit grandmother in Sendai, and met a GI, Ulys Grant. She fell in love and married despite her fathers objections. They had met at a Christian bible study and Mieko became a christian. She came to America in 1954 and began a family. She had to learn English at night school and had to raise 3 boys by herself when Ulys became disabled. Her family was with her during her warrior spirited fight during her illness. Many including doctors and nurses felt she was overcoming her illness so it was a shock to them and us all on her passing. Mieko is and always will be a role model and centerpiece for her family.
Besides her parent she is preceded in death by her husband Lenley A. Brown in 1990, her brother Soichiro Kosuge and her sister Toshiko Yamada. She is survived by 3 sons: Arthur Grant of Oliver Springs, John Grant and his wife Connie of Franklin, TN, and Micahel Grant of Atlanta, GA, 8 grandchildren: Jason, Joey, John Adam, Jenna, Mari, Matt, Kiko, and Kenji, 7 great grandchildren: Kai, Cole, Kendel, Haden, Kimeiko, Lacy, and Andrew, 2 brothers: Tugio Kosuge and Mitsusishi Kosuge, 2 sisters: Mibko and Kazue, and her childrens father Ulys Grant.
Funeral services will be held Monday October 8 2012 7:00pm in the chapel of Martin Oak Ridge Funeral Home with Rev. Tommy Akien officiating. Graveside services will be held Tuesday October 9, 2012 2:00pm est at Green Acres Memory Gardens in Crossville, TN grandsons will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends prior to the service Monday night from 5:00 to 7:00pm at the funeral home.



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