Mary Tsuruko Yogi Keesee passed away peacefully at her home in Medford, Ore. July 18, 2012 surrounded by her family. Mary was born September 9, 1920 to Kana Yogi and Kameyo Uehara in Hilo, Hawaii. She grew up in Hilo with her brother Satoshi, who survives, as well as many relatives who were very special to her. In 1948 she married Gerald G. Keesee in Honolulu, Hawaii and shortly after the couple came to live in Medford.

Her life was dedicated to her most precious possession, her family. Though only 4'10", she had the heart of a giant. She'd make sure you had something to eat, welcome you in and make you feel loved. She is survived by her children, Henry Keesee, Mary Warren, Margaret Eklund, and Katherine Keesee-Morales; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. We'll miss you so much Mom...

Please join us for a graveside service on Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 11:00 a.m., at Siskiyou Memorial Park, Medford. A celebration of her life will be held in September.