Mayumi Miyamoto Shaheen
1954 - 2020
April 26, 1954 - October 18, 2020 Mayumi Miyamoto Shaheen, 66 years old, Osaka, Japan born, resident of Long Beach, passed away on October 18, 2020. Survived by her husband of 48 years, Jay; children, Phillip Shaheen, Buffy (Scott) Moye; grandchildren, Taylor, Jacob, Alina, Ryan, and Morgan; she is also survived by her mother, Hisako Miyamoto; sister, June (Randy) Donovan; nephew Nico; niece Amanda and many other relatives. Proceeded in death by her brother, Eiji Miyamoto and father, Arthur Miyamoto. Mayumi emigrated from Japan in 1958 with her brother and mother, joining her father to live in Los Angeles, California. In 1967, the family moved to Long Beach where she attended Long Beach Poly High School while working at her parent's market, Art's Market. She graduated in 1971 and began to study at Long Beach State University. In Lecture Hall 151, she met her future husband of 48 years, Jay. They were married in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 1, 1972. Mayumi was an Ondo instructor and a dedicated volunteer at the Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center. Mayumi loved traveling, eating desserts, and sampling wines from different regions. She was the heart of our family. She always had a ready smile and kind words for her friends and neighbors. She had a way of making everyone feel special. She will be loved and missed. She will live in our hearts forever. Due to the pandemic, the family will hold a private graveside service at Rose Hills. The family will hold a Celebration of Life when it is safe to do so.

Published by Press-Telegram on Nov. 6, 2020.
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Dear Jay, June and Family,
My sincere condolences for the loss of your beloved wife/mom/grandma/sister/daughter/aunty ... Mayumi was always such a bright light! Always smiling, encouraging, positive and sincere. We "grew up" together at LB Poly. I always saw Mayumi as such a sweet person with such a passion for Japanese culture. Her marriage to Jay and their valuable work in the LB JA community has been inspiring and impactful. Despite all of her health concerns, Mayumi would always have a presence, not afraid to jump in and help and be a part. What an inspiration! I'm saddened that the battles she fought so valiantly to overcome finally overtook her physical body. But like you already know, she lives on in all of your hearts and minds. Many blessings to you all as you grieve and feel the loss of such a very special person.

Mayumi -- rest in peace. You lived a wonderful, beautiful life. Thanks for touching all of us in your own, special way.

Audrey
Audrey Yamagata-Noji
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November 7, 2020
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