Blanket contributed by Mizu Sugimura to Blanket Stories: Transportation Object, Generous Ones, Trek

Blanket contributed by Mizu Sugimura

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Mizu Sugimura
Fife, WA
Tags
College, In honor of, Mothers, Moving west, Selected stories, World war two

This blanket is offered to salute my 89 year old mother, Susie (Yoshikawa) Aoyama, who left a WWII internment camp in the state of Wyoming at 19, worked as a church secretary in Chicago, Illinois, and put herself through college, receiving a B.S. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Illinois in 1951. She returned to UW in the 1960s and earned a Master’s Degree in Library Science and set up two scholarships for needy students a few years later at UW and Bellevue College to offer them the sort of options she was never extended.