Obituary of Mitsue Jeffrey
Mitsue Jeffrey (96) longtime St. Maries, ID resident passed away at her home on January 6, 2024. She was born to Tokichi and Semo (Toyama) Shino on April 10, 1927, in Torrance, CA. Mitsue attended Carson Street Grammer School in Torrance, CA. She was attending Phineas Banning High School when WWII began and interned in camp per President Roosevelt’s proclamation to place all those of Japanese ancestry, living on the West Coast in internment centers. She was sent to live in horse stables at the Santa Anita Racetrack, then transferred to Jerome, AR when new tarpaper barracks were completed. The internment lasted 3 ½ years.
Mitsue spent 4 years in Japan working in the typing pool for the U.S. Army, U.S. Korean Military Government and as an interpreter for a billet where U.S. Army officers and their families lived. She also worked for an Import/Export company – The Barclay Company. Upon return to the U.S., she married Jahauda Jeffrey, and the couple lived in several towns in California. She worked for the Pillsbury Cake Mix Plant in Los Angeles for 12 ½ years.
The Jeffrey family moved to St. Maries, ID in October 1967. Mitsue was employed by the G.E. Yenor Agency for 12 ½ years when the economy crunch of the 80’s hit and was relieved of her duties. She was then hired by the State of Idaho Department of Employment and retired from that position in 1997.
Mitsue enjoyed traveling, doing handcrafts, and working jig-saw puzzles. She was devoted to her church and taught Sunday School. She served as President of the ladies group and wrote and edited the bulletins for the Foursquare Church. In 2008, she joined the St. Maries Assembly of God Church.
Mitsue is survived by her children Ken and Teresa Jeffrey and Allan Jeffrey all of St. Maries, ID; sister Fumie Dunow of Monticello, UT; brother George Shino of Kamakura-Shi, Japan; numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; brother Frank Shino; and sister Yuri West.
Her Memorial Service will be Friday, January 12, 2024; at the St. Maries Assembly of God Church at 11:00 am with a gathering of family and friends in the fellowship hall of the church after services.