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July 28, 2013

Toshiko Sugimoto Worley, 83; New Albany

A celebration of life for Toshiko Sugimoto Worley, 83, New Albany, will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 18, 2013, at the Kentucky Center for Performing Arts, with friend Steven Renner officiating. She passed away Thursday, July 25, 2013. 

Toshiko was born April 25, 1930, in Tokyo, Japan. She was proud to become a U.S. Citizen and loved her country. She retired from the Ford Motor Company after having been one of the first 10 women hired at the Fern Valley Assembly Plant. In her later years, her love in life was through her volunteer work at the Kentucky Center and Actors Theater. In 2011, she was honored as the Kentucky Center’s outstanding volunteer, and received the Home Away from Home Award for each of the seven years she volunteered. 

She is survived by her loving daughters, Brenda Yeoman and her husband, Richard, Greenwood, and Vivian Worley, New Albany; a granddaughter, Ariel Uesseler; a grandson, Ian Usseler; and dear friends John and Karen Sullivan, Shepherdsville, Ky. She is also survived in Japan by her brothers, Masakatsu, Hideo and Akio Sugimoto; a sister, Shigeko Okada; and many nieces and nephews. 

Miss T will always be remembered for the respect and kindness with which she inspired others. In lieu of donations or flowers, and in the spirit of her boundless generosity, the family requests that those touched in their lives by Miss T might perform a “random act of kindness” in her honor. If you would like to participate in this endeavor, please record your act of kindness on a note card to be collected at the celebration.  

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