Mari Morita Blum

26 February, 19305 October, 2021

Mari Morita Blum of Cary, passed away peacefully in the early morning of Tuesday, October 5. She was 91 years old.

Native to Kyoto, Japan, Mari was born on February 26, 1930 and raised by her loving parents, Kichimatsu and Tomi Morita. Mari started college at Doshisha University before finishing a degree in fashion college. She went on to have a successful modeling career in Tokyo and Osaka, including for European fashion designers such as Christian Dior. Mari met the love of her life, Robert Blum, while he was stationed at a Marine Corps Air Base in Iwakuni.

After a year of badgering from Bob, she finally followed him to the United States in December 1964. They had two children, David and Karen.

Mari became a United States citizen on October 4, 1996 so she could vote against people she did not like. She voted in every election after becoming a citizen.

Mari was spectacularly talented. She taught many classes to Marine wives and children at Camp Lejeune and Camp Pendleton, including Japanese, French, and Chinese cooking, oil painting, watercolor, Japanese calligraphy, Japanese woodblock cutting, quilting, knitting, and French knots. She loved to eat sweets, particularly Japanese confectionaries.

Mari loved to spend time with her grandson, Silas. She also enjoyed traveling to Kyoto to visit her daughter, Mayumi, son-in-law, Nobu, granddaughter, Hitomi, and great grandson, Shunsuke. She was beloved to so many people. Everyone who met her was touched by her warm smile and genuine interest and care for others. She was special in so many ways.

A burial service will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, October 6, at the Jewish Hebrew Cemetery in Raleigh. The family will receive friends and sit Shiva after the service, at the home of Dave and Crystal Blum, at 5604 Millrace Tr. in Raleigh, culminating in a prayer service at 7:30 pm. The family requests that anyone wishing to make a donation do so to Beth Meyer Synagogue in Raleigh, NC, or Toys for Tots.

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Alida Wells

7 October 2021

Dave & Karen,

So sorry to hear of the loss of both your parents. They were both so incredibly kind and loving to me. I loved your mom's laugh and her awesome chocolate chip cookies. It was always hard to sneak that extra cookie when your dad was in the vicinity. I have very fond memories of both your parents. May they both rest in peace.

Beverly Eischen

7 October 2021

I had a shop in downtown Cary over the years Karen and Mari would come in and we became friends. So did our daughters . Mari was funny and also very beautiful . If I would have a peice of Jewelry a man was looking to buy for his wife he would ask Muri to try it on , of course it looked wonderful on her and I would have a sale. My daughter thought of her as her Asian Mom. We will miss her . So sorry Karen for you and your brother loosing both parents together but maybe that was the best for both f them. Love you Bev

Charday and Jason Bolivar

5 October 2021

We send our love, thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time. May Mari's light and life fill your hearts with lasting memories now and always.

Marty Herndon

5 October 2021

My deepest sympathy to you. I am very sorry for your loss.

Gail Pacheco

5 October 2021

Sending love to a special cousin. Love, Gail and Chico. 🌺

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