Haruko Ito Carithers
February 3, 1925 – October 31, 2018
Haruko Ito was born February 3, 1925, in Hakata, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. She died on October 31, 2018, in Orlando, Florida. Haruko attended schools, Elementary through College in Fukuoka, Japan. During and after her school years, she worked for her family’s businesses in Fukuoka. In 1952, during the Korean War, Haruko met and married Robert Lee Carithers, a U.S. Army soldier. In 1953,near Tokyo,Japan,their son Jimmie was born. Later on in that year,they returned to America, where Robert Lee was discharged. Children, Robert (Georgia), Terry(Mississippi) and Linda Sue (Jacksonville,Florida) followed. In 1970 the family moved to Orlando, Florida. Haruko was a homemaker, seamstress, and Disney employee (Epcot). She learned to drive at age 60. She was a longtime member of Sakura-Kai, a Japanese cultural club. She participated in yearly cultural dances and monthly group lunches. She visited Japan,multiple times, to visit family and go on travel tours. Her hobbies were cooking, reading, fishing, her pets, and watching Japanese and American tv and movies. Haruko was married to Robert for 65 years until his death in Orlando in 2017. Beloved mother Haruko is survived by Jimmie Carithers, Robert J Carithers, Terry (Cindy) Carithers and Linda Sue Carithers-Huffman. Also by grandchildren, Jonathan Huffman, Matthew Carithers and Brian (Kristi) Carithers.
- Graveside Service Friday, November 9, 2018