April 24, 1953 – Yokokawa, Gunma, Japan
March 20, 2014 – Calgary, AB
Miko Summerell, beloved wife of Howard Summerell of Calgary, passed away on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at the age of 60 years, after a courageous battle with acute leukemia.
Miko was born in Japan and moved to Calgary in 1972 to pursue her passion to learn the English language. Miko graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s degree in Linguistics, and subsequently spent over 20 years teaching Japanese at the University Of Calgary. It was while she was working on her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Calgary when she met her husband, Howard. Miko was a volunteer for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, working as a translator for NHK (Japanese Broadcasting Corporation). At the time of her passing she was also learning the Spanish language.
Miko was an active member of the Japanese community. She also loved to go hiking in the mountains, house-boating in the Shuswap’s, taking the motor-home out to Vancouver Island and going on the annual vacation to Mazatlan, Mexico in the winter with her family. Over the years, she loved watching her children, Ken and Sarah, play hockey. She had a passion for traveling and spending time with her grandson, Maddix.
Miko is survived by her loving husband Howard of thirty-three years; her children Ken and Sarah (Craig) Dreger, and grandson Maddix, with an additional grandson on the way; her mother Toshiko; brother Junichi and sister Machiko all of Japan; sister-in- law Lynn MacPherson; niece Keri and nephew Joshua; and numerous nieces and nephews back in Japan. Miko was predeceased by her father, Yoshinobu Shimizu, in 1996.
The family has a special request for everyone dear to Miko’s heart, to register on the OneMatch Stem Cell and Bone Marrow registry at www.onematch.ca or calling 1-888-236-6283.
A Celebration of Miko’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made directly, in Miko’s name, to the Tom Baker Cancer Center. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Miko Summerell, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences