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05/17/1946 — 07/12/2023
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Junko Morita Flint, 77 of Richland passed away on July 12, 2023, with her family at her side. She was born May 17, 1946, in Fukuoka, Japan. This is where she grew up and went to school. She met and became pen friends with Larry Flint, on temporary Army duty near Fukuoka in 1965. Eight years later, in 1973 she came to California and they were married in Pacific Palisades. She has lived in Richland for 42 years. Junko’s life’s work was her family, her husband, her children, and later her grandchildren. She loved gardening, animals, and watching birds and squirrels in the yard, even feeding some by hand. She also treasured time with friends. She brought gentle kindness and joy to the world that will be missed.
Junko is preceded in death by her mother, Tamino Morita, her father Moriichi Morita, and three older brothers, Uuichi, Takao, and Teruo Morita. Junko is survived by her brother Toshio and sister Fumiko, her husband Larry, children, Lisa and Emily, and grandchildren Finnian and Morgan Bisset.
A celebration of life potluck lunch will take place at 12:30 pm on Saturday, August 12th, at the Richland Community Center at 500 Amon Park Dr.in Howard Amon Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation consideration could be made to one of the below:
- Cancer research at Cancer Research Institute (CRI) at https://www.cancerresearch.org/; 29 Broadway, Floor 4, New York, NY 10006-3111
- The Tri-City Union Gospel Mission at https://tcugm.org/ ; 221 S 4th Ave, Pasco, WA 99301
- Benton Franklin Humane Society at https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E231168&id=1 ; 1736 E 7th Ave, Kennewick, WA 99337
So sorry to hear! Prayers for all!
Heartfelt condolences to those lucky enough to know and love Junko. I remember her sweet smile and sparkle, her tender way with animals and people, how easy it was to make her laugh. Aunt Junko was a truly kind and caring person and she will be dearly missed.
Oh Larry I am saddened by your loss. I met your Wife when you had a bunch of us over for an afternoon of fun . I also remember her cheesecake, it was the absolute best. I will see you at the park Aug 12
Oh Larry, I am saddened by your loss. I remember meeting your wife when you had a bunch of us over for an afternoon of fun. I remember she made the absolutely best cheese cake. I will be at the park Aug 12
Junko’s passing came so quickly that it was quite a jolt for all of us, including her friends as Junko was always the healthy one. She had been my nurse several times during and after my heart and hip surgeries – at least for a few days I could give back to her in that regard. Junko was the love of my life and I felt blessed and fortunate to have had 50 great years of sharing life together and raising a family with her. Marrying her was the very best thing I ever did. She will leave a hole in our lives. I always felt that I would be the one to go first so at least she is spared having to go through that loss. May she rest in peace now in the presence of our Lord.