Nobuko D. Peters of Belleview, Fla., passed away peacefully on June 17, 2019, surrounded by family. She was born Jan. 2, 1932, in Nagasaki, Japan. When she was 13 she survived the atomic bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki and suffered radiation burns to her arms and a wound to her leg. Later she studied Ikebana floral design.
On Sept. 15, 1953, she married Harry C. Peters Jr., who was in the United States Air Force, and she became an American citizen in 1959.
They traveled throughout his military career and had three children, finally settling in El Reno in 1972, where she opened a flower shop. She was widowed in 1982 and remained in El Reno, raising her adopted son, operating her flower shop and teaching Asian cooking and floral arrangement at Redlands Community College and the Canadian Valley Technical College.
Always interested in learning, she also attended classes at Redlands Community College. In 2005, she closed her flower shop and retired to Belleview, Fla., to care for her mother-in-law until her passing.
Nobuko enjoyed talking with friends, watching golf, cooking and painting. Throughout her life she spoke to various groups and media outlets about her experience surviving the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, and she enjoyed teaching.
She is remembered bringing artistry and deliberation to everything she did.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry C. Peters Jr.; her sisters, Yaeko and Fumiko of Japan; brothers, Tokio and Fmao of Japan; and her great-grandson, Boston Michael Lee Mitchell of El Reno.
She is survived by her sister, Sumiko of California; her four children, Donna of El Reno, Joe of Belleview, Fla., Eddie of Ocklawaha, Fla., and Allen of Oklahoma City; grandchildren, Jerod Mitchell of El Reno, Zoe Fowler, Rainne Peters, Joshua Peters and Nathan Peters of Illinois, and Alex and Micheal of Florida; and great-grandchildren, Azayla of Oklahoma and Luna Fowler and Auden Fowler of Illinois.
A graveside memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 18 in the El Reno Cemetery for friends and family to remember her extraordinary life.