Yoko Teats, 86, Independence, Kansas passed away on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at St. Johns Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Yoko's life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Webb & Rodrick Chapel and Crematory. Memorial may be made to AWOL and may be left with the chapel.
Yoko was born January 1, 1932 in Hiroshima, Japan to Kitaru and Shizuno Shibata. Yoko attended and graduated Hiroshima and Fukuoka Schools. Following her education, Yoko found employment on the Air Force Base and became fond of a man named James (Jim) E. Teats. They started dating and eventually Yoko married Jim on November 11, 1958 in Fukuoka, Japan. Since Jim was in the Military, the couple moved often and lived all over the world until 1975 when Jim retired. The couple then moved to Independence, Kansas where Yoko found employment with Emerson Electric Company, where she was employed for 24 years until Emerson closed.
Yoko's husband, Jim, passed away in 2003. Yoko was lost until she found her life partner Bob Herrmann. Yoko and Bob were inseparable for the last 15 years until her passing. Yoko was very active in her religion, The Soka Gakkai of America, a value-creating society which teaches the value of peace and happiness for all people. She enjoyed dancing, taking Art Classes, and spending time with her family. She will be remembered as a compassionate, kind, loving, hard working person that never met a stranger.
Yoko was preceded in death by her parents, one brother Tetsuya Shibata and one sister Noriko Shibata. Those left to honor her memory include two sons, Lynn (Charlotte) Teats, Independence, KS; James E. ( Paula) Teats, Frontenac, KS; one daughter, Rosa (Tom) Ahrens, Oakley, KS; one sister, Sachiko Akine, Fukukoa, Japan; seven grandchildren, Amanda Ahrens, Salina, KS; Brandon Ahrens, Oakley, KS; Patrick ( Libby) Ahrens, Oakley, KS; Michael Teats, Independence, KS; Anthony Johnson, Independence, KS; Jacob Teats, Frontenac, KS; Allison Townsend, Frontenac, KS; one great-grandson, Hayden Johnson, her life partner of 15 years, Bob Herrmann and his family and many friends.