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Casper, Wyoming

August 23, 1932 – September 7, 2016

Mariko Terasaki Miller (best known to her friends as Mako) was born August 23, 1932. She graduated from East Tennessee State University in 1952, and married Mayne Miller, an attorney, in 1953. The couple moved to Wyoming in 1959, and she became active in state and national politics. Mako was the first woman appointed Honorary Consul-General of Japan. She brought Japan Arts Day to Casper, and organized many cultural events. Mako also lectured frequently in the United States and Japan. In 2006, Mako was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, one of Japan’s highest honors, during a ceremony attended by Emperor Akihito.

Mariko was preceded in death by her father, Hidenari Terasaki, a Japanese diplomat; her mother, Gwen Harold Terasaki, author of the bestselling war memoir, Bridge to the Sun; and two sons, Rush and Terry.

She is survived by sons, Cole (Ann) and Timothy (Ranola); six grandchildren, Rush (Laura), Sara, Christie Cothran, Aaron (Heather), Alyssa, and Benjamin; and two great-grandchildren, Kaeda and Graeson.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to

Memorial services will be held Saturday, September 17, 11:00am at First United Methodist Church, 2nd and Durbin, Casper.

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