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Kiyomi Murai Kirby, 88
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Kiyomi Murai Kirby, 88, of Morrison and Japan native died June 28, 2021 at Tri-Star Stonecrest Medical Center in Smyrna following a short illness. She was born Dec. 24, 1932 in Takamatsu, Japan.

She is the daughter of the late Toukiti and Taka Miyamoto Murai and was preceded in death by son Johnny Kirby, and sister Shizuyo Okamura. She was a retired beautician, an interpreter for Yorozu, a dedicated wife, doting mother, loving grandmother, and compassionate great-grandmother.

Mrs. Kirby is survived by her husband of 63 years Junior F. Kirby of Morrison, children Charles Lee and Sherry Kirby of Murfreesboro, Susie and Tom Dodson of Miramar Beach, Fla., and Jim Kirby and Gerri of Murfreesboro, seven grandchildren, Cristy, Brittany, Brandie, Brooke, Kris, Chelsea, and Courtney, several great-grandchildren, brother Seiji Murai of Japan, and sister Misawo Shimatani.

Throughout her life Kiyomi embraced the mindset of gratitude and unconditional love. She shared this way of life with everyone she met, especially her children and grandchildren. She was often described as “the sweetest and most kind woman.” She found genuine happiness in preparing rice, warm green tea, and sharing with those she loved. She was a strong woman with an empathetic heart. She carried with her true wisdom that most do not achieve in a lifetime. Thank you for all the special memories and for being a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. Hugs and kisses from all your family and friends. We love you forever Obaasan! Online condolences may be made at

High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) July 7, 2021