Yuriko Ling, of Franklin, IN passed away on Sunday, December 9, 2018. Yuriko was born on July 11, 1941 to Hanzo and Tai Tomiya in Yokohama, Japan. She is one of three children.
She grew up in Tokyo, Japan. She graduated from Komaba High School in Tokyo, Japan and studied at Tokyo Women’s Christian University earning a degree in English and American literature. She immigrated to the United States and received a Masters degree in Folklore from Indiana University. While at Indiana University, she met her husband, Yu-long Ling. While in Bloomington, IN they married and had their only child, Tony. She moved to Franklin, IN where she raised Tony, taught at Franklin College and IUPUI and became an advisor to KYB Industries. She was an accomplished and successful women. She helped bring the first Japanese company to Franklin, IN, KYB Industries. She also established a sister city exchange between Franklin, IN and Kuji, Japan. For her accomplishments, she received the Woman of the Year Award from the Franklin Chamber of Commerce as well as numerous Mother of the Year and Grandmother of the Year awards from Tony and her granddaughters, Hana, Mei and Kei.
Yuriko was an author and wrote several children’s books, most notably, “The Little Tiny Bell,” dedicated to her son, Tony. She was also an avid collector, amassing a collection of hundreds of dolls and baskets.
Yuriko is survived by her husband, Yu-long, her son, Tony (Anna)of Chicago, IL; her granddaughters, Hana, Mei and Kei and her brothers, Satoshi and Kunio. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother and a proud and doting grandmother. She is loved and will be deeply missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Services will be private. Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 300 South Morton Street, Franklin, IN, 46131, is handling the arrangements. Please make memorial contributions to the Chicago Dragons Athletic Association at https://www.gofundme.com/chicagodragons. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.swartzmortuary.com. Information at 317-738-0202.