Tono K. Duffy was born on the first of January, 1927 on in a the Village of Hirano Mura on the main Island of Honshu in Fukushima Ken where she survived the war. In 1952, while in Japan, she took sewing and floral arrangement classes.
Tono came to Los Angeles at the age of 27 with her 2 1/2 year old daughter Rumiko. She spoke and understood very little English. At age 60 she took got her driver's license, took some night school classes, got a degree at beauty college, and became a beautician.
Later in the 1970's, she took classes in calligraphy, Haeku and Tanka. She entered and won many contests. She also took classes in Sume-e (the Japanese art of painting in black and shades of grey). Many of her painting hung on the walls of the family home and she won several first place ribbons at the Ventura County Fair.
Tono enjoyed taking long walks by herself around the neighborhood when she needed to think. She always thought about her family back in Japan, and longed to go back for a visit.
Tono always had a soft and caring soul and had a lot of friends in Ventura County, Little Tokyo and Japan who will miss her dearly. She was a wonderful, loving, beautiful wife and mother, as well as, a best friend to her husband William. He could not have asked for anything else.