Sumie Carman

As a NAVY spouse she lived many places in Japan, Georgia, Missouri finally settling down in Raytown, Missouri.

She was a very active and long time member of SGI Nichiren Buddhism and began her practice in Sasebo, Japan on June 30, 1958.

The oldest of six children, she was preceded in death by her parents & two brothers. She is survived by her children – daughter Milesa Carman of Coconut Creek, FL and son John Carman of Kansas City, MO.  Four grandchildren – Ronnie Shapiro (Brooklynne) of Portage, IN, Danny Shapiro (Alicia) of Savannah, GA, Natalie Carman of Shawnee, KS, Thomas Carman of Tampa, FL and two great granddaughters.

Sumie loved to read a lot, mostly the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin and her mentor Daisaku Ikeda.  She loved to watch Sumo, Japanese singing & cooking shows, cook, garden, dance but most of all she adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was loved by many and will be remembered as an inspiration to those who knew her.  Sumie passed peacefully on Friday, March 8, 2024 in Kansas City, MO at 92 years young.  She lived an extraordinary life and will be forever missed.


  1. Natalie on March 12, 2024 at 9:01 am

    Grandma you had the kindest heart, you were always thinking of others, cooking for us and making us laugh. We love you grandma , and you are so missed ❤️

  2. Mitchell Williams on March 25, 2024 at 8:37 pm

    You will be missed. I enjoyed your laughs and wit.

  3. Kathleen Ross Dahlman on March 28, 2024 at 10:08 am

    Dear Sumie,
    I will never forget your loving kindness and attention towards my daughter and me. We were always reassured to see you when we visited the SGI Buddhist Center. Thank you for your courageous pioneering spirit, your generous heart and your sunny energy. Love shared multiplies. Your eternal happiness is certain. My condolences to your beautiful children.

  4. Susan Main on March 28, 2024 at 4:52 pm

    I’m saddened to hear, she was a very sweet woman and loved her cooking! You are in my thoughts Milesa and family

  5. Connie Davis on March 28, 2024 at 8:15 pm

    So sorry to hear of the passing of an old friend and former neighbor.I so loved her delicious cooking!! This is the lady that introduced me to Japanese food and I acquired a taste for it as well as curry pork, which I love. She was such a nice lady that was so very devoted to her children. I really missed this family when they moved away. Hello to Tommy and Melissa.

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